NC GOP drives its Legislative fiat into downtown Asheville

And Big Brother is barely out of his campaign diapers:

Edwards made it clear that he doesn’t care what the people of Asheville think of this. Of course that isn’t terribly surprising, given that Edwards only represents a sliver of the city he wants to save from itself.

“As a courtesy I am informing you of this intent with the hope that your discussion may revolve more around ‘how’ to district, and forego the discussion of ‘should’ we district,” he told the City Council.

It's a testimony to the arrogance of the GOP that a freshman Senator feels free to dictate terms to a City Council that collectively has a few decades of service under its belt. But that's the difference between most Republicans and Democrats: When an "R" wins a race, no matter what the margin of victory, they consider it a "mandate" to do whatever crosses their mind. When a "D" wins, however, that's when the soul-searching really begins, the desire to make sure they are acting in the best interests of the whole, as opposed to disparate parts. But as far as Edwards is concerned, what the citizens of Asheville want doesn't matter:

What we do not like is the people affected being shut out of the process. Edwards seemed to be inviting comment, citing district lines and timing. But the deadline for Senate local bills to be submitted for drafting already has passed and the deadline for introduction is Tuesday. To be considered by the House, bills must clear the Senate by April 27.

This means results of the poll the council authorized Tuesday will not be available in time to have much effect on what the General Assembly does.

Councilman Gordon Smith was incensed. “If you’re willing to simply ram something through saying you don’t even want to know what people think, I ask if you’re serving as a representative of the people or not,” he said.

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