Way back in 1990, DC said we HAD to come up with districts to ensure minority representation. The left was overjoyed.
In present day, the left has apparently figured out that it shot itself in the foot with that strategy. In creating the majority-minority districts, black voters were peeled out of districts that had been electing moderate Democrats for years. As a result, you got a bunch of new Republican-leaning districts.
Now, the same crowd that hollered for those majority-minority districts is now claiming they are unjust and discriminatory. And it appears the same federal judge who struck down North Carolina’s marriage amendment — claiming gay marriage was somewhere in that dad-gum constitution — has given this crowd what they want.
This was quite an Alinsky move. The court action was timed just right to inflict as much chaos as possible. People have already voted absentee. What happens to those votes — especially if those voters are shoved into some other district?
From what I understand, the honorables on Jones Street have two weeks to make changes and submit them to the feds for approval.
If they have to re-invent the wheel, an interesting place to start might be along the border with South Carolina. In the 1990s redistricting hubbub, there was some serious consideration of creating a majority minority district along the border in southeastern North Carolina (taking pieces of the 7th and 8th district, now represented respectively by David Rouzer and Richard Hudson). You would have been talking about places like Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Anson, Robeson, Bladen, Columbus, and Sampson counties, among others. A new district there would be more compact and likely to pass muster with the feds.
This just goes to show that Bill Barber and the gang’s primary interests are sewing chaos and sticking it to whitey a/k/a “the Republicans”. What fun would they have if race wasn’t a big deal, anymore?