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Republican-drawn legislative maps are coasting to passage in Tennessee Senate

Middle Tennessee NAACP Vice President holds up a sign reading "Stop These Racist Maps" in the Senate Judiciary Committee as they take vote on district maps that have only gotten approval from the Republican Party.
Blaise Gainey
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WPLN News
Middle Tennessee NAACP Vice President holds up a sign reading "Stop These Racist Maps" in the Senate Judiciary Committee as they take vote on district maps that have only gotten approval from the Republican Party.

The newly drawn Tennessee district maps have flown through legislative committees on party-line votes. The Republican-led state Senate could pass the maps Thursday.
Voting rights advocate shave asked the General Assembly to consider keeping communities whole. However, Republicans proposed a congressional map that splits historically democratic Davidson and Shelby counties, among other changes.  

Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, chairs the redistricting committee. 
“I think there’s benefit there in terms of having that representation, and that consistent representation, of urban and some rural. Some have more rural than others but it just makes sense,” said Johnson.
But Democrats don’t agree. Maps released by the Democratic Party kept Davidson and Shelby mostly intact.  
Jimmie Garland, vice president of the Middle Tennessee NAACP Chamber, says the maps aren’t good government.  
“Everything that is wrong is not illegal. There is a moral propensity in leadership to actually retain power by doing the wrong thing,” said Garland.
Today was the last opportunity for public comment. The full Senate is expected to vote on the maps Thursday. 

Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.
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