redistricting bill

Most people think that the idea of redistricting is one that has no bearing on most of our daily lives and only really impacts a small group of people. However, our guests today would argue that we are facing our third week of government shutdown because of the way many of our US Congressional seats have been redistricted and that as a result, the people who hold office in certain districts can act without a fear of not getting re-elected because of the way their district borders have been re-drawn. Our panel will talk about what redistricting is and about how to do it in a way that is fair to everyone, and what a bi-partisan group of people in North Carolina is doing to try and make what they call "fair redistricting" a law.

GOP Legislative Boundaries Upheld

Jul 8, 2013

A three-judge state panel has ruled unanimously in favor of legislative and congressional district boundaries drawn by North Carolina Republicans in 2011. Democratic voters and civil rights groups sued, arguing the lines were racially biased.  The Superior Court judges ruled today that the boundaries do not impair the constitutional rights of North Carolina citizens.

Republican Senator Bob Rucho of Matthews led the redistricting effort. He says the GOP's goal was strictly to follow the law in drawing the boundaries.

More than half of the North Carolina House has signed on to legislation that aims to remove politics from the redistricting process.  Supporters want to get the bill passed, while neither Democrats nor Republicans know who will be in charge when the process starts again in 2020.