Two solid editorials on voting and taxes to start your day

#1 comes from the Charlotte Observer which, in response to the recent decision upholding GOP-drawn legislative districts, makes another strong case for passing nonpartisan redistricting legislation now:

“Legal doesn’t necessarily mean fair, however, and our opinion on redistricting remains the same. The process in North Carolina is flawed and time consuming. It allows the party in power to protect incumbents by drawing districts in a way that dilutes the opposition’s strength. It takes choices away from voters.

That’s what Republicans did in 2011 by packing minorities into a handful of districts – including Rep. Mel Watt’s 12th District – and making surrounding districts more white and friendly to GOP candidates. Republicans also split voting districts – and even split single counties into multiple voting districts – in order to give themselves an electoral advantage….

There’s a better way. A majority of the N.C. House – 40 Democrats and 21 Republicans – is sponsoring a bill that would give the responsibility of district drawing to nonpartisan legislative staff. House Bill 606 also would require that staff to draw compact districts and would forbid the consideration of political criteria in the redistricting process.”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

#2 comes from the Winston-Salem Journal. It takes the state Senate to task for the absurd brand of voodoo economics it employed in its new state revenue projections:

“Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, defended his chamber’s latest tax plan last week, saying there will be plenty of new revenue to sustain state services.

On closer examination, Berger’s numbers look anything but conservative. He’s projecting 4.5-percent annual revenue growth even after cutting taxes so significantly. That’s not a cautious, or conservative, approach to state budgeting. It borders on recklessness.”

Read the entire piece by clicking here.

6 Comments

  1. George Greene

    July 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

    These are NOT good editorials. There is NOTHING legal about the Republican districts.
    And there is NOTHING WRONG with Mel Watt’s 12th EITHER! That district was originally
    drawn BY DEMOCRATS!

  2. Doug

    July 9, 2013 at 10:46 am

    So we want non-partisan redistricting NOW by golly…….now that redistricting does not benefit your cause. And when it becomes “non-partisan” liberals find ways of slipping in people who are just a little less “non-partisan” in their direction. What were you guys advocating for back in the 90′s and early 00′s when the Republicans were saying the same thing?!

    And GG…..the judges who made the decisions…..two of the three are democraps, and one is black. so that kind of takes pretty much all the steam out of the NAALCP arguments right there. They had a stacked deck and could not even get by that. Remarkable….

  3. ML

    July 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Douggy, do you know the 3 judges? I’d say it was 1 dem and 2 repubs but as a dem I feel the decision was correct as applied to the laws. However, in this occasion the law is an ass and yes, do to the fundamental nature of voting rights, politics should not be involved nor should voting rights be restricted.

  4. Doug

    July 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    ML, I know who they were…do you?

    Paul Ridgeway – Wake – Dem
    Alma Hinton – Halifax – Dem
    Joseph Crosswhite – Irredell – Republican

    Just so you know i have the all important source, one instance where the MSM is my friend:

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/08/4154227/nc-three-judge-panel-lets-gop.html

  5. ML

    July 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Trumped by the MSM. Thanks douggy.

  6. Doug

    July 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    No problem.