10 to 4 for the Republicans

I have no idea who this is, but for your overnight viewing pleasure, someone has come to RedState with a plausible redistricting scenario for Georgia to give the GOP 10 seats to 4 and preserving the minority-majority districts necessary for pre-clearance.

But it carves up Macon. Oh well.

28 comments

  1. Jeff says:

    Talk about gerrymandering!

    This has CD2 stretch from the FL line to the south Metro Atlanta region, CD 3 stretch from the TN line to Columbus, and CD12 stretch from the SC line all the way to Albany.

    “Communities of interest”, yeah right. (sarcasm)

    • Harry says:

      Agreed, this is ridiculous. I would almost suspect it’s a Democratic attempt at disinformation. No doubt the final version will look much more compact.

  2. Howard Roark says:

    As a lifelong conservative I am absolutely against this map. It is what Roy Barnes tried to do to us before the voters of Georgia sent him home the 1st time.

    • Goldwater Conservative says:

      It has nothing to do with Roy Barnes and everything to do with political survival. It does not matter what you believe or what party you caucus with, these guys will do anything to increase their majorities.

  3. Max Power says:

    Why do Republicans pretend they hate strangely drawn majority-minority districts when we all know they love them. If Georgia’s Congressional districts were drawn like Iowa’s there would be fewer republicans in Congress.

  4. seenbetrdayz says:

    It looks horrible but it takes Peach Co. out of SanfordBishopLand so I have to say I’m torn, lol.

      • seenbetrdayz says:

        What outcome would that be? Trading a (D)emocrat for a (R)epublican? Heh. Careful there, you almost confused me for a partisan hack.

        I just don’t like Bishop. Don’t read into more than what’s there. 😉

  5. peach4handel says:

    I don’t think they will take Peach Co. out of GA2. The Republican’s are just now starting to get a hand on Peach Co.

  6. peach4handel says:

    I don’t think they will take Peach Co. out of GA2. The Republican’s are just now starting to get a hand on Peach Co.

  7. Tiberius says:

    The danger of publicly accessible map drawing software. The guy/gal really loves the north-south connection, doesn’t he?

  8. Toxic Avenger says:

    It’s unique, I’ll give you that, but it’s horrible, not because of the fact that it’s so partisan, but is so un-representative. Right now, our lines at least (excepting the 13th, arguably) present districts that represent functionally similar areas. This map doesn’t even come close.

    • Tiberius says:

      Agreed. How many of these maps by non-decision makers do you think we’ll see before the 1st real(or 1st test) map is presented?

  9. KD_fiscal conservative says:

    There’s no way Bishop is going to allow for the dilution of the AA vote in the 2nd without a fight. This is basically consolidating S. GA’s AA population to one district. Only in a Reb. fairy tale, is there going to be 10 safely red districts.

    I would be surprised if there are huge changes at all. They will add the new district in N.-GA, and few minor changes in S. GA to increase the pop. of the 2nd, while helping to strengthen the 8th for Scott. Barrow’s district may actually increase its democratic majority while alleviating some of the burden from the 8th.

    While many Republicans are hoping for major changing in districts and many more Republican additions to the GA-Congressional delegation, I’m not holding my breath.

  10. Charlie says:

    As I commented on brother Erickson’s site:

    1) The incoming Governor and Lt. Governor of Georgia both live in the City of Gainesville, in Hall County

    2) The good people of Hall County are still ticked that they are now represented by someone who lives on the “redneck west side” of GA-9, but are equally fearful/resentful of the possibility of being represented by someone from Gwinnett County.

    3) There is no way in hades that Hall county will be split down the middle, with the influence being diluted between two Congressional districts whose congressmen can treat Hall as an afterthought.

    4) Given that most of Georgia’s population growth has been in the North Metro Atl suburbs and N Georgia, it will be fairly easy to draw a congressional district where Hall county is whole and said district is not represented by an incumbent congressman.

    5) The wants and wishes of the good people of Hall county will trump any and all other map drawing concerns.

  11. SallyForth says:

    Hogwash! Repeating a falsehood a zillion times over still does not make it correct – “the minority-majority districts necessary for pre-clearance” is baloney. Nothing in the Civil Rights Act nor anywhere else requires minority-majority districts. This creation of the Republican administrations and Justice Departments for the last four decades is, in fact, exactly what the Act was supposed to avoid: gerrymandering black voters into districts to make them overall irrelevant.

    Decade after decade since 1970, Democrats tried to draw geographically sensible maps but were forced to change them to suit the Republican Justice Department in Washington. Bleaching out Georgia for these four decades herded Democratic-leaning minorities into the smallest possible number of districts, gave the Republicans an over two-to-one majority of Georgia’s Congressional votes. This turned the Civil Rights Act on its head and made Georgia’s minority voters irrelevant. A similar imbalance was gradually created in state Legislative districts, with a similar result at the State Capitol.

    The over-all results of this four-decade gerrymandering of Georgia came full circle in November 2010. This is the first time 1960 that we have had a Democrat in the White House when reapportionment occurs. We will now see whether Obama’s Justice Department has the guts to demand maps that make geographic sense and, at the same time, allow minority voters to have a voice in more than three or four Congressional Districts. Plus demand Georgia House and Senate maps be drawn to do likewise and restore relevance for minorities at the State Capitol.

  12. Ludowici says:

    The premise for this whole thing is flawed, right from the start. The writer even references Bill Cowsert serving as the VC of the Senate Reapportionment Committee. I’m betting that will change with the new committees. He’s a BOOB. The Georgia GOP’s version of Slick Willie. Hey! Slick Willie Cowsert!

  13. STEVETARVIN says:

    This will not be the map and secondly it amazes me to see R’s blame D’s and viceversa. Since these posts mostly blame R’s, who carved out the 11th, answer D’s and it was not for Gingrey (R) it was for Kahn (D), even at that a R won.

  14. Goldwater Conservative says:

    I continue to ask why we have not been the first state to employ districts without a partisan bias. It could really send a message to the rest of the country if the redistricting formed 14 congressional districts without a partisan advantage. It would really let democracy sing and hold congresspeople accountable.

    • drjay says:

      do you mean, going out of our way to make all 14 districts competitive? that would likely cause as much gerrymandering as trying to make safe districts. also even though you describe “no requirement to create majority/minority districts, ga does still fall under the vra and i can guarantee the doj and officials of color here would not allow the dismantling of existing minority influenced districts, and aren’t there other states that have judges and “nonpartisan” boards draw voting districts…

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