Monday News: Mapmakers take heat

PUBLIC SPEAKERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT REDISTRICTING REFORM: “There is a rumor that red maps have been drawn already,” said Janis Ramquist, a Raleigh resident who told lawmakers she had known some of them for four decades and was saddened “that so many people distrust you and believe the worst in you.” James Wood, a 19-year-old Raleigh resident, shook his finger at the legislators as he criticized their protracted effort in the courts, and the millions of dollars spent on legal fees, fighting maps that did not pass constitutional muster. As his voice rose, Wood told the lawmakers that he thought with a piece of paper and a pencil that he could “draw districts pretty fairly.” “We are done with your pettiness and in the not so distant future when we are up there running the show, things are going to be different,” Wood said.
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