Full Supreme Court Denies Democrat Appeal Of Redistricting Plan - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Full Supreme Court Denies Democrat Appeal Of Redistricting Plan

The full U.S. Supreme Court has denied Democrats' emergency appeal in a Mississippi redistricting case, clearing the way for the state to use a a plan drawn by three federal judges.

The nine-member court met about the appeal Friday and denied it without comment and without dissent.

"Of course we're disappointed in the denial, but this was not completely unexpected,'' said Robert McDuff of Jackson, the attorney who filed the Democrats' appeal.

The high court ruling came hours before a candidates' filing deadline Friday for this year's congressional races. McDuff had asked the court to implement a plan drawn by a Hinds County Chancery Judge.

The state court plan is thought to favor Democrats and the federal judges' plan is thought to favor Republicans.

After a decade of slow population growth, Mississippi must give up one of its five U.S. House seats.

Under both the state court and the federal court plan, Mississippi's two junior congressmen, Republican Chip Pickering and Democrat Ronnie Shows, are tossed together into a new central district.

Spokesmen for both congressmen said they expect a tough campaign.

"Both congressmen will work hard and the people will decide who best represents Mississippi's conservative values,'' said Pickering campaign manager Henry Barbour.

Shows' Chief of Staff Glenn Rushing said: "It's going to be the toughest the congressman has run, but we will assure Mr. Pickering it will be the toughest he has ever run.''

Rushing also said the Shows camp has reviewed the composition of the new district.

"This is a wonderful district and we're going to move forward and work with the new counties,'' Rushing said.

Barbour said he was not surprised by the Supreme Court's denial of Democrats' emergency appeal.

"This is what we expected because the law and the facts are clear and we're pleased to start campaigning and have redistricting behind us,'' Barbour said.

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia denied McDuff's initial emergency appeal. McDuff then refiled his appeal with Justice David M. Souter.

Souter passed the appeal on to the entire court for consideration Friday during justices' weekly conference.

The plan drawn by three federal judges puts heavily Republican, suburban Jackson precincts in the new central district where Pickering and Shows will face off.

The state court plan put those precincts in a district that dips down from northern Mississippi and gave the new central district a higher concentration of black voters, who often vote Democratic.

McDuff said he will file a more extensive redistricting appeal and the Supreme Court could hear those arguments this fall. He said that could affect the question of what districts will be used starting with the 2004 election.

Redistricting bounced into the courts after state lawmakers met last fall and deadlocked on how to combine Pickering's and Shows' current districts.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-07-25 04:10:04 GMT

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>
  • Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:58:50 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>
  • Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:09:56 GMT
    Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly