NC group: Panel, not lawmakers, should draw districts

Posted May 29, 2012

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— People who want to take the politics out of the process of drawing congressional and legislative districts every decade pushed their plans at the State Capitol Tuesday.

The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform wants the state Senate to pass legislation that would have the General Assembly's non-partisan professional staff, instead of lawmakers, redraw legislative and congressional districts.

Speakers who urged passage of the bill Tuesday included former state GOP chairman William Cobey, UNC law professor Gene Nichol, Rev. Earl Johnson, chairman of the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association, and Richard Harkrader, CEO of Durham-based Carolina Solar Energy.

The state House approved the measure 88-27 last year. The bill is sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans.

The bill would direct the General Assembly's Legislative Service Office to draw the maps behind closed doors without partisan influence and following certain redistricting principles. Lawmakers could take over the process if they reject the first three plans.

That method is based on a procedure that the state of Iowa has used for four redistricting rounds.


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  • geosol May 29, 2012

    This is a good idea, of course, and our little right wing friends will be singing a different tune very shortly when their current behaviour results in them being the minority party once again. Then they will be whining a MUCH different tune. Be patient, good people.

  • bill0 May 29, 2012

    "We already HAVE lines drawn up. It's called "counties". Pick a few. Drawing maps outside existing lines has and always will be a way to dienfranchise voters."

    Math fail. The congressional lines need to have the same number of voters in each district. Wake county alone has WAY more voters than are allowed to be in a district and must be split under any plan.

  • forautumn May 29, 2012

    So, after 100 years of complaining about D's drawing the lines and proposing that a bipartisan panel do it, the R's now just want to do the same thing.

    Typical...just sooooooooo typical.

    Should be a real eye opener for the "conservatives" who said things would change.


  • fatchanceson May 29, 2012

    Ha hahahha ah.... So... after 100+ years of dems drawing the lines, they want to compain about rep drawing the lines... typical... just soooooo typical....

  • MakoII May 29, 2012

    We already HAVE lines drawn up. It's called "counties". Pick a few. Drawing maps outside existing lines has and always will be a way to dienfranchise voters.

  • dwntwnboy May 29, 2012

    "homosexuals in the military"- oh no!!! Those horrible gays want to put THEIR lives on the line for YOUR rights and freedoms. Would you be so brave as to insult them to their face? ANY person willing to put on the uniform and lay down their lives for the rest of us, they deserve our respect- no matter whom they love when off duty.

  • BP May 29, 2012

    An unelected group that operates behind closed doors? Brilliant idea. NOT!

  • bombayrunner May 29, 2012

    You wanted change, you got it.

  • ncouterbanks69 May 29, 2012

    I love it when the far right keep imagining that two wrongs equals a right.......cannot they grasp that it was wrong when the DEMs did it and its wrong now?

    LOL....typical. So I am guessing by your comments IF you were a citizen and had lived here for a decade or so you would not have wanted the libs to draw the maps??? rriiiiiigggghhhhhttttt. BTW two wrongs do not equal a right is one of the largest myths out there. It is used as an excuse just like your other liberal phrases bigot etc.

  • forautumn May 29, 2012

    "Love it. DEMS drew them for 150 years, NOW, they are whining"

    Love it...the conservatives whined about it for 150 years, now THEY ARE DOING THE SAME THING.

    More common sense folks can see the difference....only the ignorant partisan folks see this as something to celebrate.