CL – No radical changes in redistricting

A three-judge federal panel this week did what the 2011 Legislature could not, and produced a congressional district map.

As The Associated Press reported, “Notwithstanding the movement or potential movement of 146,000 persons, we made as few changes to the current districts as possible,” the three federal judges wrote in releasing the plan Monday.

The foremost feature of the new map is that the lone Mississippi congressional Democrat, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, prevailed in not having Adams County added to his predominately black voting age district. As long as his 2nd District stays essentially intact, he’s likely to stay in office as long as he likes.

Clarion Ledger
12/21/11