Georgia New Congressional Map Reshapes Minority: Representation by Disassembling Another District

Georgia New Congressional Map Reshapes Minority: The map fixing’ to keep things political as usual in our congressional delegation, aiming for nine Republicans and five Democrats. But hold your horses, it’s likely headed for another round in court after passing with a 98-71 vote.

“It’s like a game of high-stakes poker,” drawled Michael Li, the redistricting expert from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Now, in October, U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones said our state’s map was playing foul and needed a redo to give fair representation to the Black folks who’ve been driving our population growth. He even said, “You can’t fix this mess by messing with other minority districts.”

But them Republicans seem to be doing just that. They’re messing with Democrat Rep. Lucy McBath‘s 7th Congressional District, where Black, Hispanic, and Asian voters usually vote Democrat. They’re scrapping that and birthing a new majority-Black 6th Congressional District.

Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, is likely to stamp his approval on this map, sending it straight to court again. To defend it, they’ll have to argue that these coalition districts ain’t protected by the Voting Rights Act.

“It’s like a game where the rules ain’t clear,” Li said.

Georgia Democrats ain’t happy, shouting on the floor about how this Republican-drawn map ignores Judge Jones’ orders. They’re saying it’s just more crafty map-making, not reflecting the people’s will.

Mike Krzyzewski ain't thrilled that Florida State got snubbed for the College Football Playoff.

The college football scene was on the edge of rebellion this past Sunday when the undefeated 13-0 Seminoles got passed over for the 12-1 Alabama.

Despite their perfect record and conquering a P5 conference, the injury to QB Jordan Travis seemed to render the Seminoles' entire season meaningless.

It's a decision that many find indefensible. Since the announcement, more and more voices have joined the chorus of dissatisfaction. Now, Coach K has added his voice to the protest.

"The committee got it wrong. What they did to Florida State was wrong. I can’t believe the coaches in that room let this happen," exclaimed the legendary former Duke coach, sharing his disapproval of FSU being left out of the CFP field.

If you were on social media last Sunday, you'd know many people agree with Coach K.

It's just mind-boggling that a team can go 13-0, triumph over the SEC in two non-conference games, secure a P5 conference victory, and still get left out in favor of 12-1 Alabama.

Sure, Jordan Travis being sidelined affects the team, but the Seminoles won every single game they played this year. I recall a few years back when Florida State clinched a national title with a third-string QB.

Coach K, in my humble opinion, is spot on when he expresses disbelief that anyone with coaching experience on the committee let this snub happen. What's the point of the regular season if going undefeated doesn't count?

We're still weeks away from the CFP kickoff, and without a doubt, more people will express their frustration with the 13-0 FSU getting sidelined. Coach K, a man with six rings, adds significant weight to the list of those backing FSU. Unfortunately for the Seminoles, he doesn't possess a magic wand to undo the committee's decision. Everyone is stuck having to swallow a bitter pill.

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State Rep. James Beverly, a Democrat, is calling it unlawful and downright wrong. This ain’t no Georgia map; it’s an Alabama map,” he declared.

Remember when Alabama lawmakers snubbed drawing a second Black opportunity district earlier this year? Even the U.S. Supreme Court said they had to, but Republicans were playing a different game. Now, a federal court referee had to step in, drawing Alabama’s map and giving Black voters two seats for the 2024 elections.

Republicans here are swearing their map is on the up-and-up, meeting all the court demands. State Rep. Rob Leverett, the Republican head of the redistricting committee, says that “minority opportunity district” only means Black voters according to the order.

“He’s talkin’ ’bout a case with Black voters, not these other minorities. We ain’t buying into this idea of mixing’ folks from different backgrounds to hit that 50% mark,” he explained.

If the U.S. Supreme Court decides the Voting Rights Act ain’t covering these mixed-up districts, Li says it could be a game-changer. It might just make it easier to play political games with diverse suburbs all over. “This could be a real shake-up.  just watch,” he drawled.

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