I might be showing my age here, but I'm old enough to remember when leftist activists, Democrats, and media were adamantly trying to convince me - along with all North Carolina voters - that all they wanted was "nonpartisan courts" and "an independent judiciary."
It seems like a lifetime ago, I know! (It was November.)
For folks who weren't alive back in those days, this effort was part of another public campaign against district maps that were drawn by the North Carolina General Assembly - which was run by the Republican Party.
Not only were these Republicans totally opposed to "nonpartisan courts" and "an independent judiciary," but they drew districts to ensure they'd win virtually every seat in the state legislature AND the Congress.
This led to calls for "fair maps" and "independent redistricting."
North Carolinians were told that Republicans holding 10 of the 13 Congressional seats was not fair because more people were registered Democrats and had voted for Democrats statewide.
It was such a compelling case with such a concerted push from powerful interests that it helped "break the super-majority" in the General Assembly.
All of this is ancient history, obviously. Because now folks seem very excited about the Democratic Governor being able to appoint another Democrat to the NC Supreme Court... to shift it "further to the left."
The chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court announced his plans Friday to retire next month, paving the way for a 6-1 Democratic majority on the state’s highest court.
Mark Martin is the longest-serving justice now on the court, having first been elected in 1999. According to a press release from the North Carolina Judicial Branch, he is leaving to become the dean of the law school at Regent University, a Christian school in Virginia.
When the GOP drew lines to ensure 10 of 13 Congressional seats it was an outrage and undermined the very foundation of our democracy. But a 6-1 Democrat majority on the Supreme Court -- with 3 of those seats changing parties under shady circumstances -- is of no concern.
It's simply an anodyne "shift further left."
As I said all those years ago... when Democrats say they want an independent judiciary, what they mean is a judiciary packed with Democrats.
Pete's Prep: Monday, Jan. 28, 2019
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- Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) has been moved to hospice care, and his family is asking for prayers.
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- A massive housing development proposed in Hendersonville is getting opposition from neighbors... who just moved into their new housing development across the street.
- From the News & Observer: "Rural needs urban, and urban needs rural."