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New Senate district that would’ve served Western Tidewater dead issue

Published 10:58am Thursday, February 7, 2013

RICHMOND—A new redistricting plan that would’ve created the first new majority-minority district in the Virginia Senate since 1991 has died.

The proposed District 25, approved by the Senate, would’ve stretched from Danville to Franklin and included Southampton and Isle of Wight counties and a portion of Franklin. The proposed district has a black population of 56.2 percent.

The provisions of the Voting Rights Act require the creation of majority-minority districts where a minority group is sufficiently large and compact, 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.

Republican House Speaker William Howell ruled that such a sweeping change was not the intention of the original bill and therefore an invalid addition, according to a published report.

 

  • kingradman

    Blonde, we don’t all have to agree with you, I a have Many professors that would disagree

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  • seymorebutts

    Waiting for Mak Mak to chime in. We all know he will!

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    • seymorebutts

      Second thought… *After he has time to look up new words to bedazzle us with in an attempt to intimidate us into agreeing :)

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  • kingradman

    Chili, you are absolutely correct, WIki, is often full of errors. My college professor doesn’t recommend students use for research

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    • BlondeStranger

      There are MANY educators who would staunchly disagree with your professor, per my comments below.

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  • obxstylist

    I hope in this age of info blacks will learn to stop voting against themselves by voting in liberal democrats who couldnt care less about them. They will see that it has been republicans who have stood up for them throughout history. Democrats started the kkk and they continue to keep blacks in slavery with the highest unemployment rates. they want you enslaved to govt. There’s a good reason Martin Luther King was a conservative republican. look it up and learn.

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    • BlondeStranger

      Well, anyone who looks it up will find out that you are just flat-out wrong on your assertion regarding his political persuasion. But, hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of your argument! King subscribed to neither party. From Wikipedia:

      “Although King never publicly supported a political party or candidate for president, in a letter to a civil rights supporter in October 1956 he said that he was undecided as to whether he would vote for Adlai Stevenson or Dwight Eisenhower, but that “In the past I always voted the Democratic ticket.”[32] In his autobiography, King says that in 1960 he privately voted for Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy: “I felt that Kennedy would make the best president. I never came out with an endorsement. My father did, but I never made one.” King adds that he likely would have made an exception to his non-endorsement policy for a second Kennedy term, saying “Had President Kennedy lived, I would probably have endorsed him in 1964.”[33]

      So far as the references to which the numbers above refer, I won’t bother citing them here. But, you are certainly free to “look it up and learn,” if you are capable.

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    • chilimac72

      I am conservative in my views, but I wish we could remove the racial tendencies of some. Unfortunately, we can not. These statement are full of incorrect/invalid facts. I would never recommend citing Wiki for facts. You are better off looking at the sources if you must use it. The Republicans of Lincoln changed when the Democrats in the 60s and 70s started supporting the Civil Rights movement. Senator Jesse Helms of NC would be a good example of the racist bigots that left the Democratic Party to join the Republican party. Democrats were for a long time the party of the racists, but unfortunately too much of that is now found within the Republican party. That is not to say that some did stay in the Democrat party. The term “Dixiecrat” is often used to define them. MLK was a conservative, but if he knew in what direction the party was going he would have become a Democrat.

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      • BlondeStranger

        You might want to join the 21st century. A Wiki article is a perfectly acceptable source to educators of all levels, as long as the article itself is properly sourced. As I indicated above, if you want to see the sources, go look them up!

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    • seymorebutts

      The clan or “klan” you refer to was established (according to wikipedia) around 1865. Whoever started the ignorant organization is no longer alive. Which means “Democrats started the kkk” is irrelevant. Also, my opinion is neither party cares about any race. They tend to only consider people they personally know or must impress to be elected in order to gain or improve social stutus in their personal lives. That’s a shock isn’t it?

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