Every 10 years, the state legislature uses information from the U.S. Census to draw new boundaries for districts in the state house, state senate, and in Congress. How important do you think it is that communities and cities are placed in the same district as much as possible when redistricting?
The results: 37 percent responded that it's "very important," and 35 percent responded "somewhat important." By contrast, only 8 percent responded "not very important, and 6 percent responded "unimportant." That would indicate that over 70 percent of likely voters seem to favor some attempt to preserve "communities and cities" in the redistricting process.
State Republicans have been drawing up the new districts behind closed doors, and the Black Caucus has said they already have a lawsuit ready for when the doors open, should they deem the new map to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act. We won't get to see the actual outlines until January, but the Daily Kos has drawn up a map of what they might look like, which includes the slicing-up of Nashville into four safely Republican-voting zones — a wholly feasible prospect.
Hey, remember when TNGOP chair Chris Devaney said that state Democrats, by voicing support for Occupy Nashville, were showing how "out of touch they are with everyday Tennesseans"? Wonder if Republicans will show us how in touch they are with the 70 percent who say they'd rather not see cities — and "communities," however you want to define that term — carved up unnecessarily in the name of political expedience.