with extensive commentary from Rucho. You can either take the time to read his whiny comments, or accept my translation: We're doing exactly what we want, so stop your bitching. James's blog Comments Binker discusses impact on Guilford The packing pays off for teh baggers. finally, represented by a Democrat based on the state senate district map, I am now chair of a split precinct. But on the plus side, I will probably be represented by a Democrat in Raleigh for the first time in my life. I have a Republican state house, state senate, county commish, member of Congress, and school board member. I live in Republican hell. Davis says the map favors urban areas and Republicans Davis said the map favors urban areas and Republicans. Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/07/12/2449063/new-senate-districts-amplify-urban.html#ixzz1Rvk... 10 of the 50 senators are 10 of the 50 senators are representing Mecklenburg and Wake Counties. If you throw in those representing the rest of the Charlotte, Triangle and add in the Triad area reps how many does that leave the rest of us? I'm a moderate Democrat. it does include Charlotte The 5 mentioned for Mecklenburg does include Charlotte Let me rephrase. The greater Let me rephrase. The greater metro area around Mecklenburg and Wake Counties in addition to the Triad. I'm a moderate Democrat. Mecklenburg/Triangle/Triad Greater Mecklenburg - 11 Triangle - 10 Triad - 5 So basically half of the state senate is from these three area Now that I look at it the Now that I look at it the 10th may well have been created especially for David Lewis. Harnett was with Moore County and had little chance of electing anyone from Harnett. Now they are with Lee and a portion of Sampson County to form the 10th. David Lewis can now move over (up?) to the senate without challenging Harris Blake. He can offset any opposition from Lee County with the Sampson voters. He lives near the Harnett / Sampson border and has connections through his farm equipment business. Just speculation on my part but was the leader in the house in writing these things. I'm a moderate Democrat. I wonder how Chatham County will feel about being shackled with Harris Blake now? I heard today that Blake may I heard today that Blake may not run again. I'm a moderate Democrat. Rumors are... ...that current Moore County BOC chair Nick Picerno is going to run. Many argue that his recent grandstanding with "conservative" positions is part of setting himself to run for the seat. The map in WNC Interesting the Haywood County (plurality Democratic) is moving from the 47th (Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, and part of Avery) to the 50th (basically all the counties from Haywood to the southwest). This would pit former Democrat Senators Joe Sam Queen (Haywood) and John Snow (Macon) against current Art Pope puppet Jim Davis from Franklin (Macon Co). Since Davis beat Snow in 2010 by a couple hundred votes after nearly $250,000 from the Art Pope machine, it seems that the GOP is sacrificing Davis while strengthening Ralph Hise's (R-Mitchell) chances in the 47th. The 47th basically trades Haywood for Rutherford and Polk. I would love to be a fly on the wall in conversations between Joe Sam Queen and John Snow. Conventional wisdom is that Snow is a stronger candidate in Jackson, Graham, Macon, Swain, Cherokee, and Clay counties than Queen would be, and Snow already has name recognition in Haywood sufficient to appeal to Democrats here. ______________________________________________________________________ The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR By WNC.... I meant west of Asheville....since the Radical Republicans think Asheville is now a piedmont city with Gastonia... ______________________________________________________________________ The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR That makes about as much sense as Durham having the same 13th District Congressman as Surry County. I'm sure there's a community of interest there somewhere. It's obvious that those who It's obvious that those who made this decision had in mind some big interests somewhere. As someone said earlier, Republicans or Democrats 'owned' some districts for a life time and maybe now is time for some changes, bijuterii argint. Maybe this is not the brightest decision, a silver one, but they've made mistakes in the past, too. I'm a moderate Democrat.