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GOP to release electoral maps ahead of redistricting session

Posted July 10, 2011
Updated July 11, 2011

— State legislators were expected to release the final set of electoral district maps for the House and Senate Tuesday, in anticipation of the special redistricting session, which gets underway Wednesday.

Republican-backed maps, drafts of which were up for public comment last week, are drawing a great deal of praise and criticism from communities across the state.

"A lot of what people will be talking about in the very first day and couple days of the session is... what does my district look like and what do these maps mean?" Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, said Sunday.

The maps were due to be released Monday, but Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, co-chairman of the redistricting committee, said the panel was making some last-minute adjustments to reflect public feedback received last week.

Republicans say their draft map of the state's 13 U.S. House districts will balance the electoral scales in a two-party state.

Opponents, however, are accusing Republicans of gerrymandering and called the draft map "illegal," charging that it clusters black voters into two Democratic-leaning districts.

Rev. William Barber, who heads the state chapter of the NAACP,  threatened litigation at the statewide meeting Thursday if Republicans move forward with their proposed map, calling it "regressive" and "backward."

Republicans only need a majority vote to pass their maps, which they can gain without Democratic support. The governor cannot veto redistricting bills.

"What we are shooting for is to have redistricting maps that are fair and legal," said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake. Lawmakers gear up for special redistricting session Lawmakers gear up for special redistricting session

Lawmakers also plan to take another look at bills that were vetoed by the governor for potential overrides. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Friday that he plans to consider an override on six vetoed bills, including measures on medical malpractice, offshore drilling, regulatory reform and unemployment law changes.

"The Senate said that it would take up the Senate bills that have been vetoed and do its overrides early because, as you know, the Senate has the votes to do its overrides," Ross said. "It's in the House where the votes are questionable."

Dollar said Republicans will reach across the aisle to Gov. Beverly Perdue in an attempt to work together "to get North Carolina's economy back on track."

A public hearing on the redistricting maps is scheduled for July 18.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 12, 10:07 a.m.

    Reverend Barber and the NAACP are the attack dogs for the Democrats.

    They are using him to play the so called "race card" about the redistricting.

    It's the only card the Democrats have to play since they were voted out of power in 2010.

    The NAACP should lose it's tax exempt status since it's engaged in partisan politics.

  • beachboater Jul 12, 9:10 a.m.

    "Rev. William Barber, who heads the state chapter of the NAACP, threatened litigation at the statewide meeting Thursday if Republicans move forward with their proposed map, calling it "regressive" and "backward.""

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa....... Who couldn't see that coming.

    What the Reverend William Barber NOT sue about?

    Note to GOLO censors - Why don't you put "Rev. William Barber" in your unacceptable language file. Why does WRAL keep giving this racist face time and print inches?

  • SARCASTICLES Jul 11, 7:59 p.m.

    Far Right? You BETcha! ;)

  • unc70 Jul 11, 7:59 p.m.

    To learn about redistricting in NC, start with this GA Redistricting Guide. It gives the governing laws, regulations, court orders, and some of their respective histories.

    http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gis/randr07/Maps_Reports/2011RedistrictingGuide.pdf

    For those who can only repeat "100 years of Dem rule", etc. you need a history lesson.

    1. The Repubs who elected my relative Gov Russell, with Populists, were Blacks and a few Reformers/Liberals. NC Repubs came from Dixiecrats.

    2, Repub majority in NC House during sessions in 1990's when NC-12 adopted (protected incumbent R Reps) Bush DOJ & SC seemed to require 2nd minority majority district. Repub plan to put most AA, other Dems in few "Race" dist supermajorities, electing more Repubs elsewhere.

    3. GOP & individs (e.g. Art Pope) filed lawsuits in 1990 & 2000 cycles, NC & Fed. Courts and DOJ mostly Repub. 2002 maps by Judge Knox.

  • 4Strikes Jul 11, 3:58 p.m.

    "I have no beef with the radicals drawing the lines. They won election this time, and have that right. But it really doesn't matter how they draw them. They have messed things up so badly, they will be out again in '12. Farewell to Tullis, Stram and the rest of the republican clowns. They will join all those they put in the unemployment line." Mr. Middle of the Road

    Middle of the road huh? Sure

  • computer trainer Jul 11, 3:53 p.m.

    REP Darren Jackson is holding a Town Hall meeting in Knightdale on Tuesday Night at 7 PM. I hope that all of you who he is "suppose" to represent show up to ask him questions!! I know that I have a few for him. Voter ID is one of them.

  • computer trainer Jul 11, 3:49 p.m.

    For over 100 years, the Dems have had their way. Now, when the REPs have the say, the DEMs are going to pitch a fit. Just like a bunch of whiners.

  • computer trainer Jul 11, 3:42 p.m.

    Rev. William Barber, who heads the state chapter of the NAACP, threatens litigation as soon as he finishes off the local KFC.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jul 11, 3:26 p.m.

    I have no beef with the radicals drawing the lines. They won election this time, and have that right. But it really doesn't matter how they draw them. They have messed things up so badly, they will be out again in '12. Farewell to Tullis, Stram and the rest of the republican clowns. They will join all those they put in the unemployment line.

  • bill0 Jul 11, 2:23 p.m.

    "Until the Voters Rights Act which inserted the race into the process, it will be impossible to draw districts that aren't gerrymandered."

    The Voter Rights Act didn't insert race into redistricting. White racists in the south really were purposely drawing districts to minimize the chances of a black person getting elected. That is what made it necessary for there to be a law about it. You can argue about whether we should STILL have a law like that on the books, but the origin of the problem isn't up for debate.

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