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Some praise, mostly criticism, at final public hearings on proposed NC electoral maps

“It's a dragon, daddy.”

This was the reaction of one little girl when a Mecklenburg County resident asked what the map of Senate District 37 looked like to her. The father told this story during the third and final public hearing on the newly proposed electoral maps which were held Monday at sites statewide, coordinated via video conference link up.

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A new survey finds that 30 percent of North Carolina mothers of children less than two years old say they have spanked their children in the last year.

In addition, 5 percent of North Carolina mothers of threemonth- old babies say they have spanked their very young children. More than 70 percent of mothers of 23-month-old children say they have done so, too.

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“Both parties do this,” says Chris Cooper, director of the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University. According to Cooper, there is nothing new about the current redistricting wars going on in Raleigh. Every ten years the party in power gets to redraw district lines in the state based on the population data from the most recent Census. The new maps are always controversial. The party in power is always accused of partisan gerrymandering.

What can be done about it? Not much.

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Western Carolina University is one of several sites across the state that will host public hearings the N.C General Assembly is holding Monday, July 18, to accept public comment on the redistricting process for the N.C. House, N.C. Senate and U.S. Congressional districts.

The session will be held from 3 until 9 p.m. in Room 133-B of the Cordelia Camp Building on the WCU campus. Speaker registration will begin at 2 p.m.

Members of the public may comment on the current district plans, communities of interest, voting history or any other topic related to redistricting. Each speaker is limited to five minutes.

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