Month: July 2017

GOP mapmaker behind NC’s 2011 maps returns to drawing table – 2017 Reprise

The House Select Committee on Redistricting will meet this Friday to establish criteria for the new maps. The meeting is open to the public and we should be there in an effort to keep racism and partisanship out of the process.

“It will be the prerogative of this committee to determine what the criteria are on the drawing of these maps,” Lewis told a room full of legislators, media and others interested in the redistricting process. “I sincerely hope that the Democrats will engage,” Lewis said. “Help us select the criteria, help us draw these maps.” The meeting led by Lewis and Sen. Ralph Hise, a Mitchell County Republican, came on the eve of a federal court hearing scheduled in a case that has lingered for more than two years. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a ruling of three federal judges who found 28 North Carolina legislative districts were drawn illegally to weaken the overall influence of black voters.

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The League of Dangerous Mapmakers

AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: NORTH CAROLINA’S GERRYMANDERED 2011 ELECTORAL DISTRICTS WERE DRAWN BY TOM HOFELLER, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LEWIS AND SENATOR ROBERT RUCHO. THAT MAP WAS DEEMED RACIALLY GERRYMANDERED AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL. HOFELLER AND LEWIS WILL “CORRECT” IT IN 2017.
“EVERY 10 YEARS, after U.S. census workers have fanned out across the nation, a snowy-haired gentle¬man by the name of Tom Hofeller takes up anew his quest to destroy Democrats.” As the GOP redistricting expert, he will help carve the United States into a jigsaw of disunity.
“Redistricting today has become the most insidious practice in American politics, a way for our elected leaders to entrench themselves in 435 impregnable garrisons from which they can maintain political power while avoiding demographic realities.”
“His chosen field is the nastiest form of politics that there is: Tom Hofeller’s objective is to design wombs for his team and tombs for the other guys.”

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