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New senate district with black majority includes Western Tidewater

Published 11:09am Monday, January 28, 2013

RICHMOND—The new redistricting plan approved by senators features the first new majority-minority district in the Virginia Senate since 1991.

District 25 stretches from Danville to Franklin and includes Southampton and Isle of Wight counties and a portion of Franklin.

Sen. John Watkins, R-Chesterfield, said the new district has an African-American population of 56.2 percent.

“Stretching across Southside Virginia, it will provide the opportunity for rural African-Americans in Virginia to elect their own representative to the Senate,” Watkins said. “And it has been drawn without an incumbent senator to truly provide an opportunity for this community.”

The provisions of the Voting Rights Act require the creation of majority-minority districts where a minority group is sufficiently large and compact, and is politically cohesive, and if there is a demonstrated history of racially polarized voting in the region.

In 1991, these standards led Virginia to increase the number of such districts in the Senate from two to five. Although the House of Delegates had increased the number of majority-minority districts in that body since the 1991 redistricting, the Senate had not.

The plan approved by the Senate changed that by approving the 25th District.

The legislation creating this new district is awaiting action in the House. If approved, the measure would go to Gov. Bob McDonnell. If the map becomes law, the new district would take effect in the next regular elections for the Senate of Virginia, which occur in November 2015.

 

  • Timberlake

    Thing called the constitution gets in the way of sending reps from every city too

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  • Timberlake

    @masknup too many of these legislators guys for each city and county would be a nightmare. Geometric equal divisions would not be fair. Trying to tie these districts to equal party or racial or urban/rural distibutions is a real challenge. If the answers were easy, we wouldn’t have a problem.

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  • Masknup

    Just goes to show that the biggest racism is brought to the public by the government. Im really sick of the BS. What happened to the best person for the job? Each county and city should have a represenative. That would eliminate this gerrymandering process that is continually fought over year after year after year.

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  • Makalani

    @simpl… Yes I find it very amusing being condescending– snide and sarcastic. I really could care less how you feel –honestly!
    But I also enjoy serious discourse. You rarely posit POV that warrant seriousness!
    And unlike you — I don’t get emotionally involved enough in the discourse in here to want to personally meet any of the commentators.
    Maybe LibertyWithResponsibilty and I could have some cerebral- in person-discourse!
    You? I rather talk to David Duke!

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    • SandMan

      Mak….it’s actually ” I couldn’t care less”. To say ‘I could care less” shows it’s very important to you!

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  • Makalani

    @Timberlake-If verbally challenging the racial ignorance/stereotypes espoused in this forum makes me a Black racist/living in the past century– I am guilty as charged!

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  • simplifyingit

    @mak…you must really amuse yourself with your patronizing and condescending remarks all the time, on nearly every article. You do not amuse or impress me, not one iota! You needed 24 hrs to research more big words to throw out at us and ways to sound like you care about us while being snide. Enjoy your first amendment rights my friend, enjoy. When you have time, lets have tea and debate it without the keyboards?….wait i tried that before and you were….well to put it simply, chickenshot!!

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  • Timberlake

    @Mac, please, this is not semantics, it’s state politics, archaic as it is. I have no patience for the routine Afro-A racist stuff vs the southern–its gotta be the way its always been stuff…you guys will never get clear because everybody in this column lives in a past century.

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  • Makalani

    @Timberlake — RE: “You didn’t get it either.”

    So we don’t get into a Bill “Clintonese” dog-chasing-its-tail definition of “it” — what “it” didn’t I get?

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  • Timberlake

    @Mak, don’t be a smarty pants. You didn’t get it either. Everybody needs to get out of their grandpappy racial camps and see things for what they are.

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  • Makalani

    @ simplifyingit– RE: “… i want you to shut your “claptrap”!”

    Some superpatriot/Minuteman you are!
    Tens of 1,000s of brave Americans have died — shed blood defending our Constitution — including the 1st Amendment!

    Doesn’t freedom of speech mean anything to you?
    You must be one of those “Don Juan Minutemen!” LOL

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  • Makalani

    @ Timberlake– RE: “… gerrymandered the districts …”
    Who do you think you are? You are not another Einstein — coming in here talking down to “dumb country white folx” using a bunch of big words and complicated political explanations! Commentators in this forum watch “Gerry” Springer — they know what gerrymandering is!

    Seriously — anyone who completed the 8th grade should know that for the political parties in power who get to redistrict — gerrymandering is routinely done for their benefit. They will draw a district 150mi long and a few miles wide — such as the one mentioned in the article — if it is to their advantage.

    It’s very doubtful that VA (Rs) redrew this District out of concern about Black folx being represented!

    But without fully understanding the implications — the circular thinkers in here took off on a tangent as soon as they read that “Black folx may be getting something!”

