More Fun With Redistricting As We Look at Caraway and Davis's Unusable Submissions

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Click to embiggen Dwaine Caraway's proposed map, or just look at it here.
The next meeting of the Redistricting Commission is Tuesday -- I know, I know, settle down. At which point, the commission will discus yet another round of submissions, among them one from none other than council member Dwaine Caraway. Only, don't expect the presentation -- which will be made by commissioner Billy Ratcliff, poor guy -- to go very far, since Caraway's proposed map fails on almost every level.

How so? Well, let's turn to the staff analysis, which says, right off the bat, that Caraway's hodgepodge of a proposal doesn't meet one of the main criteria, Minority Representation. Says staff, "This plan submission does not meet the minority representation test. This plan includes 5 minority districts and 4 minority coalition districts. This constitutes retrogression of minority representation from the 2001 District Plan," which has six minority districts. Also, for some reason the former mayor has managed to come up with only two districts (4 and 8) that are majority African-American -- as opposed to the three found in most submissions, including Sam's. Caraway's one other big problem: "The districts are not contiguous and as such boundaries could not be written."

So, fail. But not nearly as big a fail as Carolyn Davis receives for her presentation ... if that's what one chooses to call her "partial plan submission," which is being generous. Davis, you see, is only concerned with District 7, her district, not the entirety of the city. Which may work around the horseshoe, but not with Ruth Morgan. And I'll leave it to you to look at Sandra Crenshaw's two submissions. Actually, Anna, that's all yers.

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Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Betzen's plan is about the most fair I have seen so far in all of this....

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

In all fairness, Davis has a big target painted on her and everyone knows it.  So she's trying to find a way to wiggle away from it.  Can you blame her? Not that it's going to work, but she's gotta try.

cp
cp

Davis is concerned with her voter "base". For some reason those Ferguson Road Initiative idiots have gotten behind her and the only reason she ever wins elections. That area north of I-30 needs to be cut out of District 7 altogether. I was at a redistricting meeting where some neighbors and I heard her scold Bill Betzen saying, "Oh your plan will never work, because it draws me out of here!" Davis's brains aren't big enough to give a shit about the whole city...

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

Oh, I'll be there on Tuesday all right. With my special redistricting party hat on. 

Billy MacLeod
Billy MacLeod

I agree with you Diane. Bill knows more about gerrymandering than most people have forgotten but sadly his map will never even make it into the finals. Gerrymandered districts like 2 and 14 will remain that way, they are tied together like Siamese twins.  Domingo Garcia and John Loza are battling for territory and they are doing it block by block. They will never allow for their voting blocks power to be stripped, even in the light of day they will never give it up. The Hispanic community is divided in two but only one side has a seat at that table. Their stance against positive change will affect the entire map.

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