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.
"Let's turn the corner," said Mike Jennings of Cary. "My children, my grandchildren, are depending on you to keep this a democracy that works for everyone." [LWV-Wake member Mike Jennings is quoted in this article.]
"Voters are tired of politics as usual. We want our legislators to stop gerrymandering and end the practice of politicians hand-picking their voters. We simply want fair and impartial maps." [This WRAL-TV news segment includes LWV-Wake member Dianna Wynn.]
Throughout a legislative redistricting committee meeting on Friday, people pleading for legislators to take the partisanship out of map drawing questioned whether new district lines had been drawn to meet a court order but not yet revealed to the public. [This article quotes LWV-Wake member Jan Ramquist.]
It is difficult to understand how anyone, particularly policy-makers charged with safeguarding the public welfare, could fail to make the connections between dirty air and polluted water and the health and welfare of the public, including their own families.
Unfortunately, after addressing the needs of hurricane victims, the NCGA convened an additional special session and filed 28 surprise bills addressing a wide range of issues.
The League of Women Voters and a dozen Democratic voters filed their case in federal court challenging the North Carolina congressional district plan drawn in a special legislative session earlier this year.