Gerrymandering needs to end

Our 2020 census numbers are just about in. Time to re-draw the voting maps for the next decade will we still be laboring under the hand of legislators who draw the maps to pick their voters or will we stand up this time and get our voices heard.

We need an independent commission to draw fair districts. Partisan efforts on both sides of the aisle have failed and been struck down by courts for racial and partisan reasons costing the taxpayers each time. Enough gerrymandering.

Tuesday News: NC 14

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POPULATION GROWTH EARNS NC ANOTHER CONGRESSIONAL SEAT: North Carolina will gain another seat in Congress for the next 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday, the result of a steadily growing population as people arrive for jobs and retirement. The additional U.S. House seat, the 14th for North Carolina, marks the third time in the past four census cycles that the state will have increased the size of its congressional delegation. North Carolina received a 12th seat after the 1990 census and another after the 2000 release. The Census Bureau said North Carolina’s resident population was 10,439,388 as of April 1, 2020, up 9.5% from the 9,535,483 people counted as living in the state a decade earlier. North Carolina was the ninth largest state, up from 10th a decade ago.
https://www.wral.com/population-growth-gives-north-carolina-a-14th-us-house-seat/19647129/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

It's a great idea, but of course Republicans won't legalize marijuana. It makes too much sense.

Family will view Andrew Brown shooting video today

But a judge will have to approve the release to the general public:

As community leaders ask for the release of body camera footage to the public, Wayne Kendall, attorney for the family of Andrew Brown, Jr., says the family will be able to view the footage on Monday.

"Family members are allowed to see bodycam recording if the image of a deceased person that is related to that person is on the recording," Kendall explained. "And their attorneys are allowed to see it. That's codified within the statute, so there's no issue there."

Apparently there is an issue, since Brown was shot Wednesday morning and the family has yet to see it. I can see waiting 24 hours to give the department time to analyze the footage, but not six days. As expected, this story went national pretty quickly: Note: the image above shows a stray bullet that struck a neighbor's home. When SWAT shows up, it's time to duck and cover.

Monday News: Twelve thousand, five hundred twenty three

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3 MILLION NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR CORONAVIRUS: At least 956,932 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 12,523 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,167 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, down from 2,236 reported the day before. State health officials reported 1,145 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, down from 1,165 reported on Thursday. On Wednesday, the latest date for which data is available, 5.1% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. More than 3 million people in North Carolina, or about 37% of the state’s population, had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Friday.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article250930049.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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LEGISLATOR'S DEMOTION HIGHLIGHTS BACKROOM DEAL, POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: Moore and his deputies defended their behavior ousting Howard from her leadership post, saying a deal had been cut in a closed-door meeting of Republicans to move the bill. "Several weeks ago, the North Carolina Republican House Legislative Caucus overwhelmingly voted to move forward on House Bill 334. ... Over the proceeding weeks, against the will of the caucus, Rep. Julia Howard, in her role as one of four Senior House Finance Chairs did not move the bill," said a statement from Moore, House Speaker Pro Tem Sarah Stevens, R-Surry County and House Majority Leader John Bell, R-Wayne County. Here's the rub. The House Republican Caucus has NO official standing (same goes for the Democrats’ caucus). It does not meet in public. There are no publicly available recorded votes. Nothing done or said in those secret sessions is open to the scrutiny of the people legislators represent, the voters who put them into office or the news reporters who can shine light onto what they say and do.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-legislator-s-demotion-highlights-backroom-deal-potential-conflicts-of...

Saturday News: Ten against One

3 DEPUTIES RESIGN, 7 ON LEAVE AFTER ANDREW BROWN WAS SHOT IN THE BACK: Three Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies have resigned and another seven have been put on leave after the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, media outlets reported Friday. Sheriff Tommy Wooten called for calm Friday evening ahead of a third night of protests. Gov. Roy Cooper called for body camera footage of the shooting to be released, as did Elizabeth City leaders. “Initial reports of the shooting in Elizabeth City and death of Andrew Brown Jr. this week are tragic and extremely concerning,” Cooper tweeted Friday evening. “The body camera footage should be made public as quickly as possible and the SBI should investigate thoroughly to ensure accountability.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article250891559.html

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