Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Time for some inside baseball.

The redistricting battle in the Senate took an unusual twist when it killed the House's plan. While the media focuses on the battle between the two chambers, it ignores the civil war brewing in the Senate. The Kingfish has spoken to numerous sources, insiders, political operatives, you name in an effort to find out what is really taking place in body.

Mr. Bryant tasked a committee several years ago with drawing new district lines. The committee was split 50/50 in terms of Republicans and Democrats as it was deemed to hard to subdivide it among Ole Miss, USM, MSU, and JSU factions. Quite a few Republicans raised hell over this action by the Lieutenant Governor as they wanted a Republican-dominated committee (similar to Billy McCoy loading his committee with Democrats). He chose Mr. Burton to head the committee.

What took place was not a chairman working hand-in-hand with Mr. Byrant but instead a chairman who did an end run. Sources inform JJ Mr. Burton drew up the plan with Senator Hob Bryan and then obtained signatures from a majority of the Senate. This was somewhat of a surprise to Mr. Bryant. The plan was changed to include a majority-black district in the Hattiesburg area after several Senators complained about the lack of such a district in the plan. Needless to say, the plan was not what Mr. Bryant quite had in mind but Mr. Burton won this round as he beat him to the punch.

Mr. Bryant did have his own plan, which no one saw, and is now forced to ignore the plan produced by his own chairman. More than a few people have criticized Mr. Burton's plan and not just for the fact it creates the majority-black Hattiesburg district. The plan also royally screws over Clinton and Madison. Clinton and Madison do not get their own districts but are instead divided in ways that seriously dilute their voting population. 75% of Senator Walter Michel's district (25) is now in Madison County. More than a few Madison residents have loudly complained to The Kingfish about the fact Madison County does not get its own district. To say they are outraged is an understatement. The Kingfish heard the same complaints from the Clinton area as numerous precincts were herded into the districts of Hillman Frazier and John Horhn. Several potential challengers were moved out of the districts where they intended to challenge current incumbents. Senator Burton's plan

Senator Byrant tabled Mr. Burton's plan and is going to substitute his own. Sources inform The Kingfish Mr. Burton intends to offer his plan as an amendment from the floor. What is interesting is the spectacle of Mr. Byrant refusing the plan submitted by his chairman. Did Mr. Burton blow off the Lieutenant Governor in sudden display of lameduckititis or did the two work together only to find there was more objection to the plan they they imagined? The Dennis people argue it shows Mr. Bryant is weak and is unable to control his own chairman, who backstabbed him. Others argue Mr. Bryant is showing some leadership by tossing his wayward chairman's plan and passing his own. However, the question must be asked exactly why Mr. Burton and Mr. Bryant disagreed on the plan in the first place when Mr. Bryant appointed him.

Stay tuned.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really glad you are reporting on this Kingfish, but you have it backward - Phil Bryant is the one who stabbed Terry Burton in the back.

Anonymous said...

@10:39 AM - Get used to it.

Burke said...

Two words: Dave Dennis

Anonymous said...

Bryant's plan if fair. Burton's is not. It's especially not fair to Madison Co., Rankin Co., and Hatteisburg.

Anonymous said...

How is the current plan fair to Hattiesburg? It is one of the largest cities in the state, is majority African-American, and is subdivided into 3 different districts which dilutes the AA majority. Thus, 3 white, conservative, GOP senators represent the majority-black city. The only way this is "fair" is if you think every district in the state should have white conservative representation.

Phil Bryant is a hack.

Anonymous said...

11:16 - why don't we just wait and see what happens on the floor of the Senate Thursday...

Anonymous said...

12:23 PM you want to join us in the 20th Century? Representation is not about race; it is about socio-economic reality.

Anonymous said...

@11:31 - Burton and his committee was Bryant's plan. Like it or not, it was Bryant's doing. So really this is a case of you liking Bryant's Plan B more than Bryant's Plan A. I wonder if there will be a Bryant Plan C or Bryant Plan D.

Anonymous said...

11:16, just like Two Lakes

Anonymous said...

1:50pm: That's pretty rich coming from a commenter on this site. JJ is a hotbed of white angst about them mean ole blacks and how they're taking away white's rights.

Race is ALWAYS a factor in redistricting, and if race hadn't been a factor in subdividing Hattiesburg's black community into 3 separate majority-white districts, it wouldn't be a factor now. But it was, so it is. To claim that race shouldn't be considered NOW is pretty convenient, isn't it?

Frugal Gal said...

2:30 said "JJ is a hotbed of white angst about them mean ole blacks and how they're taking away white's rights."

Seriously? That's a pretty damned big brush you are painting with. Be sure you aren't accidentally getting some of that "KKK White" on some commentors who whose angst has nothing to do with skin color.

Anonymous said...

Two more words: Dave Dennis.

Anonymous said...

2:55
Pleae let me add three words to your two
Dave Dennis is a joke

Anonymous said...

Dave's problem is a name recognition problem. He is not a joke. Anyone who spends time with the guy, comes away liking him.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Dave Dennis but I did hear him interviewed on the radio.....very impressive.

Anonymous said...

2:30PM I would expect a racist to make that sort of reply. Don't care what color your skin is, you are clearly racist.

Anonymous said...

in backstabbing burtons plan he was picking up 2 boxes in Rankin county

Ironghost said...

I wonder who thought it was cute to cut up Clinton and Madison. Give Hattiesburg what it wants, and thus cover up the crimes done elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

7:03pm: Ah, the old conservative trick. When someone points out white angst here at ole JJ, accuse THEM of racism.

Cute!

How about pointing out what was racist about my original post?

Anonymous said...

11:42 AM I'm a liberal.

Anonymous said...

OK, Mr. Liberal - what was racist about my comments?

Anonymous said...

Ah, the old racist trick. When someone points out you are a fool on the JJ site, you you accuse them of being a Conservative.

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