Opinion Roundup: Congressional redistricting

Posted September 6, 2016

Independent congressional redistricting simulation map developed by nonpartisan panel of jurists brought together by Duke University and Common Cause North Carolina.

For better districts (Greensboro News & Record) -- Who can remember when Guilford County was part of a toss-up congressional district? Probably not many.

A fair and sensible election map is possible (Wilmington Star-News) -- Duke University and the advocacy group Common Cause recently ran a fascinating experiment. They assembled a panel of 10 retired state judges and Supreme Court justices, five Republicans, five Democrats.

'Media stunt' pressures leaders to purge politics from maps (Fayetteville Observer column) -- Two of the state's top legislators, Republican Rep. David Lewis and Republican Sen. Bob Rucho, said it was a "media stunt" when a group of 10 retired judges took part in an effort over the spring and summer intended to make them look bad. Lewis and Rucho are correct. It was a media stunt. It's going to take more such stunts to pressure the Democratic-Republican oligarchy that controls North Carolina to put the people ahead of the oligarchs' craving for political power.


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