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Piedmont to win, rural areas lose in NC remapping

Posted March 7, 2011

— Republicans in charge of redrawing North Carolina legislative districts will set boundaries with an eye to the Piedmont .

Population data from the U.S. Census Bureau last week show the Charlotte and Raleigh areas are likely to receive more representation in the state House and Senate beginning with the 2012 elections.

The suburban counties next to Mecklenburg and Wake counties that have become bedroom communities to the state's two largest cities will also get more lawmakers. Rural areas in the mountains and the east will likely see representation erode because their growth hasn't kept up.

GOP leaders want to complete maps for the Legislature and North Carolina's congressional districts by May 15.

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  • ncsuecu Mar 8, 2011

    Just look at that gerrymandering map....Unreal! Go home legislators, save the taxpayers dollars!

  • hp277 Mar 8, 2011

    I also hope to see highway money directed to areas where it is really needed - the areas with the most growth in the Triangle and Charlotte areas.

    We don't need to be building 4 lane hihways to nowhere and loops around little towns like Oxford while the growing areas choke on traffic.

  • discowhale Mar 7, 2011

    Captain Mercury,
    so what you're asking for is what NON-Democrats have NOT gotten in NC for over 100 years? And I'm not a newcomer complainer here. Lifelong NC voter, it's the only place I've ever voted, and as a conservative southerner I'm glad the old guard was voted out.

    That mandatory eye exam law they toyed with is proof that those elected were only in it for themselves!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 7, 2011

    "Let's just hope the Repubs will take the high road and stop all the gerrymandering we've been used to when district boundaries are drawn.

    I know. It just a dream.

    We now return you to your normal political shenanigans!

    Capt Mercury"

    Typical comment from Democrats who are trying to maintain control eventhough the people of North Carolina voted in a Republican controlled House and Senate.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 7, 2011

    The 13th US House District is a classic lesson in gerrymandering.

    It was an unconstitutional creation by Brad Miller when he was a NC Senator to get a bullet proof district.

    He made the district a majority of rural Democrat counties along the Virgina border plus Republican areas in Greensboro, Burlington and Raleigh to neutralize the effect of the republican voters.

    It makes no sense for North Raleigh to be in the same district as Greensboro when there are three other districts in the Raleigh area.

  • Capt Mercury Mar 7, 2011

    Let's just hope the Repubs will take the high road and stop all the gerrymandering we've been used to when district boundaries are drawn.

    I know. It just a dream.

    We now return you to your normal political shenanigans!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 7, 2011

    Finally, the areas that pay the majority of taxes will have proper representation. No longer will old school Democrats from rural areas down east have control of the state government.

    First on the agenda should be sharing highway funds based on population and not the convoluted formula that allows small counties down east to get more than their fair share of state highway funds.

    We need to start fixing the infrastructure in the populated areas and quit building 4 lane highways to nowhere down east.

    We need to end the toll road experiment and shift highway funds from small unpopulated counties to finish NC-540 around Raleigh without tolls.

  • pbjbeach Mar 7, 2011

    What are you talking about in this blog anyway there has never been good represention in the eastern part of north carolina an most particular in the northeastern section of the sate an an with the repbulicans in control the people of this region can't even get or have a meeting with theri state or national repsresentives over the issues that concern them such as waste fruad an abuse within the states government an the wasteful spending an the tax breaks an the tax incentive give aways to the coporte instrest thank you