Under the Dome

Proposed redistricting maps released by GOP

The Republican-led General Assembly won't take up the redistricting of North Carolina's Congressional and legislative districts until July, but some proposed maps of the new GOP-drawn districts were released late Friday afternoon.

The proposed state House map of districts intended to comply with the federal Voting Rights Act to ensure representation for racial minorities is available for download here, along with supporting data.

The proposed Senate map of districts is available here, along with supporting data.

In a joint letter from House redistricting chairs Rep. David Lewis of Dunn and Sen Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville, the Republicans announced that a public hearing on the proposed districts will be held next week in some of the affected areas.

On June 23 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., public hearing on the proposed VRA districts and four other districts proposed by the GOP chairs will be held simutaniously at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, East Carolina University and Roanoke-Chowan Community College.

Those wishing to speak are instructed to call the General Assembly at 919-733-7928 or consult the legislature's web site for signup procedures.

The proposed lines for the state's Congressional districts are not expected to be released until July 1.

There was enough data released today to keep a cruise ship full of lawyers, lobbyists and party analysts busy for a couple weeks.

But at first blush, Dome can safely declare that the era of district lines drawn to resemble the shapes of rare deep-sea creatures didn't die with Democratic control of the legislature.


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Bush was not in control of the Legislature the spent the surplus

The democrits try to blame everything on Bush.   One of their big liberal myths was that this economic disaster was Bush's fault.  Here is the truth.

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009
-- it was actually January 3rd 2007.

The day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives & Senate, the start of the 110th Congress.

The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

"For those of you who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault," think about this:

January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:

At the time:
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!

Remember the day.

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Franktook over the House Financial Services Committeeand Chris Doddtook over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?

THANK YOU DEMOCRATS for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOS!

(BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy).

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac?

And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
OBAMA& the Democratic Congress
So when some fool  tries to blame this mess on Bush


Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving.


District needs broken up

Rep. Price district needs to be broken up so we can get some change in there - it is a stale Democrat district that needs some fresh ideas and thinking in there - whether is be a different Democrat or a Republican. Rep. Price is not going to leave on his own - in his opinion that seat belongs to him and no one else is capable of representing it. Perfect example of why we need Term Limits for both Republicans and Democrats. Term Limits work good for the Presidency I believe we all agree, and would work good for Congress also...

And both sides have put this country into a terrifying debt situation which scares the heck out of me. I know this is off topic but I have looked into the debt numbers a little, and the amount of debt our US Government is in is mind-boggling to be conservative. The Great Depression and our recent recession could look like joyous church picnics compared to what could happen if things go bad for this country financially, which could very easily happen in the future due to our tremendous current and future federal government debt. And the cause of it will be the result of Rep. Price (as our federal Representative for decades) and other federal politicians on both sides who have been irresponsibly spending money we did not have for a long time. Shame on them!

Who did what and to whom

To suggest that Congressman Price alone, without even a slight degree of complicity, could have accomplished this menu of tyranny and economic skullduggery is pure nonsense. Indeed, most of the economic problems we face today are the product of arrogant incompetence by the George W. Bush administration. It was the Republican president and his Svengali sidekick Dick ("Help, I Can't Stop Sneering!") Cheney who maneuvered the U.S. into a war in the middle east whose cost, in lives and dollars, has left the nation in deep mourning and horrendous debt.

On this Father's Day weekend, incidentally, we should be proud that for the first time in  two decades we have in the White House a family whose Dad sets an example of caring and loving concern for his children.   

we had a surplus one decade ago that Bush et al squandered

The misinformation propagated by mainstream right-wing media is stunning, and it's even more stunning that anyone believes it. 

Deregulation, supply-side economics, tax cuts to the wealthiest quintiles, two ruinous wars, globalization and outsourcing (and the end of cheap oil), and bailouts to the banking interests that drove our most recent crisis are leading to our bankruptcy. Without progressives like Price and Miller, it'd have been worse by now, if that's imaginable. 

And how is this relevant to the article?

How does this screed against Congressman Price have any relevancy to the article about redistricting in the North Carolina General Assembly?

Rep. Price needs to be replaced

Rep. Price has been our Representative for over two decades and look at where he has put us - trillions and trillions of dollars in debt that our great-great-great-great grandchildren will be having to pay for. During his tenure, he has taken this country close to the point of bankruptcy - all so he could keep getting re-elected over and over. It is time for Rep. Price to be replaced - whatever it takes. He has been part of the problem, and is not capable of being part of the solution.

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