Thursday, March 17, 2011

What's next, Billy?

29-18. They called your bluff. Do you go to the Justice Department or not?


Anonymous said...

Let the courts decide. Whichever side lost was headed there anyway.

Anonymous said...

This was a great day for democracy and for the people of MS.

This was a not so great day for Boss Hog McCoy and his merry band of partisan liberals who rule the House.

Change is coming.....

Anonymous said...

This is sad day for democracy, because the system has failed. The courts will now decide the lines, like they did last time.

Ironghost said...

What's up with them?

Anonymous said...

The courts did not draw the lines last time. In 1991, the various factions of the House took it to court. Plans were presented but all were found to be deficient. The court (a 3-judge federal panle) ordered the House to run under the existing plan for the regularly-scheduled 1991 election (and to be prepared to run again in 1992 under a new plan), and after the 1991 election was held, a Speakers race cured the whole matter without further court involvement. No judges want to draw district lines. After the 2012 Speakers race, this will all cure itself, one way or another.

Anonymous said...

Does everyone not realize that we have another year to get this thing done? I realize suit will be filed over the "one man, one vote" issue but that is no guarantee that the courts draw the lines right now.

As stated by 2:36, the courts don't want to draw lines. They can tell us to run again under existing districts and try again next year.

This idea that our only option now is for the 3 Judge panel to draw our districts for us is a fallacy.

Anonymous said...

I hope not, but this could end very badly. A member of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will be on the three judge panel if it comes to that. I fear what the lines will look like if James Graves ends up on the three judge panel. The McCoy plan will look like it was drawn by Republicans compared to what Graves will do if given the chance.

Anonymous said...

no bluff by McCoy. The Obamamama Justice Department takes over. Demos win, Repubs lose. Stupid posturing by Phil Bryant. He's been stomped.

BTW, doesn't matter how the districts ultimately come out. The piss ant lost the face to face for the moment.

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter whether it is a Democratic plan or Republican plan, all redistricting is politics. Democrats are going to draw lines to favor Democrats and Republicans are going to draw lines to favor Republicans. That's the bottom line. Anybody who thinks otherwise is out of touch with reality and politics.

Anonymous said...

Billy McCoy is a man of honor. He has clearly and repeatedly said he isn’t going to appoint conferees. He said so before the Republicans so disrespectfully dispatched his and Rep. Reynolds redistricting strategy and for good measure, he said so again shortly after the Republicans voted to test this man of honor.

At this point, only a scum-bucket – a professional conniving politician – a scheming partisan hack – only such would go back on his word. Billy McCoy is great leader. If he did, he would be all of those things and worse which, of course, he isn’t. He can’t go back on his word now. The Republicans have forced this showdown. It is their fault. Speaker McCoy told the Senate not to meddle in the House’s business. How dare they. Phil Bryant is just trying to be a “mighty man.” Just who does he think he is?

We can count on courageous and straight talking statesmen like Billy McCoy to say what they mean and mean what they say. There will be no House conferees and there will be no House/Senate conference....I think.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes its just time to go. Speaker McCoy could have retired been regarded as an elder Statesman and lived his life out in good graces. I'm now hearing from the 30-50 year old age group that he's the bad face of Mississippi. The Kingdom of the House is gone.

Anonymous said...

Sorry 7:07, but thanks for playing. The DOJ doesn't take over. All they have responsibility for is "approving" or "disapproving" lines drawn by the legislature - BTW, all of the legislature. If the legislature doesn't do their job by the end of the 2012 session, they get called back into a special session. If they still don't do their job, it will either go to a committee as established by the MS Constitution, or to a Federal Judge. Understand, Judge. While yes, a Federal Judge is a part of the DOJ, it is not the Obamama Justice Dept you refer to.

But the legislature has a long time to act, and if McCoy doesn't want to do anything this year in accordance with the law, it can be done next year when we have a new Speaker, and a new JCLR chairman.

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