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Friday Ramblings with Robert

May 20, 2011
tags: Flood of 2011, redistricting
by 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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Curious permalink
    May 20, 2011 12:43 pm

    Given the deviations of the districts proposed by the House, the tactics used (and procedures ignored)to force the House plans through, and the immediate lawsuit by the NAACP to push the plans, it’s hard to believe there were no winners or losers in this battle. Sure, the war is far from over, but chalk this one up as a win for Republicans. We’ll see who won the war after elections, but there’s no doubt there was a winner, at least politically.

    The GOP lawyers certainly took the wrong stance in the courtroom; luckily, the SOS made the right one. At the end of the day (and in political terms) the Senate leadership (Bryant, Hewes, McDaniel, et al) and the SOS were the victors. It’s hard to make an argument otherwise (many-a-Dem has tried).

    The upcoming elections will shed light on who the winners and losers are.

  2. H Tea permalink
    May 20, 2011 1:01 pm

    It’s sad the amount of devastation Mississippi has faced with tornadoes and floods this year. Just think if this wasn’t an election year we could help those in need rather than pump millions into campaign funds.

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