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BOISE -- State Republican Chairman Norm Semanko and Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney said they've removed two redistricting commissioners, despite an opinion last week from the Idaho attorney general's office that firing a commissioner is illegal.

On Monday, the Republican Party announced Semanko had removed Randy Hansen, while Denney had removed Dolores Crow.

Denney said last week he was removing Crow because members of his GOP House caucus thought she'd supported legislative districts that were too favorable to minority Democrats.

The redistricting panel is due to meet again Thursday to decide Idaho's legislative boundaries, after the Idaho Supreme Court threw a previous plan out.

Crow has said she has no plans to quit, indicating a possible legal fight to be settled by the Supreme Court over whether redistricting commissioners can be fired.

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