Brown, Horgan differ on ‘settlement’ offered to NAACP in district voting case

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown contended this week that last year three county commissioners approved offering a settlement that would have enacted district voting in time for the November 2012 elections.

Brown contends the settlement, which he did not approve because he opposes district voting, was ultimately rejected by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has advocated in a federal lawsuit for a district voting format to replace Fayette’s current at-large voting process.

Brown’s contention, however, is challenged by former Commissioner Robert Horgan, who argues that he and former commissioners Lee Hearn and Herb Frady never proposed to settle on a change for district voting but rather had agreed to offer to the NAACP a proposal to adopt a five-district map that kept the at-large voting process.

“We never made any deal for something that would involve district voting,” Horgan said.

Hearn declined to speak about the matter citing county policy that requires commissioners to avoid speaking about executive session matters without a majority vote of the board to allow such.

The battle over at-large and district voting is fought largely along racial lines but also along party lines in many respects. The NAACP has contended in its lawsuit that at-large voting is discriminatory and prevents Fayette’s black population from electing the candidate of their choice.

The suit contends that a black resident has never been elected to either the board of education or the board of commissioners. At-large voting proponents, however, point to the repeated election of former Chief Magistrate Charles R. Floyd, who was initially appointed to office in the early 2000s before he was re-elected to the countywide post before his unexpected death.

District voting would require residents to vote for just one of the five members on the board of education and the county commission, whereas under the current at large voting format all voters may cast ballots for all five seats on both governing bodies.

Brown in his comments was incredulous that the NAACP would have turned down a proposal that would have enacted district voting. He also noted that he advocated the creation of a three-district map that would have appeased the NAACP and also created two at large posts, one commissioner’s seat and one chairman’s seat. Doing so would ensure that voters in every district could have a shot at electing a majority to the five-member county commission, Brown said.

Brown, a former member of the local NAACP who parted ways with the group over accusations of racial discrimination lodged in letters to the editor back in 2005, said he still has friends in the organization and that he got the permission of his fellow county commissioners to have a meeting with the local NAACP without lawyers present earlier this year.

“They refused to meet with me,” Brown said.

Brown said he has taken some flack from county residents who question why the county commission has fought the district voting lawsuit. Those residents are typically unaware of Brown’s attempts to meet with the NAACP, he said.

Brown said when he was a NAACP member, he enjoyed being engaged in that community. But his involvement ended when letter-writers crying racism threw Brown under the bus, ironically over a push back then for district voting.

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I read it!

I guess DM is curled up in a fetal position with a bottle of Jack Daniels after reading it. Ho ho (not)

I wonder if this ruling will kick the NACCP suit to the curb...any thoughts?

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/25/politics/scotus-voting-rights/index.html

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Wrong again. There were elements in the formula that no longer appear to exist. Believe me, even if it is harder to enforce, it will be enforced. Women, minorities, the poor, will have an equal opportunity to vote in local and national elections. The NAACP will not be the only organization to assure that voting rights in this country are protected from oppression/suppression. If you have a problem with this - well, that is really un-American isn't it?

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US SUPREME COURT KNOCKS DOWN

Voting Rights Act. Got rid of the formula today in a 5-4 decision.

Congress has the right to come up with a new way to approve voting law changes, but this one is now HISTORY. About time, way overdue.

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way overdue Moelarrycurly

They have been using those laws to suck the life out of the south.

The law was nothing but a tool for the NAACP to beat the life out of everyone. Finally some sanity.

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Voting Rights Act

“In 1965, the states could be divided into two groups: those with a recent history of voting tests and low voter registration and turnout, and those without those characteristics,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “Congress based its coverage formula on that distinction. Today the nation is no longer divided along those lines, yet the Voting Rights Act continues to treat it as if it were.”

That pretty much sums it up.

Now, lets see what happens next.

Hello from Toulouse, Fr.

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So, Cy, are you doing any cycling over there?

Hope you are not depriving all those beautiful french laides of the pleasure of seeing you cycle by in your spandex. Enjoy yourself and think a little of us poor souls who are stuck here with nothing to do but blog.

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Hey MYTMITE

This fat boy in spandex....well now, that’s a sight to behold. Anyways, no cycling for me in France. I would like to get in a quick ride when I get back home but I'll have to catch-up with the chores around the house. I'm sure the boss will add a few thingies for me to do.

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Bonsoir, Cy

I must say, I have never chatted before with someone while they are in Toulouse, Fr.

We'll keep the light on for you. Happy trails!

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Moe,

I’m catching the train to Paris tomorrow and then on to the company bus back home Thursday. Oh, lunch today was scallops, pan seared duck and a chocolate cake thingy. Good eats!!!

We need to plan a Fayette Citizen get together at the Twisted Taco when it opens.

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Cy, I had

an egg salad sandwich today. With apple slices for dessert. No thingy, either. You win, hands down.

Twisted Taco talkfest...hope I live long enough for the grand opening.

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Brown-NAACP

Excuse me, I thought the county was in a lawsuit with the NAACP. Why is Brown discussing anything with them? Oh I get it, got to have his name in print this week. Sorry taxpayers, we are doomed with this guy in office.

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Think about it Mr. Brown

What benefits would meeting with you provide to the NAACP? Of course their lawyer advised them not to meet.

What was your thought process? We're you trying to broker peace or are you trying to make yourself look good?

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Fayette County "Poster Boy"

Mr. Brown thrives on seeing himself in print and listening to his own rhetoric. The subject, process and outcome are only secondary considerations.

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