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Louisiana redistricting case seen as crucial test of Voting Rights Act
WaPo ^ | 06/04/2011 | Sandhya Somashekhar

Posted on 06/04/2011 3:36:52 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan

In a racially mixed corner of Shreveport, La., a small group of white voters protested loudly this year that they did not want to be part of a majority black district when the legislature redrew the state’s political boundaries. The Republican-led statehouse complied, drawing a line around the community to accommodate them.

That line is at the heart of a case before the Justice Department that is seen as a critical test of how the Obama administration will interpret the controversial Voting Rights Act as it rules on a new wave of redistricting plans.

The law, passed in 1965, was designed in part to prevent white lawmakers from weakening the voting strength of minorities with the deft drawing of district lines. More than a dozen states, including Louisiana, are required because of their history of discrimination to clear their redistricting plans with Justice.

But some lawmakers in those states, many of which have Republican majorities, say they do not trust the Obama administration to fairly assess their maps. This is the first time since the passage of the Voting Rights Act that a Democratic administration has been in the White House following a decennial census, when state lawmakers redraw local, state and congressional boundaries.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: census; doj; holder; holderspeople; la; louisiana; racism; redistricting; votingrightsact

1 posted on 06/04/2011 3:37:00 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

With all the historic gerrymandering and pandering to various groups in drawing district lines, who could blame them?


2 posted on 06/04/2011 3:38:42 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Justice Department officials say their decisions will be made based on the law and facts, not politics.

Right. /s

3 posted on 06/04/2011 3:39:31 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The decisions will be based on Just Us.


4 posted on 06/04/2011 3:45:17 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BuckeyeTexan

It seems that the elections are already decided with these laws.


5 posted on 06/04/2011 3:48:16 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Texas and its gerrymandered districts will be tested imo.


6 posted on 06/04/2011 3:51:50 PM PDT by deport
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The Voting Rights Act is Reconstruction II, another occupation, this time political.


7 posted on 06/04/2011 3:52:37 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Democrats Soil Institutions.)
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To: hal ogen

Who could blame the white voters or who could blame the DOJ?


8 posted on 06/04/2011 3:53:21 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: deport

Probably so. Any predictions?


9 posted on 06/04/2011 3:55:43 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Balkanizing America along racial lines.
Ethnic cleansing next?


10 posted on 06/04/2011 3:59:01 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks BuckeyeTexan.
...lawmakers in those states, many of which have Republican majorities, say they do not trust the Obama administration to fairly assess their maps. This is the first time since the passage of the Voting Rights Act that a Democratic administration has been in the White House following a decennial census, when state lawmakers redraw local, state and congressional boundaries.

11 posted on 06/04/2011 4:05:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Any predictions?


Not really other than I’d not be surprised to see another district with Hispanic potential emerge. Look at the proposed I believe it’s #33 that includes parts of Jefferson Cty and makes a circle to the north and west. The district as drawn has nothing in common from one end to the other, just as an example of gerrymandering, imo.


12 posted on 06/04/2011 4:17:26 PM PDT by deport
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I’m sorry it’s proposed District #36 in Plan 125 assuming that plan gets approved. It’s a farce.

http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/


13 posted on 06/04/2011 4:22:03 PM PDT by deport
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To: BuckeyeTexan

If the black representatives were not ignoring their whitey constituents this would not be an issue.


14 posted on 06/04/2011 5:15:54 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Removing white voters from what is apparently a gerrymandered district designed to elect a black politician affects the district, how?


15 posted on 06/04/2011 6:02:58 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Aroostook25

It’s actually good to pack Blacks in the same district in the south. It leaves you with 1 Black rat and Republicans in the other districts. Instead of several White rats if you spread out the Black vote.


16 posted on 06/04/2011 6:15:37 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: randita; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; LdSentinal

Ping


17 posted on 06/04/2011 6:19:31 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

I’m in a VRA State Senate district (Black). My member completely ignores us (indeed, we don’t even so much as get campaign materials or newsletter updates).


18 posted on 06/04/2011 6:26:11 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Jacquerie

You’ve got to admit that gerrymandering is an affront to liberty. How can you have real representation when ‘communities’ are mere political creations to preserve political power?


19 posted on 06/04/2011 7:03:29 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The dirty little secret now is that President Obama has done something no one ever thought possible - he has unified the white vote (against the Democrats).

It really doesn’t matter how they attempt to spread blacks out, particularly in those Southern States, as the white vote will overwhelm their votes in any case.

It took decades - but whites (in large part) FINALLY see just who the Democrats are and what they stand for.


20 posted on 06/04/2011 7:23:42 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Others said the community is diversifying, that it will probably become majority black eventually...

I hate things like this. When it's a white majority district by demographic happenstance it's illegal, immoral and fattening. When it's remapped to being a black majority district it's a fist-in-the-air victory for diversity and the downtrodden.

White districts elect all manner of people to represent them: white, black, hispanic, asian, men, women, gays and somehow whites are seen as racists, bigots and homophobes.

The motivation here it to produce a Democrat ghetto, another modern perpetual plantation from which to siphon votes and dollars which will see no return for the voter's loyalty.

21 posted on 06/04/2011 7:42:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: deport
Since Hispanics are the fastest growing population group in Texas, they probably will pick up one or two of the new districts. I would just go ahead and assume that right now.

This whole thing with whites in Texas making up less than 47% of the population, and dropping, is going to help the Democrats pull off some crazy districts in the future.
23 posted on 06/04/2011 7:43:48 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Impy

The Obama Justice Department needs to be watched very closely.


24 posted on 06/04/2011 8:16:21 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: newzjunkey

I finally agree w you on something. Never thought that would happen. Hope springs eternal.


