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Expert: New map is just the latest byproduct of NC’s “disastrous and disorganized” system

If you want to understand how absurd North Carolina’s gerrymandering debacle has gotten check out a pair of news articles.

As Think Progress reported here, House redistricting boss David Lewis publicly admitted that the new maps are a political gerrymander:

“Our intent is to use the political data we have to our partisan advantage,” Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) told the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting on Tuesday. “I acknowledge freely that this would be a political gerrymander which is not against the law.”

Meanwhile, as WRAL.com reported here, nonpartisan experts are dismissing the new maps as absurd:

Mark Nance, an assistant professor in North Carolina State University’s School of Public and International Affairs, said North Carolina perpetually ranks first or second worst in the nation for gerrymandering.

“This is the result of a fairly disastrous and disorganized system of redistricting that’s been in place for way too many years here in North Carolina,” Nance said Wednesday.

How’s that for a “quick fix” after our congressional maps were struck down and declared constitutional? An admitted political gerrymander that’s dismissed by an expert as “disastrous and disorganized.”

All in all, it sounds like another week of business as usual in North Carolina’s right-wing General Assembly.

One Comment


  1. happyjack27

    February 19, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This is what a non-gerrymandered North Carolna would look like: http://autoredistrict.org/congress_samples/NC/stats.html

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