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Friday Morning Redistricting Notes

March 18, 2011
tags: redistricting
by Brett

Just a couple quick notes on redistricting this morning:

** The NAACP got the lawsuits going suing just about everybody in the state of Mississippi over redistricting. Yall Politics has the filing and you can read it here. Among the charges, the NAACP states that “the Mississippi Senate has refused to concur in on account of race.”

This was the first (I imagine) lawsuit over redistricting so it got a lot of press, plus anything the NAACP does generally receives a good deal of press. We will have tons of lawsuits and likely will not cover them all or even notice they’ve been filed.

According to the Associated Press, the NAACP plans on offering there own maps in court which are different than the House and Senate plan.

** Billy McCoy is refusing to participate in conference and has said the issue is now a “very touchy legal matter.” He said he will release a statement in the next couple days.

** Yesterday afternoon, Phil Bryant announced the three members from the Senate side for conference (if we get there) are Terry Burton, Billy Hewes, and Chris McDaniel- three Republicans.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. rubradog permalink
    March 18, 2011 10:26 am

    Couple of things about the NAACP suit. Sen. Eric Powell, who happens to be a black man, paired with Sen. Bennie Turner with Powell voting AYE and Turner NAY on the vote to go to conference. The suit also named Sam Hall a defendant in his capacity as Executive Director of the Mississippi Democrat Party. Hall left that job a long time ago and is working for the DuPree campaign for Governor. Is the NAACP not keeping up with the campaign of the only black man running a credible race for a statewide office?

  2. KingMaker permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:00 am

    Lt. Guv Phil Bryant called the Right Side Radio in Hattiesburg on Thursday afternoon to talk about the options.

    It’s apparant that this McCoy want’s a fight wants this deal in court and believes that the Obama Justice Department will side with him.

  3. rubradog permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:45 am

    McCoy does not want a fight. He wants the Republicans to get on their knees and accept quietly whatever edict he decides to issue. But you are right about the Obama Justice Department siding with McCoy. This is the same bunch that saw no problem at all with two thugs with a billy stick standing outside a voting place,,,,,since they were Democrats.

  4. March 18, 2011 11:55 am

    I also have questions about the JD, but don’t see where they factor in here. As far as I understand, there role is to look at maps that have passed the legislature (which nothing has here) and give them the thumbs up or thumbs down.

  5. rubradog permalink
    March 18, 2011 2:01 pm

    Brett, their role can be twofold. They do have the responsibility you outlined. But their other role, should they decide to take it and believe me they will, is as an amicus participant in a court proceeding. They will be right there beside McCoy and Reynolds in court just as they were with them as Reynolds was drawing the map over in the Woolfolk Building. The Republicans had better hope they do not look up to the bench and see Judge Reeves and Judge Graves sitting up there.

  6. someoneinnorthms permalink
    March 19, 2011 10:28 am

    It could be worse than rubradog suggests. The DOJ doesn’t really determine the legality of a state law; it just determines whether it has an inappropriate purpose or impact. Rubradog, Brett and I could send some new “law” to the DOJ, ask them to preclear it, and they would theoretically review it. If Billy has a plausible explanation for why his resolution has the force of law, I’m sure the DOJ will review it and pass upon it favorably. Then it becomes a matter of state law whether it is used or not. That portends a lot of fighting between the Secretary of State (the chief state election official) and the legislature–specifically the House. I can even see the DOJ getting involved in litigation to force the State to use the House plan. Billy is sly, and I wouldn’t put it past him that he has game-planned this out to the end. At this stage of the game, he knows that it’s going to take some absurdly complicated ruse to force a Democratic-favored plan on the State. Strangely enough, I can see how his “Hail Mary” might work. The interesting thing to consider is whether he will use the AG to attempt preclearance. If so, how will that damage the AG politically? If not, how will he submit his plan to DOJ? Lots of interesting things to take place in the next couple of months.

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