RALEIGH – After a judicial panel again tossed out district maps, this time state legislative maps on account of ‘partisan bias,’ the panel ordered the General Assembly to produce new maps in about two weeks. Part of the order also dictated that the meetings be broadcast publicly to achieve full transparency in the process.
So, the N.C. Senate is live streaming meetings of its Redistricting Committee for the public’s viewing pleasure. If you think this would be akin to watching paint dry; you’d be right, most of the time.
The live stream does more than give the public the chance to learn first hand that Republicans are not wringing their hands with wry smiles across their faces as they gleefully disenfranchise minority voters, as Democrats would have you think. It also presents an opportunity to witness gems from Democrats, such as Senator Dan Blue’s suggestion Monday that Democrats don’t have to abide by the gerrymandering court orders because they are not named in them.
So with out further adieu, we present the N.C. Senate Redistricting Committee Live Stream: