Here are some notes:
- 33 of the 52 Senate districts lost African-American voting population when the state as a whole saw its African-American population increase by 0.7%
- That being said, only 4 districts saw any significant decrease in BVAP (black voting-age population), and those districts were 2, 14, 33, and 47.
- Depending on the definition of "districts of influence" one chooses, the number of lost districts of influence is either 2 or 4.
- If a district of influence is one which has a BVAP of 25%-50%, then there are 15 districts of influence out of 52 under this map. That's opposed to the House map, which has 19 out of 122.
- The number of majority minority districts increases by 2 under the Flowers map.
- The reduction of the number of split precincts to 14 is pretty impressive.
- Sen. Bill Stone (D - Ashland) is the only Senator I see that's getting screwed pretty hard. His district, District 2, is being moved to DeSoto County, and he's being thrown into Sen. Nicky Browning's (D - Pontotoc) district.
I don't think you'll see much rancor over this plan, but we'll see. The plan is before the Senate right now.