Mississippi House releases its redistricting plan

(Jackson-A-P) -- Some Republicans and an independent are

grumbling about a proposed Mississippi House redistricting plan

that shifts political boundaries to account for population changes.

The new map was released today. Redistricting chairman

Representative Tommy Reynolds says it maintains the current balance

of Democrats to Republicans and black members to whites.

DeSoto County, the Jackson suburbs and the Gulf Coast pick up

new districts under the map. The Golden Triangle, the Delta, the

city of Jackson and the Natchez area lose districts.

The changes reflect population shifts shown in the 2000 Census.

A plan to redraw the 52 state Senate districts also is expected

to be released today.

Representative Tom Cameron, an Independent from Greenville, is

upset because his majority-white district was divided into

surrounding majority-black districts. A majority-white district was

created in rapidly growing DeSoto County.

The districts of Republican Representatives Gary Chasm of

Columbus and Rob Roberson of Starkville were combined. Both are


Chism says the map was drawn to create as many Democratic

districts as possible. But Reynolds says Chism and Roberson were

tossed so new Republican-leaning district could be created in

DeSoto County.

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