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Mansfield: Partisan maps segregate communities, makes NC less inclusive (audio)

Many of North Carolina’s incumbent [1] Democrats remain hopeful that the federal courts will overturn the redistricting plans approved by the Republican-controlled legislature last month.

State Senator Eric Mansfield [2] tells N.C. Policy Watch while he actually stands to benefit from the “stacking and packing [3]” in his district, the partisan lines will take North Carolina back to a segment in our history “no one wants to go back to.”

The Cumberland County lawmaker explains how in an effort to redraw District 21 [4] with an African-American majority, Republicans added parts of Hoke County (some 20 miles away) but cut out his neighbor across the street:

“My biggest problem is that we’re now beginning to segregate a community which has done exceptionally well to vote for people they believe in, not based on their race.”

To hear a portion of Sen. Mansfield’s radio interview that aired over the weekend, click below. To hear the rest of News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, visit the Radio Interview section [5] of the N.C. Policy Watch website. There you can listen to the entire show online or subscribe to our podcast feed on iTunes!:

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