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NC Redistricting Hearings - SHAM(eful)

Last Tuesday night I attended the Re-districting hearing at Caldwell Community College. There was a good turnout at this gathering.

The General Assembly did its job well. They dragged their feet, ignored HB200 (non-partisan redistricting), failed to provide information on how (or what) data was used in making their districts, scheduled simultaneous hearings to be broadcast to each of seven sites, etc. Bottom line, the technology was bad, the information was not well disseminated, and the evening started at 4:00, when many people who had an interest would still be at work.

The technology was a problem, too. In our group we had no microphone, so when the noises from the faulty technology were blasting through our room, we couldn't hear some of our speakers.

As near as I can tell, the General Assembly, met in secret and devised districts with a paid hack that insure their continued dominance in our legislative bodies. So, whatever has changed ... has been modest at best. This meeting was a sham.


In this State 39% of the registered voters are Democrats. 30% are Republicans. AND 30% are unaffiliated. To his credit, Chuck McGrady (R) and the bi-partisan support of HB200, would fundamentally change the way re-districting is done. I don't care for all of its provisions, but its heart is in the right place. Ultimately it would stop protecting incumbency and could return the power to the people.


People, including myself, are sick of the acrimony between the Parties. HB200 could bring a new sense of bi-partisanship to governance and create elections that are actually competitive and therefore issues based.


Bossert for State Senate
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