Changes to Mississippi legislative map will set tone for coming decade

To hear some people tell it, Mississippi’s legislative redistricting process is one step toward a fiery political apocalypse.

Legislators are trying to draw new district lines to reflect population changes revealed by the 2010 Census, including growth in DeSoto County and loss of population in economically struggling parts of the Delta.

Republicans accuse Democrats of seeking unfair partisan advantage to hold on to the top leadership post in the 122-member House.

Some Democrats accuse Republicans of unfairly trying to maintain or even broaden the GOP majority in the 52-member Senate — although that criticism has not been as loud.