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Editorials blast GOP redistricting dodge

North Carolina Republicans may be doing everything in their power to block and/or delay the enactment of fair and constitutional legislative maps, but no one is fooled by the GOP’s sudden desire to hold lengthy hearings on the matter.

Here’s Raleigh’s News & Observer over the weekend:

With their delays, Republicans are embarrassing themselves and acting against the interest of fair elections, which means their delaying tactics are acting against the interest of North Carolina, that interest being competent, fair representation.

Republicans won the 2010 election and came to power. Why do they seem to believe that although they won fair and square, they cannot maintain power in the same way? If their ideas are as right and popular as they think they are, they should have no hesitation to draw fair districts and stand by their records.

After witnessing Wednesday’s [do-nothing legislative] committee meeting, the leader of N.C. Common Cause who is in the forefront of an effort to develop a nonpartisan-based process for redistricting, wasn’t holding out much hope for a decent plan.

“Cynically, you could say they’ve already got the maps drawn, and this is all a charade,” Bob Phillips said.

Tragically, Phillips’ dark assessment may even be optimistic. If the process remains on its current track, the only winners will be the lawyers who will battle over the next set of bad districts in court.

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