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Posted by on Sep 17, 2015

All Three Greensboro Mayoral Candidates say YES to NONPARTISAN REDISTRICTING

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 WFDD Radio
By NEAL CHARNOFF
Candidates Meet Voters In Greensboro

The League of Women Voters is helping Greensboro residents prepare for the city’s October municipal primaries.

The nonpartisan organization invited the city’s three mayoral candidates and six at-large council candidates to participate in a community forum on Tuesday.

With so many candidates on stage, each had only a short time to speak, but all had a chance to respond to a variety of questions from the moderator and the audience.

Topics ranged from lofty items like fighting food insecurity and creating affordable housing, to day-to-day challenges like solid waste management. They even had a chance to weigh in on the embattled International Civil Rights Museum, which brought some passionate responses from the more than 100 people listening.

While candidates disagreed on how to approach certain issues, they often found common ground, and even applauded previous council decisions on things like supporting Greensboro’s international community.

And everyone agreed on the final question. When asked if they’d support nonpartisan redistricting in North Carolina, every candidate said “yes.”

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2015

Diane Rehm Show looks at redistricting reform in the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Diane Rehm Show examined redistricting reform in the wake of this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona’s independent commission.  Jane Pinsky from the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform called in to share efforts for reform here in North Carolina. Listen:

 

The entire program can be heard here.

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2014

WFDD: Redistricting Means Victory All But Assured For Many Candidates

WFDD: Redistricting Means Victory All But Assured For Many Candidates

WFDD’s Paul Garber spoke with Jane Pinsky, director of the nonpartisan group North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. She says gerrymandering has to stop because it hurts democracy.

“In the long run, the citizens in the district are the losers,” says Pinsky. “It’s even more dangerous now because computers let us draw maps in the most minute of details. With a computer I can figure out which two houses I need to split a district between because I have voting patterns, voting records and voting registration.”

Listen to the full interview HERE.

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