ARK DEM ON REDISTRICTING- The new chair of the Arkansas Democratic Party says Republican proposed redistricting maps are illegal. In an appearance on Arkansas Public Media’s “Talk Business and Politics”, New Democratic Party of Arkansas Chair Grant Tenille suggested the GOP’s redistricting map efforts are a deliberate, unilateral sign that the Arkansas Republican Party’s focus is to dominate politics in the state.
"There is zero interest, as we’ve seen this time, in working toward the middle and trying to find consensus and in passing legislation that helps all Arkansans," Tenille explained. "I think these maps are a great example of it. They’re illegal on their face. I believe that the courts will have something to say about them."
Chairman Tenille said that a court strategy is under development and the Democratic Party will play a role in challenging the Congressional redistricting maps that the GOP-heavy state legislature has forwarded to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson for signature. The most controversial aspect of the new Congressional districts splits up the Democratic stronghold of Pulaski County into three separate districts.