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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 its redistricting language into the ...

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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 area. While the Burton plan ...

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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 plan produced by Republican Lt. ...

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Barbour: House redistricting plan unfair

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 would pack nearly 30,000 more ...

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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 split precincts from 449 to ...

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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’ voting strength is upheld. “We’ve ...

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Barbour's silence could be deafening

By Wally Northway Seems folks around the nation and world are listening to everything Gov. Haley Barbour says these days as they wait to hear whether or not he will run for President. However, it may be what Barbour is not saying that is of equal import to Mississippians. So far, Barbour has not even hinted as to what candidate ...

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Supervisors bring redistricting lawsuit

MADISON COUNTY — The Madison County Board of Supervisors has sued to extend the qualifying deadline for county elections while the board redraws voting districts based on new census numbers. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, said the supervisors cannot redraw the districts and get federal government approval before Tuesday’s qualifying deadline for candidates for county offices. ...

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Hosemann to seek another term as secretary of state

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced his plans to seek reelection as secretary of state in 2011 with a multi-city statewide tour. “I promised when you hired me four years ago, I would work hard to make Mississippi a better place,” says Secretary Hosemann.  “There is still more work to be done. “ With a background in business, ...

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Brock tapped by Dems as interim executive director

JACKSON — The Mississippi Democratic Party has retained Travis Brock as its interim executive director. Brock, a Kentucky native, is a veteran of state and national campaigns throughout the country. Most recently, he served four years as executive director of the Nevada State Democratic Party. He has also served as national field director of Tom Vilsack for President, political director ...

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