Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Madison County Supes: The Fix is in. (Video)

The Madison Board of Supervisors met yesterday to discuss redistricting. All the media coverage, all the people who showed up to oppose their plans, all the criticism, all of it didn't matter one bit. The Gang of Five made it quite clear they were going to approve a plan that drastically redraws the districts in Madison County so they can perpetuate their machine, which is exactly what they are: a machine dedicated to gouging the taxpayers of Madison County.

It is crucial to remember the Board appointed two members to a committee that approved the new maps. Appointing only two members allowed them to circumvent the open meetings law so these vipers could do their work in secret. The election commissioners were not allowed to sit on the committee. Even the Hinds County supes allowed the election commissioners to participate. Not this board. Everyone was frozen out of the process while the Gang of Five had the committee do its dirty work. The obvious goal for Tim, Karl, John Bell, and Paul was to redraw the lines after the qualifying deadline of March 1 so they could eliminate all opposition.

Two of the Districts needed little or no alterations. District two currently has the target population. It needs no changes. Period. District 1 only needs five hundred voters to be within the goal. Shave off a few precincts from District 3 and voila, that is done. The problem is District 5 is short by 3,500 voters or so. District 5 is entirely adjacent to District 4. If Karl has to give up votes to Paul, that means his district gets whiter. Keep in mind the goal of this redistricting exercise is to protect Karl Banks. This is why Karl spouted off yesterday about wanting nothing but black voters in his district. The map rids John Bell of one opponent and places the favorite to replace Tim Johnson in a district to face incumbent D.I. Smith and Ridgeland Alderman at-large Gerald Steen. District 3 is redrawn to include more Ridgeland districts which will undoubtedly favor Mr. Steen. By the way, has anyone noticed how quiet Mr. Steen has been lately? Meanwhile Karl gets a much blacker district and only Paul has to worry about a real opponent. Gotta love it.

Here is the current map:

and here is the proposed map:


bill said...

Well put, Kingfish. We still have an opportunity on April 1 to try to get the playing field as level as possible when Judge Barbour rules on the lawsuit the county filed to try and extend the filing deadline. If, however, that fails and we find ourselves up against a corrupt group of supervisors and their political cronies, that doesn't mean that we don't have an opportunity to replace them. Good candidates running good campaigns can still win, even in unfairly drawn districts. The bottom line is that the people of Madison County need to stand up and be counted, and we can undo this attempt at a small group controlling our tax dollars simply by becoming engaged and educated and showing up at the polls in August and November. Bill Billingsley

Anonymous said...

How does this differ from all the other 82 counties that allow the current BOS to draw the distict lines they will run in.The people here may the the problem here but the process is the same state wide.You may not like the way this power is used but is same all over the State.

Kingfish said...

In case you haven't noticed, people are raising hell about it in Hinds County as well. Rankin hasn't produced their maps. They are going to run under the old lines.

Anonymous said...

KF, the CL states the CMPC drew the lines. Technically speaking, is that correct?

LeBeau0605 said...

I thought it was interesting that yesterday...Tim, Karl and Paul all liked plan 3, and oddly enough, CMPC did too.

Over 80% of the people there were in support of them holding off the drawing until after the elections. Several candidates stood and spoke out, but not Gerald.

But we know how Wednesday will go, yet I'll be there to speak out....once again! BTW, I apologize to everyone for having voted to Tim.

bill said...

9:27, that is technically correct, but the process was completely controlled by the supervisors who were giving CMPDD their input at the time. CMPDD owns the software. My understanding is that it's not intuitive enough for an untrained person to operate, so the supervisors took turns telling the CMPDD technician where to put the lines. He clicked the mouse and the software produced the new districts. I may have oversimplified the process, but I can't use personal experience because they wouldn't allow me access to the software or the technician. Banks and Griffin supposedly collaborated on Plan 1, Plan 2 was originally proposed by Crosby but was modified by Smith, and Plan 3 was created by Johnson and Hamer. I'd be happy for anyone who was actually involved in the process to come forth and clarify anything I've gotten wrong. Bill Billingsley

Anonymous said...

Gerald Steen has made it clear that he's running for Supervisor. What's everyone's opinion on him and if he's the kind of Sup. we need?

Anonymous said...

LeBeau0605, don't feel guilty about voting for Tim Johnson. All of you were just following your mayor's advice. (Remember ALL those she has endorsed in the past--some extremely poor choices, imho.) Of course, their integrity was not the reason she pushed them into office.

Our county needs to be cleansed completely of her influence. Nothing will change until the voters in the city of Madison wake up and figure out what's really going on with your mayor.

Anonymous said...

11:17, if you like what you have now, Gerald Steen is the kind you need to vote for. If you want to replace the Tim/Rudy show and get Madison County moving in a positive direction for everybody, not just those in the power positions, you need to vote for someone else.

Anonymous said...

10-4 on a non vote for Steen!

Micah said...

I can see why Karl Banks like plan three because it takes the white voters out and gives Karl majority African American voters. Also, I also notice the Little Dixie Landfill is in Karl's District too on plan 3. This will give him more of an advantage to bring in another landfill. We all know these garbage companies are run by the mafia.

Anonymous said...

You do not want to vote for Gerald Steen. He is another Tim Johnson. As you see, Tim, Karl and Paul did his dirty work for him, and as you noticed, he has been noticeably quite. No need to say any thing, his work is done behind closed doors for him. Folks, we do not need any one to cooperate with Karl and Paul, we need the 3-2 vote for the tax payers, not to continue the way it has been.

Anonymous said...

Sure hope the next BOS goes after the puppy mills. Lord knows how badly roadside animal sales is holding Mississippi back.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE, for the love of All Things HOLY, do NOT Vote for Gerald Steen. He and Tim 'Elvis' Johnson are tight as ticks and cut from the same mold! They attend cook-outs together at Rudy Warnock's place in Madison County and the Tim/Rudy machine helps with funding his campaigns. Not convinced, go back and look his (or others that they have supported) campaign finance reports. Gerald, and these others, had multiple Digital/Electronic Billboards during their campaigns (these things cost thousands per month), but never a mention of these expenses on their campaign finance reports! Wait a minute! What is this, Tim Johnson was a lobbyist for Outdoor Advertising Association of Mississippi?! Surely this has nothing to do with it, right?

Anonymous said...

D.I. Smith has shown that he can stand up to the machine and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. District 3 and Madison county need him back on the BOS. As stated above, Steen is not only pure politics, but Madison county politics and we don't need him as supe!!

Anonymous said...

D I Smith is nothing more than a Mary Hawkins Butler puppet!g

Anonymous said...

You're dead wrong, 8:31!!! That would be J B Crosby, at least before his vote for this re-districting plan. Smith is probably just the only one that can have a civil conversation with the mayor.

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel


Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS