Tucked into a corner of the budget is this little gem: Republican budget writers slipped a provision into the budget moving the authority to seek approval for VRA pre-clearance of the new maps from Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) to a GOP-controlled legislative study committee. This way, the GOP can pick the venue for VRA pre-clearance of the redistricting plans.
Under current NC law, state Attorney Geneneral Cooper would seek VRA pre-clearance from the Department of Justice. Now if that DOJ was under a Republican president, like it was in 2001, and 1991, and 1981, and 1971, well that would be okey-dokey with the NC GOP.
But with the (black) Kenyan-born, (black) Muslim, (black) socialist, (black) anti-American, (black) alien President's appointees running the DOJ, the GOP can't get all the presents they want under the redistricting Christmas tree in 2011.
Their preferred (Santa) venue - the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. A court with 6 Republican-appointed judges, 3 Democrat-appointed judges, and 2 vacancies.
All the more reason to veto