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House approves redistricting plans, Dems plan to sue (South Carolina)
The State ^ | 6/15/11 | Gina Smith

Posted on 06/17/2011 7:00:44 PM PDT by randita

House approves redistricting plans, Dems plan to sue (South Carolina)

Plan going to Senate soon creates state’s seventh congressional district centered in Horry County

By GINA SMITH

June 15, 2011

The state House of Representatives signed off on a plan Tuesday to redraw its legislative lines and create a seventh congressional district, centered in Horry County and running along the North Carolina border.

The plan requires one more perfunctory vote before heading to the Senate.

But some are disappointed with the plan, including the state Democratic Party, whose chairman plans to sue.

The plan House members approved:

• Creates two new S.C. House districts in Georgetown and Richland counties that are “majority minority,” meaning the majority of voters in the districts are racial minorities. In the Midlands, the plan affects Rep. Mia Butler Garrick, D-Richland, whose District 79 currently is made up of Northeast Richland County and a slice of Kershaw County. The plan approved places all of Butler’s district in Richland County. An amendment to retain more white voters in the district, proposed by Garrick, was voted down Tuesday.

• Eliminates one majority minority district in Charleston County — represented by Rep. Robert Brown, a Democrat — because it has lost African-American population. Under the new plan approved by the House, the state would have 30 majority minority districts, instead of the current 29.

• Merges districts with shrinking population in Laurens, Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, Colleton and Jasper counties.

• Creates four new districts in the growing counties of Beaufort, York, Horry and Berkeley.

“We did our best to keep cities, towns and counties whole and be fair to all House members,” said Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Richland, who oversaw the House’s efforts to redraw the district lines — a task that must be performed every 10 years using the latest census data reflecting how the state’s population has shifted.

The House plan draws eight legislators into four districts, pitting them against each other in primaries next year. The eight are four Democrats and four Republicans.

“This plan is fair,” said Rep. Harry Ott, D-Calhoun, the House’s minority leader. “It’s not perfect, and we’ve got a few Democrats who find themselves in collapsed districts. But there’s an equal number of Republicans who find themselves in the same situation.”

One of those Democrats is Rep. Denny Neilson of Darlington County, the House’s longest-serving member. Under the new plan, Neilson would have to run against her fellow incumbent and Democrat, Rep. Robert Williams.

“No one wants to run against an incumbent. Plus, Robert is my friend,” said Neilson, who has been in the House since 1984 and plans to seek reelection. “But the Pee Dee has lost population. It’s part of the process. I understand.”

Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party, said the party or a group of Democrats will challenge the proposed new maps in court, contending they create too many majority minority districts.

The gist of the lawsuit, he said, would be to encourage the U.S. Justice Department to approve a S.C. plan that moves African-American voters out of majority-black districts to other districts, giving them more sway over who is elected.

Democrats long have contended that Republicans try to put as many reliably Democratic, minority voters as possible in districts, seeking to ensure that other districts are overwhelmingly white and more likely to elect a Republican. Districts with a mix of races are more likely to elect a Democrat, Democrats contend.

“The Republicans are conducting a concerted effort to re-segregate our state,” Harpootlian said, contending majority minority districts are a dated notion no longer needed. “It was a remedial measure that was very much needed because, back then, white people wouldn’t vote for black people. That’s not the case anymore.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: redistricting; sc; ushouse

1 posted on 06/17/2011 7:00:53 PM PDT by randita
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican

Redistricting - SC.


2 posted on 06/17/2011 7:01:35 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita

The Communists Party (formally the democratic party) at it again using their communists courts to get the cry babies their way. Poor boys!


3 posted on 06/17/2011 7:08:07 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Logical me
Say what you will about them, but Dems never take a loss sitting down.

Were this the Republicans, they'd be calling a press conference to congratulate the Dems on their victory.

4 posted on 06/17/2011 7:12:00 PM PDT by daler
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To: randita

The extremely, over-the-top, out-in-orbit patriots in this state are about to eliminate the most racist pig in South Carolina - Jim “high-goosestepping” Clyburn.

Oh, the horror.


5 posted on 06/17/2011 7:15:11 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization that must be outlawed)
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To: daler
Say what you will about them, but Dems never take a loss sitting down.

Tell Wisconsin about it.

6 posted on 06/17/2011 7:29:30 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: randita

If the Dems plan to sue, it must be a good map.


7 posted on 06/17/2011 7:30:56 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: daler

Did Linda help the ‘rats?


8 posted on 06/17/2011 7:33:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Given the screwing about to happen in IL (min -5 R) we need to make certain every opportunity we have to screw these traitorous bastards over is taken.


9 posted on 06/17/2011 7:37:53 PM PDT by slapshot ("Were not gonna take it anymore" Twisted Sister)
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To: slapshot
If one is traveling with firearms it seems to be a good idea to route away from Ill.

