Court Gives Half a Loaf: NC Primary Still On
I have no idea what is going to happen in May.
There was supposed to be a set of primaries.
But the Repubs did what good partisan piggies do (and Democ partisan piggies did, and did again this year in Maryland), and redrew the district boundaries.
Here's the hilarious part. The contention of the Democs, and apparently with a straight face, is that the districts are (gasp!) racially gerrymandered! The court decisions let the primaries go forward, but allow the litigation that would invalidate the primaries to go forward, also. Really?
Here is a picture of the NC 12th District. It was explicitly created to draw a fence around all the black people in sight, to ensure a majority minority district. Some places it is no wider than I-85 (hint: no one lives in I-85, so this is just to achieve technical contiguity, without adding any actual people).
That's not a picture of a river, folks. That's a congressional district. Drawn by the Democs in the NCGA, and endorsed by your Dept of Justiciability.
Okay, fair enough: racial gerrymandering is clearly okay. That "map" is drawn to pick up every African-American neighborhood from Durham to Charlotte, a distance of more than 100 miles.
But then why is it okay for the Democs to do egregious racial gerrymandering, and not okay for Repubs to do some political gerrymandering? The reason the Repubs did this is not racial, it's just good ol' partisanship. Blacks tend to vote Democ. If you are going to create Democ districts, it will likely look like racial gerrymandering.
And if you think that racial gerrymandering is bad, you have to start by breaking up the 12th district. If you don't break up the 12th, you are just a partisan demagogue, and you should STFU.