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Redistricting at ‘impasse’?

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2011 at 11:07 am |
November 29, 2011 11:07 am

That’s the word Republican Slade Gorton used at today’s Redistricting Commission meeting to describe his negotiations with Democrat Tim Ceis over legislative districts in the north part of Western Washington.

Ceis said that might be too strong but agreed the pair have areas of disagreement.

The report from the other two voting members of the commission wasn’t any more positive. Republican Tom Huff said his bargaining with Democrat Dean Foster over districts in the south of Western Washington has seen only “nominal” progress.

Foster added: “We take two steps forward; sometimes we go back one. Sometimes we go back two.”

It’s clear the panel’s work is stalled with just more than one month remaining to not only resolve their current deadlock and then figure out Seattle and Eastern Washington districts, but also to reach a deal on how to draw 10 districts for Washington’s members of Congress. Congressional districts haven’t yet been taken up in negotiations.

If they blow their Jan. 1 deadline for submitting a plan to the Legislature, the duty goes to the state Supreme Court, which gets two months to write its own plan.

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