The place is a cesspool.

10 posted on 06/17/2011 7:50:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: randita; Crichton; Impy; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; Clemenza; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued
"Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party, said the party or a group of Democrats will challenge the proposed new maps in court, contending they create too many majority minority districts."

Yup. Dick da Dem is suing because he doesn't want more Blacks holding office ! And they call the GOP racist.

11 posted on 06/17/2011 8:15:59 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: slapshot; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Crichton; Clintonfatigued

At best we’ll gain a single seat in SC (it’s already 5R-1D), but the big problem is that given the demographics, in a bad GOP year, the Dems could grab at least 3 or 4 of those 7 House seats SC will have after 2013 (we almost dropped to 3 in 2008 as it was). By giving the Democrats 2 Black plurality/majority districts, we could ensure we will easily hold the remaining 5 without challenge.


12 posted on 06/17/2011 8:21:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Democrats are NEVER happy.


13 posted on 06/17/2011 8:27:06 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: randita

God, I am so sick of hearing about how liberals/Democrats/unions are going to SUE because they lost a political battle.

These people are truly disgusting. I cannot abide them. They are like junior high girls, just big whining crybabies.

Revolting.


14 posted on 06/17/2011 8:52:47 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: fieldmarshaldj; randita; upchuck

The ‘Rats seem divided about this. The state House voted 83-to-25 in support, which means a number of ‘Rats supported it. The state Senate voted 37-to-1 for the new lines. Maybe the lawsuit won’t happen.


15 posted on 06/17/2011 10:25:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Now, where have I heard that before? : )

Drawing two black-majority CDs in SC not only will guarantee us a 5-2 majority for the next 10 years, it would force whichever body (be it legislative or judicial) that draws the lines after the 2020 Census to draw two black-majority CDs or else violate the anti-retrogression requirement of the Voting Rights Act, so it pretty much guarantees a 5-2 GOP majority for *20* years.


16 posted on 06/17/2011 10:38:30 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; randita; upchuck

Sounds to me like it’s the state leg maps they are pissed about not the congressional map. They want to spread out the Black vote because maj min districts are “re-segregating the country” ie eliminating white democrats they need to have a chance at a majority.


17 posted on 06/18/2011 4:35:39 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; l8pilot; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
RATS need to grow up and quit acting like a bunch of high schoolers.

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18 posted on 06/18/2011 6:57:17 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Paladin2

“If one is traveling with firearms it seems to be a good idea to route away from Ill.”
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If one is a decent human being it IS a good idea to route away from Ill. I have been to Chitown, Ill thrice and have no desire to ever return.


19 posted on 06/18/2011 7:24:33 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The dims aren’t worried about electing minorities, they are worried about electing Democrats. SC has begun to display a capacity to vote for minority candidates who run as conservatives. The dims can’t stand that. They would much rather see a white Republican than a black Republican.


20 posted on 06/18/2011 7:29:10 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: upchuck
Off topic question. I continue to be surprised that the SC GOP is letting Clyburn off the hook so easily on the Boeing/NLRB case. They should be demanding every day that he, as the THIRD leading Dem in the House, intervene with Obama to save the thousands of new SC jobs that are at risk. I know you can't defeat him in 2012, but make him miserable and make him sweat. He was there at the groundbreaking of the plant..I saw the video clip..so maybe they should have an event and "take away" his silver spade..

Force him to make some statements..don't let him keep on ducking the question. Picket his local offices..heck..borrow a page from SEIU..hav several hundred of those who could lose their jobs peacefully picket his home.It will put more pressure on Dems in other red/purple districts, and some Dem senators..

I assume that somewheres there are stats as to the number of minorities and women that Boeing has hired at the new plant. I'd wager it's at least 35% of the total...so run ads..asking him to save the jobs for minorites and women...

21 posted on 06/18/2011 7:44:48 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: upchuck
I found the maps and Google Map overlays at the link below:

http://redistricting.schouse.gov/

Sweet! Florence city and almost all of Florence county is in the proposed 7th district.

22 posted on 06/18/2011 8:35:13 AM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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The proposed 7th district has very clean lines. It includes the following counties:
Chesterfield
Darlington
Dillon
Georgetown
Horry
Marion
and 80% of Florence county.

The south-western corner of Flornce county that includes Lake City, Scranton and Olanta are still in the 6th.

Of course the Democrat party will want to redraw the lines street-by-street and house-by-house.

23 posted on 06/18/2011 8:59:16 AM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: randita

Meanwhile, up in Maryland, I hear of no plans by the GOP to sue over the superdupergerrymandered Martin O’Malley Congressional redistricting map just passed by the legisl00ture. Not that they shouldn’t sue, but I guess the GOP just isn’t into do-overs the way the Democrats are.


24 posted on 10/20/2011 8:04:52 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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