As many of you know, the state legislature took it upon itself to ram through its own map for Mecklenburg County commission districts. The reason? Republicans on a citizens' commission were upset that one of the maps under consideration would have split the towns in the southeastern part of the county into two districts.
Whatever you may think about what the citizen board was considering, this strongarm act by the legislature is yet more proof North Carolina needs to bring local government into the 21st century. Specifically, we need local home rule.
For years, the laws governing local government have been broadly construed. Unfortunately, this episode proved how short this falls of real home rule. Let Charlotte run Charlotte, Raleigh run Raleigh and Greensboro run Greensboro. It would also save valuable time for the legislature.