The Cleveland Daily Banner reports that Bradley County could be split between multiple Senate districts by Republican legislators seeking to maximize their party’s electoral advantages statewide.
One redistricting scenario apparently under consideration by Republicans would split Bradley County into two state senatorial districts in a move potentially aimed at wresting the 10th Senatorial District away from Sen. Andy Berke, the Democratic incumbent.
As the article points out, the Tennessee Constitution states, in Article II, Section 6:
In a district composed of two or more counties, each county shall adjoin at least one other county of such district; and no county shall be divided in forming such a district.
We’ll have to wait until the General Assembly starts its session to see which scenario made the final maps.
A question worth asking is whether Democrats regret any of their redistricting practices during the past, oh, century and a half, now that the the proverbial shoe is on the other foot and appears to be kicking them pretty hard. An idealist may wish the GOP would play nice now that they have the pen, but anyone who understands human nature at all could have predicted this backlash.