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Simple solutions department: How lawmakers ought to respond to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling

The lead editorial in this morning’s Greensboro News & Record offers a simple and logical solution for state lawmakers as they ponder yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on redistricting: end partisan gerrymandering now.

As the N&R editorial concludes:

“While justices argue among themselves, the rest of us can hope Monday’s ruling will lead to fairer elections. Politically, North Carolina is a closely divided state. Yet, not one of the 13 U.S. House races last year was competitive. The districts are stacked — 10 favoring Republicans and three heavily tilted for Democrats. The court’s majority found the legislature used race as the primary factor in creating two of those districts. It also recognized the link between race and partisan politics.

Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC, a plaintiff in the case coming up, believes the court fashioned a legal bridge. ‘Partisan gerrymandering is just as wrong as racial gerrymandering,’ he said Monday. His group supports nonpartisan redistricting. It’s past time to give that a try.

Amen. To learn more about the fight Phillips and his friends are waging, check out http://endgerrymanderingnow.org/.

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