Thursday, December 16, 2010

Governor wants bipartisan redistricting commission

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Good luck with that, Gubnah.

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday urged the incoming Republican legislature to create an independent bipartisan redistricting commission, pass session time limits, and make the workings of the legislature more transparent.

But the Republican lawmakers had their own message for the governor: Thanks for the advice, now start making some deeper budget cuts in preparation for next year's projected $3.7 billion shortfall.

The political theater was played out in the first public meeting between the governor and members of the Republican-majority legislature, which will take office next month.

Having lost her Democratic legislative majority in November, Perdue has moved aggressively in recent days to outline a sweeping government restructuring and other economies. Appearing before the House GOP caucus, Perdue said she thought the legislature should be part of the change.

In perhaps her most provocative move, Perdue urged the new Republican majority to adopt an independent redistricting commission. Perdue had not called for an independent commission while the Democrats were drawing the legislative and congressional district lines - one of the coveted tools in politics. It was a popular idea among many Republican lawmakers while they were out of power.

Now the roles are reversed.

Read the rest of this article, by Rob Christensen, here.

Can we stop pretending that Republicans and Democrats are anything other than mortal enemies?

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