Greensboro: I thought I knew everything about local politics, but of course I don’t. The News & Record explains clearly how the new City Council redistricting system shoved down Greensboro’s throat hurts voters and creates a system in which Republican candidates have an advantage. Want to get the least voters involved? Hold the election in October in odd-numbered years. The Legislature should be ashamed at its abuse of power.
Raleigh: You know how the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution? The News & Observer flips it on its head, raising the question of whether more gay couples marrying will actually re-energize it. “That’s an interesting idea – does this have a halo effect on the institution,” said Philip N. Cohen, a University of Maryland sociology professor who has studied marriage trends. “The number of same-sex couples that are going to marry is small so you won’t see a big bump in the marriage rate. But it could have a symbolic effect.”
Raleigh and Winston-Salem: Both the News & Observer and the Journal have stories about the federal court case over N.C.’s voting law changes made by the Legislature two years ago. It’s going to be a big case with national implications. Worth reading. Perhaps the judge will rule on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act next month.
High Point: The Enterprise has what looks to be an interesting mystery story about a signed first edition of a Booker T. Washington book that turned up at the High Point Library used book sale. But the website is down so I can’t link to it.