RALEIGH – As advertised the N.C. General Assembly conducted a public, transparent, deliberative, and expeditious redistricting process in response to a court ordered redraw of Congressional Districts. The General Assembly gave the final approving votes, along party lines, to the modified maps Friday. Right on cue, national Democratic groups vowed to challenge the new maps in court again.
(Now, this is different than the state legislative maps for the N.C. House and Senate, which were given the final stamp of approval via the N.C. Supreme Court’s inaction on Friday. Confusion is common due to the sheer number of lawsuits Democrats have weaponized for political purposes.)
Ostensibly, the passage of the revised maps eliminates the risk of delaying March congressional primaries. It does however create dislocations that are sure to mix up the congressional delegation in one way or another toward Democrats as per design. The changes have rippled through to change the landscape for incumbent Republicans. The 2nd District, for instance, gets quite a bit more blue for Republican incumbent Rep. George Holding; Rep. Mark Walker will now face a much more Democrat-friendly constituency with the addition of High Point to the 6th District; In the 8th District, Rep. Richard Hudson (R) absorbs Cumberland County (Fayetteville, Ft. Bragg) from freshman Rep. Dan Bishop (R); while Rep.Ted Budd retains a relatively conservative 13th District.
Yet that is not enough for Democrats who’ve been rewarded nearly every time they play the victim. N.C. House Minority Leader Rep. Darren Jackson (R-Wake) said the new maps just weren’t fair.
“This is a solid 8-5 map. It’s not competitive in any way. It’s not fair,” Jackson said.
Democrats presumably gain two congressional seats strictly through pursuing lawsuits, and the map is unfair toward them. Can you believe that? That’s because the only definition of fairness Democratic lawmakers accept is a map that arbitrarily pre-determines a 50/50 split in congressional seats at a minimum based on the asinine argument that Democrats make up half the voters in the state. That leads them to make such silly assertions as an 8-5 map, in a state with a solid Republican majority in the state legislature for nearly a decade, being “not fair.”
A sympathetic media does a solid job of amplifying Democrats many whiny complaints about the ‘unfair maps’ and also reports that a national Democratic group with experience suing the General Assembly over maps has already vowed to challenge these new maps in court.