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Senate Again Comes Through For GOP

April 7, 2011
tags: redistricting
by Brett

Once again, Senate Republicans held off a Democratic effort to push forward with the House Democrats redistricting map. Just last night, Republicans weren’t certain with how the vote would go today, but it obviously went in their direction twice today: once on a procedural challenge and then again when deciding to go home. Similar votes were cast a few weeks ago when the Senate voted to Invite Conference.

And the Senate leadership, including Phil Bryant and Billy Hewes- who also just happen to be running for higher office, will again be able to tell primary voters about their work in the Senate in killing the highly unpopular maps. Bryant, specifically, has had his share of mistakes and unforced errors during the process, but the Senate delivered when it counted.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. There are several likely scenarios (although nothing likely ever seems to happen in this process).

The governor could call a special session. We have heard very little talk on this and quite frankly there is no need to if the House won’t negotiate an inch.

Having a three-judge federal panel draw the lines appears to be the most likely scenario. But the question is whether or not they will draws the new lines for this fall, or if legislators will run in the old districts this fall and then run again in 2012.

One other point is that the state Constitution gives the legislature 12 months to complete this process; so is within the Constitution to handle this by February, 2012. We may not get to that point, but it would certainly be an appealing scenario for Republicans should they get a friendly Speaker following the November elections.

Lastly, Democrats were obviously adamant about passing their House map and avoiding courts at all costs. Why? Because they know they can do no better than the maps they drew up and, at the same time, they know Republicans can do no worse.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. catty permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:18 pm

    Thanks to MIM and a few other conservative blogs we are able to get a true picture of what is happening with regard to this important issue. The corrupt media is so deep in the pockets of the liberal democrats we would not otherwise understand just what happened; and perhaps it would have all gone the way of the wicked if it hadn’t been for your tireless efforts to expose the truth. Thanks.

  2. rubradog permalink
    April 8, 2011 1:19 pm

    Ditto what catty wrote. I talked to my Representative at length this morning about redistricting. He is as tuned in as it gets on this and said essentially that it is now up to the three judge panel and only one of those three is known as of now. The one known is Judge Reeves and he is as liberal a Democrat as they come. But the other two are yet to be named and even if they are both Obama appointees the worse that would likely happen is that the House will get the original Reynolds-McCoy House plan foisted on them by the judges. He feels that the judges will generally just follow the law and if they do that it can only help the Republicans. But the Federal courts move at their own pace and who knows when this will get decided. The NAACP suit asked for an injunction to prevent them from running in the current districts because they are malapportioned. But precedent is to allow that while the case is being decided. The census ended on 12-31-10 so there have been population shifts since then and the “new” districts are all going to be somewhat malapportioned as well, even before they are drawn. My guy is only one of 122 and has no inside info at the Federal courts but he says the concensus in the R Conference is that having the court decide the lines is the best shot available for the R’s to get fair lines. Almost all of the R Representatives voted against the House plan even though it gave them as individuals great districts. They did that because it was bad for the state overall and would freeze them in a Democrat dominated House for the next ten years.

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