Redistricting

This is something I've been waiting for

If you've followed gerrymandering cases at all, you come face to face with a very weird reality. Our laws generally say it's just fine to discriminate against voters based on any other criteria besides race. So all the convoluted districts designed to achieve political goals by discriminating against members of another political party, for example, have been considered to be just fine. Until now.

Here's the headline from the LA Times: Florida redistricting illegally favors Republicans.

A Florida judge ruled the state's congressional district map invalid Thursday night, saying it violates constitutional provisions that require fair districts and instead favors Republicans.

NC Libertarians support non-partisan redistricting

Press release from the Libertarian Party of North Carolina

RALEIGH (April 15) - Adding a plank supporting an independent, non-partisan redistricting process was one of the changes made to the platform at the Libertarian Party of North Carolina state convention held April 4-5 in Durham.

Libertarians also adopted a plank calling for proportional representation for the state legislature.

This ain't no democracy

Thomas Mills writes today about the toxic impacts of partisan redistricting, something that BlueNC has challenged for ten years now. It was wrong when Democrats did it back in the day, and it's wrong now that Republicans are doing it.

But even more damnable than the parties who put this terrible practice into place are the courts and the Boards of Elections that have allowed it to stand.

Just so you understand, we have in America a system for managing elections that allows for blatant discrimination against people based on which party they belong to, who their friends are, what nationality they are, what neighborhoods they live in, how old they are, and more. The only thing we can't discriminate on is race, and even that rule has been undermined by recent court rulings.

Excellent summary of all things redistricting

If you're following the litigation around redistricting, you'll want to bookmark this excellent report from NC Policy Watch. Read the whole thing.

California dreaming

One small step for democracy.

Lawmakers came into office this year representing districts whose lines were drawn by a nonpartisan commission, rather than under the more calculating eye of political leaders. This is the first Legislature chosen under a nonpartisan election system where the top-two finishers in a primary run against each other, without party affiliations, an effort to prod candidates to appeal to a wider ideological swath of the electorate.

It may not be a perfect solution, but it's more perfect that the corrupt system we have here in North Carolina.

Redistricting: NAACP files appeal to State Supreme Court

Redistricting: NAACP files appeal to State Supreme Court

Their notice of appeal comes two weeks after a panel of three Superior Court judges validated the legislative and congressional districts intended to be used through the 2020 elections. They had 30 days to decide whether to appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court.

The NAACP, Democrats and voter-rights organizations challenging the maps argue that they are racial gerrymanders designed to weaken the influence of black voters.

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:

Restore North Carolina

Each of us brings a unique perspective to the immoral behavior in the General Assembly today. In my view, there is only one path forward that would restore integrity to the government in our state.

Redistricting litigation update

The case is going to trial, as we all knew it would. Republican apologists so far have only one thing to say:

Nanny nanny boo boo. Mean old Democrats cheated for decades and now that we're in charge, we're going to cheat too.

How can it be that we live in a state where so many people have such little respect for law and morality? Gerrymandering was wrong when Democrats did it, and it's wrong now. Any elected official who doesn't understand that should be driven from the legislature like Jesus drove money lenders from the temple.

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