The fireworks started when Sen. Bryan mentioned that he'd overheard a fellow senator on talk radio complaining about the Burton plan for the Pine Belt, and how it had split four counties with one outrageously gerrymandered district that ran from the Pearl River County line north through the western portion of Lamar County, then through part of Forrest County, next through the heart of Covington County, and finally finishing its assault on the senses by amputating the northern half of Jefferson Davis County. The caller was angry over this district, and said that he simply couldn't support the Burton plan due to such gerrymandering. Sen. Bryan then placed Phil Bryant's plan for the Pine Belt on the screen:
Sen. Bryan then went on to speak about the Burton plan's treatment of the same area. Here's District 41 under the Burton plan. Notice how Jefferson Davis County is whole.
And here's what Lamar County looks like under the Burton plan:
So, that's what sent the Bryant plan supporters scurrying for cover yesterday, leaving only 16 to stand by Bryant as the vote came down.