" . . . there was a comment made by Sen. Ralph Hise in which he characterized public comments as little more than cut-and-paste astroturf emanating from certain organizations. I found this kind of attitude disrespectful to those of us who take the time to be informed, to attend hearings and to offer our concerns and comments."
Dianna Wynn, representing the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization, was only slightly less blunt in her statement before the House Judicial Redistricting Committee on September 27. Wynn called for the initiation of an in-depth study of judicial redistricting that would take into account “impartial data” such as population size and density, the nature and size of caseloads, and any applicable requirements of the Voting Rights Act.
“We believe that partisan data, such as previous election results or voters’ party affiliations, is irrelevant to any process aimed at maintaining an independent judiciary,” Wynn told the Commission. “Judicial maps should never be motivated by partisan politics, unnecessarily rushed, or largely drawn behind closed doors.”
The League of Women Voters of Wake County sponsored and moderated a Knightdale Candidate Forum on October 5, 2017. The forum was filmed and broadcast by East Wake TV. Watch forum at http://www.ewtv.org/?playlistVideoId=5599962832001.
"Proposal to overhaul maps shifts urban-rural equation” (Sept. 29) shows yet another maneuver of our State Legislature to control North Carolina’s judicial branch of government.
WRAL filmed the Raleigh Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wake County. Watch video of the entire event at http://www.wral.com/news/video/16981051/.
The video that accompanies the story includes LWV-Wake members Dianna Wynn, Cheryl Tung, and Jenny Kotora-Lynch presenting remarks to the NC House Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting.
As NC Policy Watch reporter Melissa Boughton has detailed at great length in recent months, conservative efforts to transform the North Carolina court system from an independent branch of government into one that is partisan and subservient to the Republican leadership of the General Assembly continue apace.
A court-ordered redesign of North Carolina General Assembly districts would give Republicans a big and ingrained advantage to keep their veto-proof legislative majorities, a nonprofit legal watchdog group said Tuesday.
Calling proposed legislative district maps and the process used to draw them a sham, hundreds of North Carolina residents slammed state lawmakers Tuesday, saying they need to start over in trying to replace voting maps federal courts have deemed illegal.
News & Observer, August 12, 2017 - Last August (2016), a three-judge panel decision ordered the North Carolina General Assembly to redraw district maps because the current ones were found to be drawn with “surgical precision” related to race.