On February 14th The News Fix published a story linked here:
This article was in response to the liberal three judge panel that ruled the 2011 NC US Congressional District redistricting maps unconstitutional and ordered the NC General Assembly redraw them by February 19th (of course to their liking). Their chief complaint was that there was racial gerrymandering of at least three(3) Congressional Districts. The NC General Assembly has always held that the Districts were drawn for political advantages but race was never a factor.
The new map was drawn and submitted as shown in this local news article:
Which brings to the point of this article.
The press and general public have been led the public to believe this map is the “final deal”. The truth is … it may be or may not be. The map is still subject to review by the lower court who propagated this wild goose chase.
We have perused the major newspapers in the State and not one of them makes this point clear. Well there was one that mentioned it but we had to go to Chicago to find it…. HERE.
One thing is certain, since the US Supreme Court denied a stay allowing North Carolina to proceed with the March 15th primaries as intended, there will be a later primary for the US Congressional races. That date has been set for June 7th.
What the news outlets are not telling the electorate (for whatever reason) is:
- These liberal judges have cost to the taxpayers a cool $9 million by forcing North Carolina to add the June Congressional Primary.
- The current Congressional Candidates must refile which allows others to enter those races after these candidates have spent months campaigning.
- The lower court may approve the maps as drawn or send the maps back for changes.
- The lower court may reject the NCGA version as drawn and attempt to draw their own lines. Scary proposition…. Let’s hope this is not the case.
At this point in the process we can not assume this map is final. We believe this is a good District map. It keeps precincts and most counties intact and whole. In fact there are only thirteen(13) counties that are split. We think the NCGA did an outstanding job complying with this untimely request and applying common sense to drawing these boundaries.
One can only hope the lower court will accept these maps as drawn and let us move on with our election process. They have already caused enough confusion and cost North Carolina taxpayers enough money.