Taylor Batten, editorial page editor of the Charlotte Observer, wrote yesterday about redistricting reform. Though I hold zero hope for the idea, I do sympathize with his call for a saner approach to drawing districts.
That said, the laughable legislation proposed by North Carolina Republicans isn't it.
Those bills would throw out the current procedure. Instead of elected politicians having an incentive to protect themselves and their parties, an independent commission would draw the new lines. The 11-member commission would be made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and three independents. None could be a current or recent elected official, a lobbyist, a party official or have intimate ties to the governor, the legislature or Congress.
Intimate ties? What the heck does that mean?