Column: Democrats try to give Arkansas the finger

That’s the headline I couldn’t use in my column today for the Arkansas News Bureau, for obvious reasons.

The “finger” in question is the “Fayetteville Finger,” the effort by Democrats to redraw congressional maps to their advantage by creating a peninsula stretching from the Fourth District up to Fayetteville.

Their motivation is simple: Put more likely Democratic voters in the First and Fourth districts and stuff Republican voters in the Third.

It comes at the end of the state’s first ever two-party session – one that went pretty well, frankly. Aside from this stunt – and a few others – if this is Arkansas partisanship, I can live with it. It certainly works better than the kind we have seen in Washington.

Here’s the column.

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