    ” ‘THEY’ already get “EBT — SSI — WIC — SNIC — Sct 8 — SNOOT — SNORT — free Cadillacs — etc etc” — (which is always running in the backgrounds of their feeble minds)! Now ‘THEY’ are getting their own District!” LOL

    One is even advocating an armed insurrection.
    Pretty hard to have serious discourse with such obtuse — hotheaded commentators!

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  • Makalani

    @ simplifyingit– RE: “… tough, rugged men who spoke strongly against tyranny, evaded high taxes, grew their own food, brewed their own spirits and were not afraid to use their own weapons ….”

    Let me make sure I understand your POV!
    There is “an uprising coming” which will be led by:
    1. Wayne LaPierre — a man who increases his NRA membership by “speaking strongly against tyranny” — getting gunnutz/zealots riled up/up in arms (pun intended).
    2. Mitt Romney — who “evades high taxes” by hiding his money in offshore bank accts.
    3. “The Amish Mafia — “who grow their own food.”
    4. “The Moonshiners” — who “brew their own spirits.”
    5. “The Loggers” — tough, rugged men!
    6. Deranged psychos — “not afraid to use their own weapons” in schools — movie theaters — political rallies and to ambush other innocent people both in public and private!.

    RE: “She can only be saved by those types.”
    ‘Sooooo’ — the gunnutz/zealots are not stockpiling ammo and amassing arsenals to take on the US ARMY when it comes to take their guns — BUT to slaughter their fellow citizens — Blacks?

    All because the (Rs) gerrymandered a district to benefit themselves? “C’MON MAN! That’s crazy talk/sheer lunacy!”

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  • Makalani

    @seymorebutts– RE: “Are you and ignorant person Mak? Yes, yes, you are!”
    If asking questions and then answering them is one of the attributes of intelligence — I am extremely ignorant because I give people a chance to answer!

    RE: “What’s the definition of a word you dislike?”
    I abhor “OBTUSE” — [people] “lacking in discernment or enlightenment”

    For apparently “vocabulary-challenged” people like you — it must be extremely frustrating NOT being able to use gutter words and expletives in this forum. You have to settle for thinly-veiled references to gutter words used only by ignoramuses.

    RE: “Even more reason for me to move away from here before I start a family.”

    PS- Let me know when you are ready to move to the backwoods of Mississippi/Alabama where your kindred spirits reside. I will help you pack. I can also get you a good deal with my AARP discount on a rental truck! DEAL?

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  • Makalani

    @Scott15 RE: “MLK marched and preached so much about how we are all equal…”
    Despite your disappointment in me for posting sarcastic — meaningless ramblings — I am so proud of you for believing in Dr. King and living by his teachings of brotherhood/equality.

    Since you — like Dr. King are such a devout Christian — I guess your making a mockery of my name — “Makaroni” — is done out of endearment and in jest! I can’t imagine a devout Christian like you doing so for malevolent /malicious reasons!

    I am also gratified that since you are an admirer of Dr. King’s who abhorred violence — you probably won’t be part of the armed insurrection/murdering your fellow citizens as called for by another commentator!

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  • Makalani

    @MAXDOUBT — RE: “If you read elsewhere …”
    LOL — You are funny!
    The commentators below who immediately began shooting from the hip — probably never EVEN read the article with understanding!

    Doing additional READING and RESEARCH BEFORE spouting the same ‘ole’ racially -tinged stereotypical claptrap — asinine — nonsensical tripe/bile — surely you jest!

    Their knowledge of our political processes is probably limited to whatever Limbaugh and the talking airheads on Fox News drum into their let-others-do-your-thinking-for-you-small-minds!

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  • Maxdoubt

    This story leaves out the most interesting parts of the creation of this bill. If you read elsewhere you will see that this plan was opposed by the black caucuses and the Democrats, the vote was 20 Republicans to 19 Democrats.

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  • Va Native American

    Isn’t it ironic that the late MLK marched and preached so much about how we are all equal, and about not judging someone by the color of his skin, yet we now have a president that is in office solely for that reason? And now this?
    John VanChocStraw : “Why can’t we just vote for the best candidate instead of the candidate’s color? Isn’t this just reverse racism? ”
    No John, Racism is Racism. There is no such thing as reverse racism(the road goes both ways.) And yes we should just vote for the best candidate instead of the candidates skin color.

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  • seymorebutts

    Even more reason for me to move away from here before I start a family.

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  • simplifyingit

    These United States were founded by tough, rugged men who spoke strongly against tyranny, evaded high taxes, grew their own food, brewed their own spirits and were not afraid to use their own weapons. She can only be saved by those types. There is an uprising coming and it ain’t gonna be good if we stay on the path we are on!

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  • Makalani

    @simplifyingit — I agree 10,000% with everything you just said.

    I offered a 10-point — sensible — well-thought out plan for you White males to take back America! You label it sarcasm and attack the messenger.

