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Berger’s hypocrisy on redistricting reform continues

Sen. Phil Berger

Sen. Phil Berger

This week’s Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed the constitutionality of allowing independent commissions to draw congressional districts prompted Charlotte Observer reporter Jim Morrill to ask Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger about legislation sponsored by a majority of the House that would create a nonpartisan redistricting process in North Carolina.

Still not a good idea? Berger thought it was a fine idea when he was in the minority in the General Assembly. He co-sponsored redistricting reform five times, most recently in the 2009-2010 session.

The only thing consistent is his hypocrisy.

3 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    June 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    How about we take up the flag on this issue as the most important one if the democrat party ever gets in power again. As far as I am concerned, this would be the best thing a democrat NCGA and/or governor could do for our state. I am sure they would make it on the up and up and not favor one party over the other when choosing members to be on a commission.

  2. Susan

    June 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    The only positive thing I can say about Berger is that the many laws he dearly supports are one by one being found to be illegal at the Supreme Court level.
    Berger and the rest of the newly elected republican house members, senate members and the powerless Governor have all acted like a bunch of spoiled children fighting over a toy. By the time they finish the budget the toy which is NC will be broken.
    I have never voted a straight ticket in an election but after watching this bunch of clowns I do not think I will ever vote for another Republican. This actually makes me sad because I will not even go for the Bush hat trick by voting for Jeb Bush who I do admire:-(
    NO MORE REPUBLICANS state or federal.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    July 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Last I checked, Berger was not newly elected.

    Also, it is good to have debate and opposition within and between the branches. That way more people are heard and you produce something better than when Black and Basnight used to huddle in a room and spring out with a poor budget that was not allowed to be debated.

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