NC lawmakers to hear from public on Congress lines

Posted July 7, 2011

— The Republican authors of proposed North Carolina congressional districts are sure to hear criticism at public hearings on boundaries that likely would give GOP candidates a leg up for the next decade.

State House and Senate members were scheduled to take comments Thursday at nine hearing sites from Wilmington to Cullowhee on the draft drawings for 13 U.S. House seats.

The map is being adjusted to reflect a population increase of 1.5 million people in the state since 2000.

Wake County residents can weigh in on the new map from 3 to 9 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

The Republican proposal would increase GOP voter registration percentages in four districts currently represented by Democrats.

Other Democratic incumbents already have accused Republicans of packing majority black districts to help Republicans in surrounding areas.

GOP state lawmakers took heat two weeks ago for boundaries for more than 30 General Assembly districts.


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  • SARCASTICLES Jul 7, 2011

    Liberals? REALLY? I bet you don't call folks you don't know names that you can't define....in person. I've noticed that....they always clam up in a face-to-face argument...all mouthy UNTIL the facts come out. Then they turn tail and run like the seditious, America-Hatin' cowards they are. ;)

  • godnessgracious2 Jul 7, 2011

    And what do you think the liberals have done for the last 100 yrs

    This state has done fabulously well the past 100 years, I have no idea what you are talking about. This is a great state to live and work, and as long as we kick out the polluters and profitteers it will be a great state in 100 years from now.

  • miketroll3572 Jul 7, 2011

    We did, but it was Republicans whining at that time. Coem to think of it tehy are in power and they are still whining and crying most of the time. curious.

    And thats why this state is in the sorry shape its in, and all because of you liberals.

  • miketroll3572 Jul 7, 2011

    And what do you think the liberals have done for the last 100 yrs. What a bunch of hypocrites.

  • 5Rs Jul 7, 2011

    "This is real simple, districts need to follow county lines." - Patrick85

    Since each district must have roughly equivalent population, then keeping Mecklenburg or Wake in one district would create geographic disparities for other districts. Not so simple.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jul 7, 2011

    Minorities should not be considered a factor in setting voting blocks. You divide the number of eligible voters by the number of representatives we're allowed to have, and then you draw the lines in compact a manner as possible so that the representatives people are voting for actually knows who he's being sent to serve. Requiring minority provisions is about one thing - buying votes. It's not representative of our Constitution.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jul 7, 2011

    Since the number of Congressmen we are allowed to have represent us is based on population, the only fair way to set the districting lines is according to population block. If counties overlap, so be it. The Congressperson needs to come from the district being represented. No more lines like that enjoyed by Brad Miller, Etheridge and other Democrats where the lines were set up to ensure that their candidates were virtually assured to win. The way the state was carved up in the past was in no way indicative of the values and will of the majority of North Carolinians.

  • 5Rs Jul 7, 2011

    With Brad Miller and David Price in the same district, mayber we could get rid of one of them. One can only hope.

  • 5Rs Jul 7, 2011

    "elections DO have consequences" = SARC

    Yeah, the voters realized putting in the regime of 2008 created more oppression than any in memory, and so they neutralized the Dems in 2010. Now the Republicans are trying to reign in the spending while Obama is trying to load us up with more taxes.

  • handbasket Jul 7, 2011

    Way to go NCGA Committee members! I sure hope this passes. My district wants to get rid of that worthless Rep. David Price aka Pelosi's YES man!