"An Even More Insidious Kind of Gerrymandering"
As a native of North Carolina, I was thrilled when the state went for President Obama in 2008, and thought that was the beginning of a gradual liberal shift in the state. Unfortunately, the state has gone back towards Republicans since 2008, and it isn't clear to me why. But that aside, North Carolina republicans haven't been shy about what, to me, represents abuses of their power. This judicial gerrymandering idea is particularly troubling.
The state GOP has not modified its strategy in response to these rulings. Instead, its trying to modify the courts. North Carolinas Republican-dominated General Assembly is currently poised to pass a gerrymandering bill that would carve up state judicial districts to create more seats for GOP judges and fewer seats for Democratic ones. The measure would not merely politicize the courts. It would transform them into another political branch designed to do the bidding of legislative Republicans. If the assemblys gambit succeeds, North Carolinas judiciary may permanently lose its independence.
More at the link - [link:http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/10/judicial_gerrymandering_is_coming_to_north_carolina.html|