Monday, 18 April 2011 23:17
Will Jindal's Push In Louisiana Redistricting Session Backfire?
Written by 

The Louisiana Legislature, at the 11th hour, passed a Congressional redistricting plan that left several state legislators unhappy.  Earlier, it also agreed on new district lines for the 39 state Senate and 105 state House districts after much rancor and controversy.

    Is it a done deal?  Maybe not.  The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus has issued a statement claiming that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and some of his supporters in the Legislature “decided that partisanship and incumbent protection were more important than complying with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
    The Caucus intends to work with the U.S. Department of Justice and will urge against pre-clearance of both redistricting plans.  A lawsuit will likely be filed.  Keep in mind that the redistricting plans were passed by a Republican governor and GOP-controlled Legislature; the U.S. Department of Justice is now under Democratic control with a black U.S. Attorney General.
    Louisiana is not alone in having to get pre-clearance of redistricting plans from the U.S. Justice Department.  So must the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Two key issues for Louisiana will be the failure of the Legislature to create a third black state House district in Shreveport.  The House and Governmental Affairs Committee approved such a plan, but it was changed by an amendment on the House floor – with the urging of the governor.
    Also at issue is the fact that the Legislature turned thumbs down on a Congressional district in north Louisiana that would have been conducive for a Democrat and/or black to run in.  Jindal threatened to veto such a plan and insisted, instead, on two overwhelming white districts in north Louisiana.
    All of that aside, some legislators are still bristling over the fact that Jindal interjected himself into the redistricting process, which is supposed to be the exclusive domain of the Legislature, after he promised at the beginning of the special session that he would not do so.
    Some political observers believe that the hard feelings will carry over to the regular session of the Legislature, which begins on April 25 and runs through June 23.  
    They also suggest that Jindal’s grip on the Legislature is beginning to slip, which means that the governor may have a difficult time in the upcoming session getting his budget approved and trying to cope with a nearly $1.6 billion state budget deficit.
    The governor wants to use one-time revenues to help close budget gaps, and some legislators are already expressing opposition to such stop-gap measures.
    The messy session has left good-government groups calling for an independent commission to do redistricting in the future.  The problem is...who will appoint the commission?

by By Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

FAX-NET UPDATE is published weekly and delivered to your home or office by fax or e-mail. Subscription rates are: $50 for 12 months (50 issues) or $35 for six months. To subscribe, send check or money order to: Fax-Net Update, P.O. Box 44522, Shreveport, LA 71134. If you have questions, tips or want to do a guest column, call 861-0552 or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Cat Fights on the Hot Cement Confederate New Orleans statues
  • Ex-Saints, Bears, Bills, NFL Exec, Jim W. Miller discusses NFL Draft tomorrow
  • Trump's new plan; Curtains on tax returns release; 40% say Trump-Russia; Probing Obama admin
  • Watch Louisiana Governor Edwards talk about CAT Tax failure

catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

Read More

miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

Read More


trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.


Read More

edwards play money 1

At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1