Predictably, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards has given Louisiana’s state majoritarian institutions new maps that don’t change much and a congressional map that will look exactly the same for this fall’s elections.
Edwards managed this combination by vetoing the identical bills from the recently-concluded special session on reapportionment that left congressional districts largely the same in producing one majority-minority district of the six, letting go into law bills drawing up the Legislature, and signing bills concerning the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Public Service Commission. The bills addressing each legislative chamber effectively add one M/M seat to each while the BESE arrangement keeps two such districts of eight and the PSC retains its one of five.
Special interests and Democrats saw differently the products of the Republican-run Legislature, with that party’s Senate supermajority plus one seat and its being only two seats shy of a House supermajority. They wanted another BESE M/M district and at least one more in each legislative chamber, besides the extra such seat in Congress. But vetoes to reflect those desires never were in the cards, for two reasons.