Two different Idaho panels were unable to come up with a redistricting plan to comply with the constitutional “one man, one vote” ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Idaho Supremes have nixed the latest version after several counties filed suit protesting a split of legislative districts within their counties.
This politically charged issue comes up every 10 years, but with primary deadlines looming, it points out an attitude that is all too common in Idaho. Laws seem to be passed for the convenience of politicos rather than for the common good.
Rather than “get ‘er done,” the state legislative attitude seems to be, “Well, we can just CHANGE THE LAW and have primary elections at a later date.” When the reapportionment groups came up with their map, the counties didn’t like the result and filed lawsuits to ultimately CHANGE THE LAW.
When the Occupy protesters camped out on the state-owned annex lawn, they were not in violation of any laws. The group actually worked with state officials to keep the protest orderly and relatively sanitary (portable toilets are on site). Now, legislators are tired of being reminded of their presence and will soon CHANGE THE LAW to ban camping on state property.
When Senator John McGee got popped for DUI and auto theft, no one in officialdom had the cajones to “do the right thing.” Instead a prosecutor from Oregon was hired, thus relieving the local prosecutor and the attorney general from being forced to act. While they didn’t change the law, they avoided their duties.
When local governments were forced to obey the constitution by lenders and the Idaho Supreme Court, cities got the legislature to CHANGE THE LAW and pass a constitutional amendment (ratified by voters) that exempted airports and public hospitals from constitutional mandates to seek voter approval for debt.
IF we ever have an election, voters need to take stock of past performances–or lack thereof.
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