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Editorial: End gerrymandering now

Posted By Rob Schofield On March 11, 2014 @ 8:10 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

This morning’s Wilmington Star-News [1]makes the case yet again for doing away with North Carolina’s absurdly gerrymandered political maps and the embarrassingly partisan process that gave rise to them.

“When they rode into office in the 2010 elections, Republicans pledged to govern differently than their Democratic counterparts. If by different they meant that a different party would be employing the same old political tactics to retain power and shut out the minority, then yes, it’s different.

But it does not serve the voters, and that is who the system is supposed to represent. The voters – remember them?

There’s a better way, but Honorables of both parties have resisted. A truly bipartisan coalition is pushing for an independent redistricting commission to help reduce the influence of politics on the redistricting process. There is no way to eliminate it entirely, but we can at least remove the process one step from politicians who have a vested career interest in drawing districts that allow them, in effect, to choose their own electorate.”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here [1].


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[1] This morning’s Wilmington Star-News : http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140310/ARTICLES/140319954/1108/editorial?p=2&tc=pg

[2] Is help on redistricting coming from the U.S. Supreme Court? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/22/is-help-on-redistricting-coming-from-the-u-s-supreme-court/

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