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This Is About Partisan Politics

March 19, 2011
tags: redistricting
by Brett

The redistricting news of yesterday, at least yesterday afternoon, was the complaints of black Senators that the three conferee picks from Phil Bryant were all white Republicans. The complaints weren’t really unexpected, but should hold little merit. Let’s look at this…

Bryant, of course, is a Republican. He appointed three Republicans to conference. That is what should be expected. Much like Billy McCoy would appoint three Democrats if he goes ahead with conference. Much like 90 percent of the redistricting committee members in the House were Democrats. And that is what we expect.

This is a partisan game, and that’s all. A Republican will appoint all Republicans; a Democrat will appoint all Democrats. And Black Caucus members are 100 percent Democratic. When you’re in the majority (as they are in the House), you get rewarded; but when you are in the minority after putting all your eggs in one basket you likely get shut out. Because race is involved in this it is obviously a little more emotional than in other circumstances; but do you expect to see Republicans complain about McCoy appointing all Democrats to conference (if we get there)? Or do you expect McCoy and the Democratic leadership to care?

This is about Republicans and Democrats; not black and white.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Charles permalink
    March 19, 2011 9:32 pm

    I agree this is about patisan politics, not racial politics, except for the fact that most blacks vote Democratic and most whites vote Republicans. Black and white Mississippians continue to vote against their own interest because of party labels.

  2. Prentiss permalink
    March 19, 2011 11:55 pm

    Why would the Lt. Governor appoint someone to go to conference with the house on something that he or she had already opposed in the Senate?

  3. Kat permalink
    March 20, 2011 6:38 pm

    Charles,
    If, as you state, that most whites vote Republican please tell me how it is the Democrats control the MS House and a large majority of county and city offices in Mississippi. There aren’t enough blacks in the state to keep all those Democrats in office. In 2009 whites were 60.5% and blacks 37.2% of Mississippi’s population. Your blanket statement doesn’t support the facts.

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