(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
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