Friday Ramblings with Robert
Redistricting Holding Pattern
This week brought the news that the 3 judge panel, appointed to solve Mississippi’s redistricting woes, decided it would be best to keep the lines as they are for now and the upcoming elections. People will argue that it was a win for both sides and let’s be honest any crafty person with an opinion could make something bad look like a victory depending on how they choose to spin it. It’s like a t-ball game that has to end in a tie, everybody goes home feeling like a winner. For now we will just have to wait it out and see how the elections turn out and get a good idea of the power structure for the 2012 session, when lawmakers will get yet another chance to solve redistricting. In the end, nobody really won this week because we are still right where we were when we started this whole process.
The Mighty Mississippi
It goes without saying that Mother Nature has dealt Mississippi a tough hand this year, with the latest struggle being the Mississippi River flooding communities all the way down the western side of the state. The flood waters could possibly take weeks to subside in some areas, which is not a comforting thought for those who have been displaced and will have to pick up the pieces once the waters have gone. Farm families are also being severely impacted by this flood as the fields from which they make their living are under several feet of water. Floods are devastating events and those impacted by their destruction will need our thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time.