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« Reply #50 on: May 21, 2012, 09:57:01 pm »
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Ah, as expected, the Alabama House has adopted McClendon's redistricting plan.

Now waiting on the Senate to produce theirs....  


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« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2012, 11:50:32 am »
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Senate plan:

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/reapportionment/Dial_Senate_Plan_Map.pdf

House plan:

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/reapportionment/McClendon_House_Plan_Map.pdf
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« Reply #52 on: May 23, 2012, 05:08:34 pm »
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The Senate has just approved its redistricting plan.  
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« Reply #53 on: May 25, 2012, 08:27:40 pm »
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Does anyone think the Justice Department will approve these maps? 
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« Reply #54 on: May 25, 2012, 11:01:30 pm »
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Does anyone think the Justice Department will approve these maps? 

Based on the softball approach to redistricting that the DoJ has taken so far, probably so.
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« Reply #55 on: May 26, 2012, 01:46:30 pm »
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Does anyone think the Justice Department will approve these maps? 

Based on the softball approach to redistricting that the DoJ has taken so far, probably so.

1) First of all, the DoJ has played hardball witness Texas. Since the other maps have complied with the VRA, there has been no basis for an objection.

2) Any serious attempt to play hardball is apt to be meet with a giant judicial bitchslap from the Supreme Court that would not only overrule the DOJ in that case, but might strike down the VRA itself. Notice how the DoJ slinked away in Kingston NC, I think it was.
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« Reply #56 on: May 26, 2012, 01:48:46 pm »
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Does anyone think the Justice Department will approve these maps? 

Based on the softball approach to redistricting that the DoJ has taken so far, probably so.

1) First of all, the DoJ has played hardball witness Texas. Since the other maps have complied with the VRA, there has been no basis for an objection.

2) Any serious attempt to play hardball is apt to be meet with a giant judicial bitchslap from the Supreme Court that would not only overrule the DOJ in that case, but might strike down the VRA itself. Notice how the DoJ slinked away in Kingston NC, I think it was.

They could have drawn additional VRA seats in SC, LA and possibly AL.
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« Reply #57 on: May 26, 2012, 10:45:11 pm »

Does anyone think the Justice Department will approve these maps? 

Based on the softball approach to redistricting that the DoJ has taken so far, probably so.

1) First of all, the DoJ has played hardball witness Texas. Since the other maps have complied with the VRA, there has been no basis for an objection.

2) Any serious attempt to play hardball is apt to be meet with a giant judicial bitchslap from the Supreme Court that would not only overrule the DOJ in that case, but might strike down the VRA itself. Notice how the DoJ slinked away in Kingston NC, I think it was.

They could have drawn additional VRA seats in SC, LA and possibly AL.

TX chose to go to the DC circuit while the others went through DOJ first. It sure looks like DOJ thought retaining its position as the first choice for states was more important than seeing minorities get a chance to be represented proportionally to their numbers.
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I'm preparing for my next road trip to the Pac NW. Here are my previous editions from 2011,
2008, and 2005. That should help fill a bunch of counties on my master map.
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« Reply #58 on: June 03, 2012, 11:30:26 am »
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Does anyone think the Justice Department will approve these maps? 

Based on the softball approach to redistricting that the DoJ has taken so far, probably so.

1) First of all, the DoJ has played hardball witness Texas. Since the other maps have complied with the VRA, there has been no basis for an objection.

2) Any serious attempt to play hardball is apt to be meet with a giant judicial bitchslap from the Supreme Court that would not only overrule the DOJ in that case, but might strike down the VRA itself. Notice how the DoJ slinked away in Kingston NC, I think it was.

They could have drawn additional VRA seats in SC, LA and possibly AL.

TX chose to go to the DC circuit while the others went through DOJ first. It sure looks like DOJ thought retaining its position as the first choice for states was more important than seeing minorities get a chance to be represented proportionally to their numbers.
And the fear of Section Whatever (I have no memory for names of things like that) being struck played a large role in that.

But Texas went that route because a) they're morons b) soft enough a ball to okay their first map attempt hasn't been invented yet.
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