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The hard and simple truth about the latest gerrymandered legislative maps

Raleigh politicos are all a dither today about the latest legislative maps proposed by Republican lawmakers and how they impact various incumbents. Unfortunately, here’s the plain and simple truth about this new proposal: It’s still fatally flawed because it’s still a blatant partisan gerrymander.

As Bob Phillips (pictured at left) of the nonpartisan government watchdog group told Raleigh’s News & Observer yesterday:

“North Carolina lawmakers had a golden opportunity this month to adopt fair, nonpartisan standards for drawing new legislative voting districts. Instead, they opted for politics as usual, keeping partisanship at the core of a deeply flawed redistricting process,” Phillips wrote in a post on the organization’s website. “…We the people deserve better. We deserve fairness, rather than partisan political games, on something as important as the creation of our congressional and legislative districts.”

Amen.

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