Political Science Professor Comments on Anger over Redistricting
July 7, 2011
The recent release of preliminary proposals for the state legislative districts have made Democrats and civil rights activists angry. Catawba College Professor of Political Science Dr. J. Michael Bitzer recently spoke to WFAE 90.7 FM regarding the redistricting.
Bitzer says redistricting is a messy political process in most states, but especially in North Carolina.
"This is gerrymandering," Bitzer said, "but it's normal."
"For folks like me who study this kind of thing, North Carolina is a gold mine," Bitzer said. "Because so many of the key court cases that help to basically decide what gerrymandering is, what redistricting principles are allowed, have come out of North Carolina."
FULL STORY: Democrats, Civil Rights Activists Angry About Redistricting (WFAE.org)