Bill Minor: Gains, losses for Mississippi GOP

Now we know why the Republicans pushed through their legislative redistricting plan two years before the Nov. 3 election. The idea was to run it through before anyone noticed — and to guarantee at least a significant GOP majority.

The Republicans wound up not with a supermajority (two-thirds) but at least a 60 percent one — enough to pass or kill a tax bill. Behind their plan was a trick idea to pit as many incumbent Democrats against each other as possible, so one would lose his or her seat. That trick eliminated at least 10 to 12 House Democrats.