GOP legislative overreach

Mecklenburg legislative delegation

Last Wednesday our PBS station broadcast an open forum called, "Mecklenburg legislators: solving it together." Here is one link, or you can go to wtvipbscharlotte.org and scroll to the bottom of the page and click on older entries, when you see the story click on read more.

The stars of the evening were the masterminds behind the airport heist, Rucho, Brawley, and Samuelson. The mood turned ugly quickly. Good stuff.

This is my first post so if the link doesn't work could someone post a new one?

Mecklenburg redistricting fiasco is strongest argument yet for home rule

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.

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