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Senate Redistricting Committee launches predictable power grabs in Wake, Guilford

redistricting_mapWell, that didn’t take long. When Democrats swept the Wake County Board of Commissioners in last fall’s election, more than one wag opined that it wouldn’t take long before the GOP-dominated General Assembly would find a way to abolish the Board.

Things haven’t gone that far…yet. But as we’ve found out in the last 48 hours, conservative leaders in the state Senate have no plans to be shy in altering local election results that displease them.

On Thursday, the Senate  Redistricting Committee examined a pair of bills to alter the way voters elect county commissioners in Wake County and city council members in Greensboro. The Wake County bill was considered just a day after it was introduced.

Let’s hope the overwhelmingly negative response the bills have spurred from the public cause the senators to think twice. As the Greensboro News & Record noted in an editorial blasting the bill impacting Greensboro yesterday, even Gov. McCrory is sending signal that the bills go too far:

“The idea that the state should dictate Greensboro’s local governing structure contradicts the leeway granted by law to all other cities and counties.

While not referring specifically to Wade’s proposal, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory expressed an important principle Tuesday:

‘Let me put it this way: As governor I constantly have to fight Washington not to interfere. I think the same philosophy applies to Raleigh interfering with local governments.’

Members of the Senate Redistricting Committee, most of them Republicans and none of whom represents any part of Guilford County, should keep that principle in mind when Wade asks them to approve her bill today.”

Unfortunately, if past performance is any indication, Senate conservatives have little interest in principle when it comes to redistricting (or the Governor when it comes to just about anything).

The Committee plans to vote on the matters next Tuesday. It’s unclear at this point whether additional public testimony will be allowed. For Wake County residents, the legislative delegation from Wake will apparently have an open meeting on Monday at 3:00 pm in Room 1124 of the Legislative Building.

6 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    March 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

    You guys know how this goes. You loved for 140 years and even invented the process, so I don’t understand why the hysterics now. Power must be consolidated and turnabout is certainly fair play.

  2. david esmay

    March 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    LSD, you are truly insane if you think the legislature has any business dictating local elections and their outcomes. “Power must be consolidated”, what the hell does that even mean? It sounds like a missive from Mao’s “little red book”.

  3. Art Wilson

    March 7, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    In1973 Wake County residents rejected by 3/1 a proposed merger of Raleigh & Wake county schools. In 1976 Democrat state legislature legislated the merger whether Wake county residents liked it or not. Where do Democrats get off blasting Republican like they are the only ones who interfere with local politics? They have been doing it for 140 years!

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    March 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Ooooo….Art producing a burn on May may. I find it fascinating that the democraps will forget that they taught politics like this for 140+ years…and now expect that it should not happen.

  5. Spatula

    March 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    LTSD has a point. Nothing short of full retribution for past policies will set things straight. Republicans can have 140 years of government but first, if we really want to set things straight, white people should be enslaved by blacks for 245 years. Turnabout is fairplay.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    March 11, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    How do you get 245 years. 1863-1776 equals 87, before that you have to go to England for the reparations. When you take into account the welfare state beginning in the early 1960’s we have already been enslaved by blacks 55 years. Are you saying we only have 33 years of that devastation left?

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