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Republicans say their proposed new congressional district lines will be released Friday and rumors persist that the likely partisan gerrymandering will put some Democratic incumbents in the same districts and create other districts that current Democratic members of Congress will find impossible to win.
That’s a far cry from the fair districts the Republicans promised and of course violates the spirit of the independent redistricting process that Republicans clamored so loudly for when they were in the minority.
A story in the Mountain Express in Asheville seems to indicate that Democrat Heath Shuler doesn’t think his district will fare too well.
Shuler is reportedly considering the athletic director’s job at the University of Tennessee, where he was a star quarterback 20 years ago.