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Senate expected to unveil redistricting plan today; vote tomorrow

JACKSON — Mississippi Senate leaders plan to reveal redistricting plans for the chamber this afternoon, with the intention of asking the full Senate to approve the map tomorrow. Republican Sen. Merle Flowers, of Southaven, is redistricting chairman for the 52-member chamber. He said Monday that the proposed new map should make most senators happy. “I think we will post a ...

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House Republicans push through redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan yesterday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body. House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it. House Elections Chairman Bill Denny, a Jackson Republican, said the changes preserve black-majority districts and reflect population shifts since the ...

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House redistricting plan could kill four Democratic districts

JACKSON — A proposed redistricting plan unveiled today would increase the number of black-majority districts by one, and could target as many as four white Democrats for extinction. That could increase the House Republican majority from today’s 64-58 margin, before considering changes that could weaken other Democrats. The number of districts with secure black majorities would grow to 42 from ...

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House could unveil redistricting map today; Senate unsure of timing

JACKSON — The Mississippi House could unveil its own redistricting plan today, capping months of speculation about a new map that could shape lawmakers’ political fortunes for the coming decade. Senate leaders say it could be a few days before a new Senate map is shown to the public because experts and attorneys are still reviewing that chamber’s proposal. The ...

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State legislators to vote soon on redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers soon will be asked to vote on new configurations for their own House and Senate districts. It’s a politically sensitive task that could shape their own re-election prospects — and the prospects of their colleagues and their political parties — for the coming decade. The redistricting chairmen, Sen. Merle Flowers of Southaven and Rep. Bill Denny ...

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Justice Department wants more information on proposed redistricting

NATCHEZ — The U.S. Department of Justice has requested additional information from the city of Natchez about its redistricting plan. The request that could delay the upcoming Natchez Board of Aldermen elections, according to The Natchez Democrat. Natchez City Attorney Everett Sanders said the department requested the information last Tuesday, which was the last of the 60 days the department ...

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No objections filed to new congressional redistricting

JACKSON — No one filed objections to new congressional districts drawn by federal judges by a last Thursday deadline, which could clear the way for judges to ratify the districts following a Wednesday hearing. A three-judge panel released a plan this week to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts. Redistricting is necessary after every Census to equalize population. The majority-black 2nd ...

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Judges' redistricting plan reduces number of split counties

JACKSON — Federal judges yesterday released a plan to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said. The judges say their plan preserves to core constituencies of each district. “Notwithstanding the movement or potential movement of 146,000 persons, we made as few changes to the current districts ...

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Fight continues over congressional redistricting

ADAMS COUNTY and WILKINSON COUNTY — Republicans and Democrats continue fighting over moving Adams and Wilkinson counties in southwest Mississippi from the 3rd Congressional District to the 2nd. That dispute looms large in the latest filings in the federal court case. Attorney General Jim Hood dropped remaining objections to a three-judge panel redrawing Mississippi’s congressional districts, after the Legislature failed ...

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Judges will decide redistricting if lawmakers do not act

JACKSON — A panel of three federal judges said yesterday it would draw new lines for Mississippi’s four congressional districts if the Legislature doesn’t meet a deadline in about two weeks for a new map. “To be practical about it, I don’t see any realistic hope that the Legislature will pass a plan,” U.S. Appeals Court Judge E. Grady Jolly ...

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