Jul
20

They Complain? Beat Them Harder.

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When Buncombe voters turned out to express their alarm and dismay regarding the newly redrawn Congressional districts, some of us held out hope that the obvious illogic of dividing our mountain county would win out, that anyone could see the injustice being done and that political pressure to do the right thing would win the day.

We were wrong.

The latest version of the Congressional district map carves even more of Buncombe County into Rep. Patrick McHenry’s 10th District.

AC-T:

The latest Republican plan would include even less of Buncombe County in the 11th Congressional District. Buncombe County has [238,318] residents. Asheville has 83,939.

July 1 plan:
[Buncombe]
• 129,646, or 54 percent in 10th
• 108,672, or 46 percent in 11th
[Asheville]
• 63,600, or 76 percent in the 10th
• 19,793, or 24 percent in the 11th

July 19 plan:
[Buncombe]
• 150,156 or 63 percent in the 10th
• 88,162 or 37 percent in the 11th
[Asheville]
• 72,053 or 86 percent in the 10th
• 11,340 or 14 percent in the 11th

UPDATE: A 3rd version of the Congressional map (Rucho-Lewis 2A) was released last night. It has only 54% of Asheville turned over to Patrick McHenry. I haven’t been able to dig into the numbers to know which precincts, etc. I’m looking forward to hearing from the folks who have.
Mountain Xpress has more:

Against that backdrop, all eyes are turning toward Rep. McHenry of the 10th District. A deputy majority whip, the powerful four-term Republican also serves on the House Financial Services Committee. Elected to Congress at age 29 after a short stint in the Statehouse, McHenry quickly became a fair-haired boy of the modern conservative movement, hailed by the National Journal recently as the “most conservative member of Congress from North Carolina and the 17th most conservative representative in the country.”

When it comes time to cast ballots for elected representation at every level from County Commission to NC Legislator to Congress it will be our responsibility to answer this insult with electoral injury.

Comments

  1. Thunder Pig says:

    Perhaps it is time for all my Lefty friends in Asheville to press the button.

  2. Ben says:

    Anyone doing polls on this? I’d love to see an independent research poll on this redistricting.
    And I am tired of people saying “most people don’t even know what district they are in” -as if that makes all of this okay. I agree we should all be more active and knowledgeable about our representatives, but this does not excuse any of these actions.
    Why does it seem like with GWB in the Oval Office, the GOP did whatever they pleased, running all over the independent and liberal constituencies, disregarding collaboration – and now, without controlling the White House or the Senate, the GOP continues to pout until they get everything they want? Congressional approval rates are so low because they don’t talk, compromise and do the business of governing anymore. They just pout, posture, bicker and stall – and nothing gets done. Boo.

  3. Tim Schultz says:

    I laughed about the fact that the second draft map hammered Buncombe harder, I really did. It thought it was the mostly likely thing to happen, and was pleased with myself for sensing it.

  4. Gordon Smith says:

    Well, Tim. Here’s another iteration – I haven’t looked deeply into it, but it looks like a different split altogether.

  5. Tom Sullivan says:

    The maps make Buncombe look like a boil on McHenry’s backside. For Pat, pretty quickly that’s what it will feel like.

  6. Tom Buckner says:

    Ben: “Why does it seem like with GWB in the Oval Office, the GOP did whatever they pleased, running all over the independent and liberal constituencies, disregarding collaboration – and now, without controlling the White House or the Senate, the GOP continues to pout until they get everything they want?”

    Sociopaths, Ben. Once you plug in that explanation, virtually all mystery about their behavior evaporates. And I’ve already made my views on sociopaths quite clear.

  7. Andrew Dahm says:

    I am halfway through this book. He’s getting into a notional framework involving the people who run things being psychopaths, a term that’s virtually interchangeable with sociopath. It is interesting, and rings true. Really, really true. Especially the “don’t bother trying to change them or their minds” part.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_sc_0_19?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+psychopath+test&x=0&y=0&sprefix=the+psychopath+test

  8. Dixiegirlz says:

    Andrew the 2nd book on the list by Hare is by one of the definitive authors on psychpathy..and his “Snakes in Suits” is a must read for anyone in an upper level hiring position.

    http://www.hare.org/

  9. Andrew Dahm says:

    Yes, I scrolled down – Hare is all over Ronson’s book, and I’m getting into the “Snakes in Suits” section of that just this very evening.

  10. Dixiegirlz says:

    It’s VERY enlightening stuff.