Items filtered by date: June 2011 - Duane Cutlip
Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:00

Redistricting Becomes Law

Passed as Session Law 2011-404, House Bill 937 was ratified on Thursday, July 28, 2011.  Now the only question is if it will withstand Judicial Review and the lawsuits that are sure to come from Democrats.

Out here in eastern Wake County, the new maps that split us into two districts along northeast and southeast lines have been intact since the second version.  For links to the new maps and statistics, check out the main redistricting page of the NC General Assembly (here).  We have an opportunity to elect the common sense conservative representation for which long we have sought.  Below is a sample showing our new HD-35.

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Saturday, 23 July 2011 00:00

Elections Matter

And they should.

In an article published by the News and Observer earlier this week (article online), it was noted that there is a growing call for a non-partisan redistricting process to be developed.

My concern is that we run the risk of having an unelected bureaucracy not accountable to the citizens making the maps in the future.

 That effort is, in fact, already underway.  Although it wouldn't take effect until the 2020 process, the NC House has already passed a bill calling for the measure (H824).

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:00

Three In One

Today, the redistricting committee released second versions of the NC House and NC Senate districts and at the same time released a third version of the congressional districts (right on the heels of version #2 being released yesterday).  The congressional districts have only slight changes, but the House districts are adjusted a bit more significant.  That doesn'tmean that the lines are drastically different.  For example, here in eastern Wake County, the changes between the proposed districts 35 and 39 are subtle, but important.

Generally, it has been desired to keep precincts whole when possible.  However, our local precinct 17-04 has been split by only a small corner and a bite-sized chunk. Given the locations of the small sections now brought over into the new district 35, it makes you wonder if it's not what you know, but who you know!  Stay tuned!


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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 00:00

Congressional Districts, Take 2

The redistricting committee just released their first set of adjustments a week after rolling out proposed congressional district lines.  In this rendition, they have attempted to pull districts into more logical units as much as possible (see previous posts on legal restrictions).  A couple of things I really like about these maps: 1) Brad Miller and David Price live in the same district now, 2) Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre live in the same district, and 3) Wake County back to being subdivided only three ways.

Districts 2, 6, and 13 all make dramatic shifts in this version that tighten them up and give them all a clockwise turn.  The new information is available here.


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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 00:00

Redistricting, Take 2

They've adjusted things a little bit and published a new set of maps.  Out here in eastern Wake County, we still have the basic division into two districts.  However, the two small chunks of one precinct that were added to the new HD-35 surely look suspicious...  More on that later.

In any case, it looks like we're still going to have two districts and a better chance to elect conservative representation out here.  We have to focus on the municipal and school board races for now, but we also need to be using these fall races to gear up for next year's effort.

They will be voting on the new districts on Monday, July 25, 2011. Check for the schedule,

VOLUNTEER FOR SOMETHING!  We've got to get used to fighting the forces that would oppose liberty 24x7!

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 00:00

New Districts Proposed

The NC General Assembly has just rolled out their proposed new districts.  

Eastern Wake County will now be a part of two Districts.  We're still analyzing everything, but you can keep up with redistricting events as they unfold at the NCGA's redistricting web portal.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 00:00

Proposed GA Districts Released

The NC General Assembly has just rolled out their proposed new districts.  Eastern Wake County will now be a part of two districts.  To make room for two additional districts in Wake County and to adjust for population shifts, District 39 has shrunk somewhat and moved clockwise.  It still includes precincts from Zebulon to Garner, but it dropped a lot of the southeast Raleigh precincts and most of it's eastern Wake territory north of US 64.  It looks like we will have a new district that takes in the area north of US 64 and from Zebulon to Wake Forest.  It will be the new House District 35.  Keep up with redistricting events as they unfold at the NCGA's redistricting web portal.

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In legal theory, there is a line about an "unjust law" and the argument of whether it should be obeyed or not.  It's not exactly the right correlation here, but draws me to a somewhat broader point.  We have lots of laws on the books that were either ill 

conceived from the start, rammed through when one group or another had a majority, or simply have outlived their usefulness.

As every session begins and every election season comes around, we hear politicians talking about the bills they would introduce or the laws they would push through.  It's funny, I never hear them talking about the laws they would repeal!

Look at the laws that keep us from making logical district lines. Now that's where we need to start working. Why elect a new General Assembly when they are

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Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

First Shot at the New Districts

So, the North Carolina General Assembly just released their first proposed maps for the new congressional districts.  Here are my first thoughts.

After taking a moment to look at the newly proposed congressional districts. I'd like to share just a couple of my thoughts. As you look over these too, please be sure to look at all the facts and not just a few.

1. I don't like the maps.  They still look like "bug splats".

‎2. I wish that we could just start at one side of the state and start dividing up the districts

Problem is, we can't just do that - by law.

Apparently, we are bound by law to take many different things into consideration. Many of these laws were enacted to attempt to right a previous wrong. However,

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