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Senate rejects proposal to vote again on redistricting plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has rejected a proposal aimed at jump-starting negotiations over legislative boundaries, an action that came after nearly all of the chamber’s Republican members met privately with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, tried a parliamentary maneuver yesterday that would have allowed the Senate to vote anew on its […] [...]

Lawmakers joining NAACP lawsuit over redistricting

JACKSON — Mississippi’s redistricting battle has become more complex, and with less than two weeks left in the legislative session it is unclear whether the debate will be resolved in the state Capitol or in a federal courtroom. The House Elections Committee voted along party lines yesterday to join a federal lawsuit filed by the […] [...]

McCoy: No compromise with Senate on redistricting

JACKSON — House Speaker Billy McCoy has given the Senate an ultimatum — approve his chamber’s redistricting plan as is, or the matter will immediately go to the U.S. Department of Justice. McCoy, D-Rienzi, released a statement informing Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and others he has no intention of negotiating a compromise. Legislators are […] [...]

House rejects redistricting proposal, revives original plan

JACKSON — The Democrat-controlled Mississippi House has rejected an alternative redistricting plan promoted by Republicans, calling it a veiled attempt to give the GOP two chances to win the chamber’s top leadership position. The House chose instead to revive its original proposal that was derailed last week in the Senate. The House voted to insert […] [...]

State Senate chooses committee’s redistricting plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed its own redistricting proposal. The plan was drawn by the chamber’s redistricting chairman, Republican Terry Burton. Senators rejected a separate map proposed by Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. The main difference between the plans was in the Hattiesburg area. The Bryant plan would’ve kept three Republican-friendly districts in the […] [...]

State senators kill House’s redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi’s redistricting debate has taken a sharply partisan turn. The Republican-led Senate Elections Committee met yesterday and killed a map approved last week by the Democratic-controlled House. The map would redraw the 122 House districts to account for population changes over the past decade. The Senate Elections Committee also passed a Senate redistricting […] [...]

Barbour: House redistricting plan unfair

by Published: March 8,2011

Tags: census, elections, Politics, redistricting, state government

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour is not happy with the House’s plan for redistricting, and he is calling on the Senate to not support it. “I thank House Republicans and a few Democrats for voting against a redistricting plan that would leave many Mississippians without fair representation in the Legislature,” Barbour said. “The House plan […] [...]

House passes its own redistricting legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday released its own redistricting proposal, and the plan could come up for a vote in that chamber today. The Senate plans to release its new map Monday. The plan for the 122 House districts reflects populations changes revealed by the 2010 Census. The House plan reduces the number of […] [...]

Bryant ‘offended’ by Justice’s oversight of redistricting

JACKSON — Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who’s running for governor, says he’s “offended” the U.S. Justice Department is still required to approve redistricting in Mississippi. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires Mississippi and several other states — mostly in the South — to submit election changes for Justice Department clearance to ensure minorities’ […] [...]

NAACP chapters sue to block redistricting

by Published: March 1,2011

Tags: census, courts, lawsuit, redistricting

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Local branches of the NAACP have filed lawsuits that seek to extend election qualifying deadlines in more than a dozen Mississippi counties until voting boundaries can be redrawn based on new census information. The lawsuits were filed yesterday in federal courts in south and north Mississippi. Today was the deadline for candidates […] [...]

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