Thursday, April 14, 2011

North Carolina Independent Redistricting, Oregon Independent Party, New York 2013 Mayoral

NORTH CAROLINA INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING
When Politicians Draw Their Own Districts, Voters Lose (Damon Circosta, executive director of the N.C. Center for Voter Education, The Pilot - Southern Pines NC) As a testament to the widespread support for an independent redistricting commission, a broad coalition of organizations has recently formed North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform. These groups come from across the political spectrum, including the conservative John Locke Foundation and progressive NC Policy Watch, but they are all dedicated to ensuring the redistricting process is open, fair and includes significant public input. Ultimately, the responsibility for redistricting should rest with an independent body, not the state legislature.

OREGON INDEPENDENT PARTY THREATENED
Editorial: What’s next, word police? (Democrat Herald) A bill under consideration in Salem and scheduled for a hearing this afternoon, HB 2442, would prohibit the use of the word “independent” in the name of any political party. The sponsors of this little bit of nonsense seem to have gone to the “Alice in Wonderland Institute of Politics,” where they teach you to change reality by changing what things are called.

NEW YORK
Manhattan Borough President Contenders Eye 2013 Race (By Jon Lentz, City Hall News) If Stringer runs to succeed Michael Bloomberg as expected, he will be one of a long line of borough presidents in Manhattan who have gone on to run for mayor. David Dinkins and Robert Wagner both were elected mayor after serving in the role.

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