Republicans stumble on issue of race in redistricting

They apparently can't get their story straight. While some of them are saying they were trying to comply with the VRA by stacking black voters into certain districts, others are saying race wasn't even mentioned:

So, which one is it? Were they paying attention to skin color, or ignoring it? Apparently for some lawmakers, it was both:

Watt said on the witness stand that Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, told him before the maps were initially passed in July 2011 that Republican leaders "had told him that they were going to ramp the 12th Congressional District up to over 50 percent black." Watt said Rucho told him GOP leaders "had given him the task of going out and selling this to the black community as being in their interest."

During a court recess, Rucho said the statement Watt attributed to him about the 12th District "was totally untrue." Watt also said he believed Rucho mischaracterized publicly his view on the proposed 12th District.

Typical. When you get backed into a corner because of your sneaky shenanigans, start hollering "Liar!" to anyone who will listen.


This is the Number 1 moral issue facing our government

Race, not-race, party, not party, it's all bull. Everyone knows districts were contrived for the sole purpose of winning more seats. The result is simple: All votes are not created equal. In fact, one Democratic vote is worth only 3/5 of one Republican vote.

Republicans cheated to gain more power. They're still cheating, and until they redraw the districts and stand for reelection in new, fair districts, the entire government must be judged illegitimate.

Nothing else really matters until this is resolved.


Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

You have to give them credit for "original intent."


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR


I've been looking for a way to drive this home because lots of people think it's just a pointy headed idea that people don't care about. You've just done that.


That's exactly where my head went with that

fraction of a person business. You nailed it. Nice post.

I really do not like the equating of D's and R's

on the issue of gerrymandering. If Dems had rigged things to the extent that R's have, then the R's NEVER would have had a chance to take control of the GA or flip the Congressional delegation red in 2010.

There is NO comparison between the tinkering that the dems did to the wholesale disregard for the rules of district creation and for democracy in general shown by the NCGOP.

I agree

yet that is the first response I hear from people all over the state. Dem's did it too. That's why I don't even have the "matter of degree" discussion. Gerrymandering of any degree is morally wrong and undermines the core principle of democracy.

I started where you are, but found the argument too hard to win. People are always looking for an excuse to accept whatever evil they happen to encounter, rather than confront it head on. Gerrymandering is evil.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)

Most people don't deal in degrees,

they deal in absolutes. Which is why the process of partisan redistricting should be absolutely abolished.

Sounds like something the Governor should be pushing. :)

Here here

To all of the above!


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail