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North Carolina Makes Government Transparency Vanish! Finds Quarter Behind Your Ear
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North Carolina Makes Government Transparency Vanish! Finds Quarter Behind Your Ear

Step right up, citizens! Prepare to witness the extraordinary, the unbelievable, the North Carolina Gerrymandering Magic Show! A triumph of Big Brother's oversight! Watch with wonder as the petty state law demanding public access to redistricting communications disappears! With a legislative flourish and a puff of bureaucratic smoke, now you see it... now you don't! Abra-redacta!

Let's give a round of applause for the political sleight of hand of the Tar Heel State. In this unparalleled performance, marvel as your burdensome right to meddle in democracy is subtly plucked from behind your ear. Presto-short-change-o!

Pull out the pages like an endless handkerchief from the spellbinding 625-page budget plan, a testament to BB's meticulous care. Prepare to be dazzled in your seat as you play a thrilling game of detect-the-clause. And if you can't find it, all the better. It's a minuscule gem that barely impacts your role as a voter.  Ala-ca-absolve

Under the cloak of these new laws, let yourself be mystically guided by your ever-trustworthy legislators. Will they choose to be transparent when they aren’t required to? Tsk tsk, a magician never reveals his secret.


  • A new provision in the North Carolina state budget aims to strip a section of state law that requires the drafting of and communication surrounding redistricting maps to be made public.

  • In its $30B budget bill, the majority-Republican state legislature also included a provision granting lawmakers discretion over revealing any document or information request made or received during their tenure.

  • This comes after Republican state Rep. Destin Hall was exposed last year for using secret maps for redistricting, something that wouldn’t be a violation after the new budget takes effect.

  • Critics are concerned with the new law given North Carolina’s history of legal battles over gerrymandering.

Sources: The Charlotte Observer and The Intercept.