25 posted on 06/04/2011 8:32:22 PM PDT by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: 1010RD
Example of racial gerrymandering is North Carolina's 12th Congressional District which was drawn to create a black majority district.
We'll see a lot more of this with Obama's minions.

North Carolina 12th Congressional District

26 posted on 06/04/2011 8:32:41 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Just repeal the unconstitutional act, The Feds should not be in the business of making laws regarding their own election.

There an no equal standing when Some States are made to follow laws not applied to other States. Much less Laws no where authorized in the Federal Constitution.

This Orwellian “Voting Rights act” is an abomination in almost every respect.


I actually understand the concerns of theses Louisianian voters. A republican in a democratic dominated district has little in the way of honest representation. That is to say nothing of the even more reduced representation of white voters in a district dominated by all but openly racist black democrats. Democrats that have convinced themselves that they are justified in “punishing” whites to “uplift” themselves.


27 posted on 06/04/2011 10:05:08 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Aroostook25

Wow that’s incredible! It’s pretty well designed to include every major city in NC. You would do well to drive a car from one end of that district to the other in a single day.


28 posted on 06/04/2011 10:07:21 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: af_vet_rr

Run all the illegal aliens out of Texas, and let’s bring white South African immigrants in. They’re being persecuted in South Africa and are looking for a place; the Southwest seems to fit the bill.


29 posted on 06/05/2011 12:56:37 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: 1010RD

It is an awful process, but the best there is. The question is who is to draw the district lines? Will it be State politicians who can be replaced, or bigoted, unelected ideologues from DC with no stake in the community? I don’t see why a biased decision from a bureaucrat or a Judge is any more virtuous, or “fair” than district lines coming from the people’s State reps.

I’m not convinced I understand your point in your second second sentence.


30 posted on 06/05/2011 2:37:46 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition. Edmund Burke)
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To: pnh102
If the black representatives were not ignoring their whitey constituents this would not be an issue.

They don't ignore them. Not at all. They pay very careful attention -- and then do the opposite, out of malice and spite.

Their keyword is "payback". It's a religious mantra, intended to heal divisions by holding one group's head under the mud with a boot on the back of the neck, until the bubbling indicates that the party of the second part has, in fact, expired. Call it "Haitian reconciliation."

A version, if you will, of Orwell's famous last line: "a boot stamping on a human face forever."

31 posted on 06/05/2011 3:26:31 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: af_vet_rr
This whole thing with whites in Texas making up less than 47% of the population, and dropping being overrun by hordes of Mexican invaders .....

There. That do anything for clarity and comprehension?

32 posted on 06/05/2011 3:33:36 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: BobL

“he has unified the white vote (against the Democrats).”

pfff, not nearly true.

Here in Illinois 98% of white catholics will still vote Democrat.

98% of white union members will still vote Dem.

98% of white gays will still vote Dem.

98% college students will still vote Dem.

80% of white retirees will still vote Dem.

90% of all white Jews will still vote Dem.

98% of all gub’mint employees will still vote Dem.

don’t kid yourself.


33 posted on 06/05/2011 4:23:04 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: Impy

“It leaves you with 1 Black rat and Republicans in the other districts. Instead of several White rats if you spread out the Black vote.”

That’s a good point.


34 posted on 06/05/2011 6:47:02 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: esoxmagnum

“Here in Illinois 98% of white catholics will still vote Democrat. 98% of white union members will still vote Dem.
98% of white gays will still vote Dem. 98% college students will still vote Dem. 80% of white retirees will still vote Dem. 90% of all white Jews will still vote Dem. 98% of all gub’mint employees will still vote Dem.

don’t kid yourself.”

That was all in the “beforetimes”; now the job market, gasoline prices, and tax situation has up-ended everything. NJ has a very similar problem to Illinois, and yet elected Chris Christie as governor a year after Obama carried the state. Ditto for MA - Brown & Christie may not be everyone’s ideal “Republican”, but the groups that opposed them (especially Christie) were the right enemies for conservatives to have.


35 posted on 06/05/2011 6:51:11 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: lentulusgracchus

“Their keyword is “payback”. It’s a religious mantra, intended to heal divisions by holding one group’s head under the mud with a boot on the back of the neck, until the bubbling indicates that the party of the second part has, in fact, expired. Call it “Haitian reconciliation.” “

Their problem is that their enemy feeds, clothes, schools, and cares for them; they are hardly in a position to make a go of it alone (which every black Democrat concedes in supporting the party that will tend to them as if they were helpless, illiterate field hands).


36 posted on 06/05/2011 6:59:34 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
Remember the story about the scorpion and the frog and their little swim across the Nile?

"This is the Middle East."

37 posted on 06/05/2011 7:25:21 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Good point.


38 posted on 06/05/2011 7:40:37 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The Fed can only complain about the lines, they can not draw them.


39 posted on 06/05/2011 8:25:01 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Pelosi: Obamacare indulgences for sale.)
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To: esoxmagnum

“don’t kid yourself.”

I think some of your numbers are a bit off, but I get your point.

I’m thinking more in the South...we have state legislators by the dozens or even hundreds switching parties as they know that the Democratic name is permanently tainted.


40 posted on 06/05/2011 9:11:39 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: Aroostook25

I’m all for more districts like that. Make them 95%-100%black I say. They deserve the representation they get.


41 posted on 06/05/2011 11:27:16 AM PDT by MovementConservative (Go Mariners! 2012!)
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To: lentulusgracchus
There. That do anything for clarity and comprehension?

Don't forget birthrates among different groups and the New Englanders and Californians moving into Texas. I probably won't be alive in 20 years, and I can't even imagine what Texas will be like then. I would make a joke that Texas is going to look like it did prior to the 1830s, but that's probably racist ;-)
42 posted on 06/05/2011 1:16:35 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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