Sunday, March 6, 2011

Screwing your political opponents

This past Friday the Mississippi state house passed a redistricting plan and sent it to the state senate. As expected the plan passed by the house pretty much keeps the democrats in the majority in that chamber. Looking at the plan it looks like the democrats would retain the majority somewhere along the lines of a 69 to 53 seat margin. The plan now goes to the state senate which is controlled by the GOP. Their are rumors flying all over this weekend in political circles in the magnolia state that Lt Governor Phil Bryant(R) is going to over rule the plan that his redistricting chairman Senator Terry Burton(R) came up with last week and put his own plan on the floor early this week. Lt Governor Bryant's thinking on this issue basically comes down to this. If the GOP delays the issue for 3 more months then everyone would have to run under the old districts this November and indicators point to the GOP taking over the house under the current districts in the house and adding to their current majorities in the senate under both the Burton and Bryant plans. If that happens then the new GOP legislature would take control next January and presumably draw districts that would favor them for decades to come. Lt Governor Bryant is probably going to get hammered in the media if he does what is rumored this coming week. But as any politically astute person knows, redistricting has always been a partisan issue and will always be like that. Also some people forget that the democrats have been in control of the state house in Mississippi literally since the beginning of time so no one should really shed any tears for the democrats if Lt Governor Bryant prevails on this issue in the coming weeks and months.

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