Remember that the new plan puts ALL of Bellevue into Congressional District 1, while putting Papillion and LaVista together into District 2. Why, the BRASHNESS of such a plan!
The Dems, led by Heath Mello, argue that Bellevue should be chopped in half — with the “good” half put into District 2, because…well…that’s the way it’s always been and if you don’t agree you’re just playing politics!!!
While he is at it, Mello will next argue that the border lines of the entire state of Nebraska are much, much narrower than they originally were — you know, back when Nebraska was a territory. Mello will propose that Nebraska’s new borders go back to those original borders,
“From the territory of Kanzas in the south, to the Vast Plain destitute of Timber in the north.”
That is, unless you REPUBLICANS have some POLITICAL reason for NOT having these borders. (All of this followed with a “Hmmph!” and an upturned chin.)
And now the OWH reports that state Senator Brenda Council is arguing that the new proposed district map will violate federal law, because it would “move” 8,000 minorities out of the 2nd District into the 1st. And that, says Council, would trigger a lawsuit! With lawyers! And judges and stuff!
Um, well, except that it wouldn’t.
See, courts have said you can have an “influence district” if the minority population within a district hits 30-33%. State Senator Council argued that since the 2nd Congressional District has a 25% minority, it’s close, so the legislature should be concerned about a legal challenge.
The problem with that argument is that you do not aggregate all minorities to get a “total percentage”– you consider them separately. No individual minority population exceeds 10% by much, when considered separately. The courts don’t aggregate minorities, so they don’t come close to getting there. Oh, and Senator Council knows that.
By the way, we also find it interesting that the same people who are now arguing to keep minorities together in the Congressional District, wanted nothing to do with that when the plan was for a majority Latino legislative district in South O.
Gee, wonder if politics has anything to do with that…
Oh, and yesterday the LJS’s Don Walton wrote the following in his Monday politics column:
Listed among the clients of Maptitude for Redistricting, a software source that includes a feature allowing you to “update historic election results to new political boundaries,” is the Nebraska Republican Party. Hmm.
And then state Senator Jeremy Nordquist repeated that contention on the floor of the legislature arguing against the redistricting plan.
Except, uh, the Nebraska GOP was a client — back in 2001. (That would be TEN years ago, for those of you who didn’t do well in Algebra.) They have not been one since.
Once Walton found out about this, he had it deleted from the online version of his column.
And he Tweeted — his very first Tweet, as near as we can tell — that:
LJSdon Don Walton
Nebraska GOP not currently a client.
LJSdon Don Walton
My bad. Guilty as charged. I had an old list of Maptitude clients and did not realize it.
But then he wrote this in his story about the redistricting argument:
“During the debate, Lautenbaugh said a Journal Star column item stating that the Nebraska Republican Party was listed as a client on a redistricting mapmaking software site was misleading and inaccurate.
The party was listed as a client on the site of Maptitude for Redistricting, but Lautenbaugh said the Nebraska GOP has not been a client since 2001.”
Now note that Walton only says that “Lautenbaugh said” that it was inaccurate. Not that it was “in fact” inaccurate.
And Walton did NOT add a retraction in the updated version of his column — just a deletion.
And as near as we can tell, there is no retraction or correction in today’s LJS — print or online version. (If we are wrong, we would be happy to correct that.)
So those old-fashioned folks with ink-stained pinkies who get their news via the fish-wrap version of the LJS have no idea that Walton, and whomever else provided that information, were wrong, or at the very least misleading about the implications of that bullet point. Maybe they should get one-a those TV-typewriter thingies already.
Wonder if that would have been the case if the same had been done to a misrepresentation about Senator Ben Nelson.
If we may quote Walton,