Mississippi House Passes Redistricting Plan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

House Republicans have pushed through a
redistricting plan that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body.

House members voted 70-49 Thursday for the plan.

House Elections Chairman Bill Denny, a Jackson Republican, says the changes preserve black-majority districts and reflect population shifts
since the last U.S. Census.

The vote came after a long debate that at times seemed most about Democrats laying the groundwork for a lawsuit.

The debate included a vote that turned down an alternative map offered by Rep. Omeria Scott, a Laurel Democrat.

Republicans, holding a majority for the first time since Reconstruction, drew a map matching five pairs of House members.

Of those pairings, four are likely to eliminate a sitting Democrat, and one is likely to eliminate a Republican.

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  • by whats really going on? on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:56 AM
    Why in the world does everything have to be about black & white.. are Mississippi & Alabama the only two states that still care what color somebody's skin is?.... When will we ever just love each other as human beings??
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