    What is your plan beside spouting — ad nauseam –ad infinitum — the same ‘ole’ racially-tinged stereotypical claptrap — asinine — nonsensical– jaundiced tripe/bile?

    I am not asking you to embrace all of my suggestions — just the ones that you think are the most ‘doable!’

    In the words of one of my favorite Black Civil Rights activists — the late Fannie Lou Hamer: You need to — “Lead — follow — or get out the way!”

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    • simplifyingit

      i don’t want you to agree with me…..i want you to shut your “claptrap”! You are not another Einstein and we are not “dumb country white folx!”

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  • simplifyingit

    the african american population is no longer the minority and Mak knows it. Then he gets up hre and talks like some highly educated intelligent person being sarcastic towards everyone. He wouldn’t be in Franklin, throwing his verbage around on a little TN paper forum if he was so smart. He is just another AA activist. Sad thing is they will stand together,organize together against others, fight in packs, and us “whiteys” just sit back and say “oh well”! Its time people to gather ourselves and get back to “equal!”

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    1. Don’t call it “reverse racism.” That’s bogus. Think about that. Racism is racism, no matter what color does it. It is no less wrong if it comes from a minority.

    2. Yes, they are giving more power to the “minority” community, by denying me my voting power. That’s really helping my outlook . . . .

    3. This article I don’t think exemplifies what the Doctor we just honored last week (MLK) promoted as focusing on the content of the character, not the color of the skin.

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  • Makalani

    RE: “White Politicians are giving away the country …”
    RE: “… blacks are right, but now they have the majority and the entitlements and so on and so forth!!! Wake up white america!!!!!”
    I agree 10,000% with the above statements.
    White males are under siege in America!

    RE:Isn’t this just reverse racism?
    10,000% agreement again! AND– as a fair-minded person — I am SICK and TIRED of it.
    Below is my 10-point plan for White people to take back America and get this country “back straight.”

    My 10-point plan:
    1. Outlaw the (D) party. With one party rule — the (Rs) could fix this country in a “New York minute! They would be free to:
    2. Free up millions of jobs for Americans by rounding up and deporting all illegal immigrants. Create more jobs in defense industries with never-ending wars against Third World people. Unemployment? POOF! GONE!
    3. Abolish all Civil Rights laws and remove all Black elected officials.
    4. Remove all White females from elected office. Revoke women’s right to vote and to run for political office.
    5. Impeach Prez Obama. Put the Presidency and all political power back in the hands of White males like God intended.
    6. Offer Black folx one-way — govt vouchers to Africa or to the country of their choice.
    7. For the ones who don’t want to leave America — strengthen States’ Rights laws — let the 13 Confederate States (CSA) decide if they want to reinstate slavery.
    8. Abolish all social welfare/entitlement programs for adults.
    9. Limit social welfare/entitlement programs to the first 5 years of children’s lives.
    10. Reinstate child labor so children can be self-supporting.

    As a Black man — my 10-point plan is to my detriment but hey — ”no greater love hath a minority who sacrifices himself for the majority!”
    I am all about fairness. Any supporters for my 10-point plan?

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    • seymorebutts

      Are you an ignorant person Mak? Yes, yes you are! What’s the definition of a word you dislike?

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      • Va Native American

        You are correct seymore, Makaroni is most definitely ignorant and tries to hide that fact by hiding behind hundreds and thousands of sarcastic, useless, meaningless ramblings and false facts; and also likes to take his own words and try to convince others that they are yours. The only problem(for Mak) with that is that there are so many foolish posts by him that we all see through the B.S.

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  • momto2Js

    Please contact the governor’s office to voice your opinion on this.

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  • momto2Js

    Why should they be given special consideration when they want to be equal? Equal means everyone is treated the same, so color shouldn’t play a part in drawing up the district lines. You can’t have it both ways.

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  • skooch

    That is exactly what it is and there is more and more of it everyday. White Politicians are giving away the country and white people sit back and say well that is the way things are now.

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  • simplifyingit

    Yes great job politicians!! draw up district lines just so, in your words,:”it will provide the opportunity for rural African-Americans in Virginia to elect their own representative to the Senate,” . Yes thats what the founding fathers meant when they said “all men are created equal”, just give everything to the A/A population and oppress the caucasians!!! Racism never ended, the blacks are right, but now they have the majority and the entitlements and so on and so forth!!! Wake up white america!!!!!

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  • John VanChocStraw

    Why can’t we just vote for the best candidate instead of the candidate’s color? Isn’t this just reverse racism?

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    • Timberlake

      I think everyone is missing the point of what happened. The Republicans gerrymandered the districts to consolidate African-American voters thus making a sacrifice here to gain GOP advantage for a greater number of districts. It’s like an electoral college thing. This was concocted by the Republicans for the Republicans. They did it while our democratic legislators were in Washington for the inauguration. I’m a Republican but wake up and smell the coffee.

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