Senate Redistricting Committee schedules Tedesco/Prickett-preservation bill

Neal HuntAs reported previously here and here, one of the 2013 legislative session’s leading contenders for “Most Shameless Power-Grab Legislation” has to be the proposal by conservative Wake County senators to rig the districts and election schedule for the Wake County School Board.

As we noted last month:  “[the] new bill from Senator Neal Hunt (pictured at left) would change the rules of how school board members are elected in the capital county in a way that is clearly designed to alter the board’s power structure and move things in a conservative direction.” The bill would, in addition to redrawing district lines, extend the terms of conservative members John Tedesco and Deborah Prickett from four years to five.

Now, there’s news this morning that Hunt is still serious about advancing this offensive legislation; the measure has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Redistricting Committee tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building.  



  1. HunterC

    April 16, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Hunt’s bill says, “No election shall be held in 2013 for the Wake County Board of Education”

    Neal Hunt is keeping citizens from having their regular say in the voting process.

    4 of the 9 school board seats are up this year, and Neal Hunt wants to stop citizens from voting on them.

    Shame, shame, shame on him and anyone who supports this bill.

  2. Charles Latner

    April 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Amazing that the Republicans can still claim, with straight faces, to be the “party of localized control and less big government” when they are trying to allow the “big” state govt, the vast majority of whom are not from Wake County, to take over a local domain.

  3. Jack

    April 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Is it me or are the people being denied the vote by conservatives so conservatives can create a government in their own image?

    We’ve got a government telling the people what it’s going to do rather than the other way around. Now, what is it called when a government rules the people? Oh, yeah, now I remember!

  4. gregflynn

    April 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I believe there are some voters who, because of current redistricting, have not voted for school board since 2007 and under this bill will not be able to vote for a school board candidate until 2014 at the earliest.

  5. Doug Gibson

    April 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    We all live in Buncombe County now.

    Buncombe has two senators and three representatives. A single representative and a single senator (both Republicans) introduced and passed legislation last session that 1) created district elections in Buncombe, 2) set those districts to coincide with the newly gerrymandered house districts, and 3) forbade Buncombe County from holding a referendum on district elections for ten years.

    Republicans ended up one seat shy of a majority on the county commission (a seat they lost by less than 100 votes) even though county wide Democratic county commission candidates received over ten thousand votes more.

    Trust me, guys. We’re two years ahead of you in Asheville. The NCGA will be coming for your water next.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    April 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I do not trust you.
    The history of the Democrat party is corruption, corruption,corruption.
    In regards to Warren Wilson College, students crossed School Farm Road with their blankets from Dorland to Sunderland and voted in another district. They wanted to defeat Nathan Ramsey and elect a Democrat Commissioner.This is illegal and now they know it. This open fraud. I hate it for the students. This has nothing to do with student rights but fraud.

  7. Doug Gibson

    April 17, 2013 at 9:33 am


    Touched a nerve there, huh?

    Fortunately for you, I’m pretty sure that comment is inflammatory (you pretty much accused the students and administrators of Warren Wilson—all private citizens—of criminal conspiracy) and off topic. I’m sure a moderator will come along soon and delete it, in accordance with the stated policies of this site.

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