Can our lawmakers earn their keep today?
Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 1, 2001
Thursday, November 01, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
The Legislature is scheduled to open in special session today
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with the sole purpose of approving a new congressional map for
Mississippi – necessary since the state is losing a U.S. House
Many plans have been placed on the table. None has received
overwhelming support by all parties involved.
Unfortunately, the lack of any leading contender plan going
into the session means all involved are fairly certain the matter
will require a good deal of political cajoling, a little party
pressure and perhaps a knock-down-drag-out fight.
We hope it doesn’t come to a true fight because Mississippi
has bigger fish to fry than to spend large amounts of time and
money arguing over politics.
We don’t blame the politicians as a whole; they are simply
doing what they always do.
However, we are disappointed in the work – or lack of work
– displayed by the redistricting committee formed months ago to
lay the groundwork for a smooth, quick special session. The purpose
of the redistricting committee, as we understand it, was to narrow
the selection and offer a set of useful choices. The goal was
to keep the major battles from being waged before the full special
As we can see by the myriad of plans still up for consideration,
that didn’t happen.
Legislators have a great opportunity to earn their keep today
as they begin a special session dedicated to redrawing the state’s
Lawmakers should keep the politics to a minimum and get down
to doing what is best for Mississippi.
Isn’t that what we elected lawmakers to do in the first place?