Friday, April 15, 2011

MSGOP, Haley Barbour: A preliminary injunction isn't necessary (And a peak behind the scenes reveals why they're saying that)

Yesterday, the Mississippi Republican Party and Gov. Haley Barbour filed responses in opposition to the NAACP's request for an injunction that would prevent elections this fall under the current maps. Here they are:

MSGOP's Response in Opposition to a Preliminary Injunction

Haley Barbour's Response in Opposition to a Preliminary Injunction

Both Barbour and the GOP say the Court should draw new maps, which is a break from the argument Secretary of State Hosemann is making. However, they both argue that the Court should hold off on entering a preliminary injunction, saying that it is speculative to assert that the Court will have time to draw new legislative district maps. The assertion that the Court will have such time is one that I believe to be well-founded, especially given the Watkins v. Mabus decision.

Once again, Republican parties in NAACP v. Haley Barbour, et al. are selectively reading and quoting the Watkins opinion. In Watkins, the Court was mere days away from the filing deadline, approximately one month from party primaries, and 90 days from the general election. We are currently 47 days away from the filing deadline, and 109 days away from the scheduled party primaries. We are 207 days from the general election. A preliminary injunction would focus the efforts of the parties and create less, not more voter and candidate confusion. More than sufficient time exists for the Court to draw a plan, and, barring something unforeseen, the Court will do so.

Now, here's what's going on behind the scenes: Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant are barely holding onto a majority of senators. In fact, they are close to facing an announcement that a majority of senators have reached an agreement with the House on new maps. If that were to happen, then Barbour would be forced to either call a special session and allow the legislature to pass new maps or be the only person responsible for the deadlock and litigation. Barbour won't likely die in that ditch. Barbour and Bryant are holding onto the majority of senators by selling them the idea that they'll just run under their current districts this year, and draw new lines next year. Barbour and Bryant fear that an injunction from the Court will push senators over the edge into compromise, and that's why you're seeing the opposition to the injunction.

5 comments:

Frederick said...

Lets check the record here Matt/Brandon - you haven't been correct on anything else you have posted about what's going on in the redistricting issue where it concerns Republicans. You have pushed the McCoy/Reynolds/Dem line so hard trying to scare Repub members into believing your dribble with statements about what's happening among Republicans so much that any thought of credibility has long been lost. What should make anyone believe this b/s line about what the Republican Senators are about to do? Your direct line to Bryant and Barbour? Or your direct instructions from McCoy?

Cottonmouth said...

Frederick,

I don't know who you are, but asserting that I'm not fully responsible for what's on this blog is simply baseless. This is my blog, and no one else's. I know you and some others have a hard time believing that I would have access to as many folks as I do, on both sides of the aisle.

Any concerns over whether or not I have strong sources amongst GOP senators were put to rest after I outed Lt. Gov. Bryant's comments concerning the federal judiciary.

Hope you have a good weekend,

Matt

P.S. - I think you meant "drivel", not "dribble." No one should believe my dribble, especially my crossover. I ain't exactly Michael Jordan.

Casey Ann said...

Cottonmouth, you are good!

Dr_John said...

It is telling that this same kind of activity is happening with Republican Senators/House members with regard to re-mapping in Louisiana. Gov. Jindal is a party to it as well. Is it some genetic defect or something else that causes this?

Josh said...

Dr. John - I think you're on to something. It must be a genetic defect that causes Democrats to attempt to gerrymander districs to desperately hold onto power instead of properly redrawing districs to reflect actual population shifts. Thank God for Republicans who stood firm against these attempts to rob the citizens of this state of proper representation. If it weren't for Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature, then we wouldn't be in a position to have judges properly draw fair districts. I guess the House Democrats didn't go to the negotiating table because they knew they couldn't defend thier actions with a straight face.