Received via email, with a sobering prediction as to how Puppet Justice Newby will decide on redistricting.
The election is over and the present districts will probably not change for the next ten years. This is because of redistricting and the NC Supreme Court outcome that tilts to the Republican majority with the election of Supreme Court Justice Newby. Justice Newby was supported by hundreds of thousands of dollars from outside the state - most notably Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ organization which has an office in North Carolina and lobbies daily in the legislature.
Republicans are whining again that mean old Governor Perdue is planning an appointment to fill the recently vacated seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court ... gasp ... instead of handing the task over to His Magnificent Presence. She should move ahead with her plans no matter what.
Timmons-Goodson announced her resignation last week, and Perdue has expressed an intention to fill the seat before Republican Gov.-elect Pat McCrory takes office in January.
That would probably require Perdue to dispense with the 18-member commission for nominating judges. Perdue’s own executive order calls for the governor to choose from among three candidates nominated by that commission. People close to the nominating process say it would probably take longer than the four weeks remaining until McCrory’s inauguration.
The obvious choice is Sam Ervin, who would have won the election in November if Pope hadn't intervened. If Ervin isn't interested, an equally powerful choice would be North Carolina's progressive hero, Gene Nichol. In either case, we don't need a nominating committee or a long, drawn out process. We need an appointment, not a bunch of drama, and we need it now.
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