Thursday, March 31, 2011

Redistricting Bill Passes State House

Today the redistricting bill passed the State House of Representatives.  Luckily it was blocked in the Senate by Senator Kim Hendren.  It's a good thing he's still there.  I know he would have made a great U.S. Senator, but then he couldn't have stopped this travesty.

If the bill that passed the House today becomes law it will almost guarantee that there will be no U.S Congressman from Arkansas that lives south of the Arkansas River.  Some have called it a pig tail, others have called it the "Fayetteville Finger" but it would include the city of Fayetteville in the Fourth District.  Since that is the most populous area of Arkansas, it is almost a certainty that whoever has the most support there would beat anyone who has the support of the people of South Arkansas.  For the people in the southeast side of the state, they will be competing with the folks up in Mountain Home, Bentonville and West Memphis.

This Gerrymandering would, in effect, disenfranchise everyone in southern Arkansas.  The people south of the Arkansas River will have no representation in Washington D.C.  We must fight this onerous bill.  I have attempted to contact some people who might have some knowledge of this bill and what we can do to stop it and I hope to have them come and speak at a regular meeting of CAP.

This is serious folks and I want to get everyone fired up about it.  Please, please, if you possibly can, come to our next meeting so we can get as many voices as possible speaking about this bill.  We may not have a speaker next week that is knowledgeable about this, but I promise I'll have more information for you.

In case you have forgotten, we are now meeting in El Dorado City Hall, still on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM.  The fight that we started last year isn't over.  We've still got a lot of work to do.  Please come and help us.

John A. Wilson
Conservative Action Project of Union County

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