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Re: “Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria Will Seek Reelection Instead of Challenging Nelson Dollar for State House

To clarify, House District 36 - Nelson Dollar's district - was NOT one of the districts from the 2011 maps struck down by the the Court. In the map the 3-judge panel approved in the "Covington" case, House Districts 36, 37, 40, and 41 in Wake County and House District 105 in Mecklenburg County were the ones drawn by the NCGA in 2011.

When those districts were redrawn by NCGA in 2017, they exceeded the authorization to redistrict provided in the Courts previous orders, and violated state constitution prohibition against mid-cycle redistricting, so court ordered the 2011 districts be reinstated for those districts.

The NC Constitution says voting district map are only to be redrawn every 10 years:
When established, the representative districts and the apportionment of Representatives shall remain unaltered until the return of another decennial census of population taken by order of Congress Art. II, Sec. 5(4). Redrawing House 36 mid-cycle when it was NOT subject to a Federal court order was a blatant violation of the NC Constitution.

The partial "Stay" with respect to those districts in Wake, including H36, means that current House 36 was drawn in violation of the NC Constitution.

You don't have to take my word for it. You can read all the court documents here: https://www.brennancenter.org/legal-work/n…

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Posted by Aylett Colston on 02/15/2018 at 5:06 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I was there Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I was born in North Carolina, grew up here, and now I am raising my children here. I was there because I love this state and its people and I cannot sit by and watch as the elected leaders entrusted to act in the best interest of North Carolinians do HARMFUL things - like when they passed HB2.

I cannot sit idly by when our state legislature completely disregards NC law on open meetings, notice periods, and the prohibition against deliberating and acting on legislation in secret meetings instead of in open session.

My friends who had planned on joining me on Tuesday ended up not being able to go - but they still wanted to help. I asked them to send food - and they did. I personally took delivery of pizza and water that was sent in on Tuesday - and none of it was paid for by the NAACP or any organization. It was paid for by a loose network of friends - all North Carolinians - who cared about what was happening to their state and wanted to help however they could.

I should have been home with my children getting ready for Christmas, but because the NCGA has continually betrayed the very spirit of honest, open dialog and debate upon which our country was founded - well, I felt that there was no choice but to go and bear witness.

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Posted by Aylett Colston on 12/18/2016 at 8:30 PM

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