Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rep. Kelvin Buck (D - Holly Springs) begins to question Rep. Bill Denny (R - Jackson) about the Denny plan

Rep. Kelvin Buck (D - Holly Springs) has started questioning Rep. Bill Denny (R - Jackson) about Denny's redistricting plan.  He is the first member of the Legislative Black Caucus to address Denny.

Buck asks Denny whether or not it is important to consider anything other than BVAP (black voting age population) when drawing majority minority districts.  Denny responds by saying that the committee took into account the Obama and Dupree voting patterns, which seems out of place here.

Buck then says that someone fighting for or against a plan isn't necessarily fighting for his or her own survival, but rather for a district that contains similar communities of interests.

Buck then points out that none of the attorneys or experts used by Denny in drawing the Denny map were African-American.  Denny says that Rep. Ed Blackmon (D - Canton) had a lot of input in the Denny map.

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