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NC Republican Redistricting Deters Legislative Opponents

If you don’t like what your elected leaders are doing, you have recourse in the next election. You can kick ’em out of office.

But that’s hardly a reality in 2014 when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly. More than half of the 170 House and Senate seats will be decided in the May primary because they have no opposition in the general election. So, we are pretty much assured there being no significant changes in the Republicans’ veto-proof majority.

Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer writes about this in his latest post for WFAE’s political blog, The Party Line. He also spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt.