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Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina congressional districts

State legislatures have also crafted congressional districts to provide safe seats for black Democrats. This has led to a spoils-seeking caucus in Congress that makes no pretense of serving all Americans. It exists to feed the grievance industry, claim spoils for its narrow constituency, and self-perpetuate.

From CNN:

The Supreme Court struck down two congressional district maps in North Carolina Monday, holding that the state had engaged in an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

The ruling is a victory for the black North Carolina voters who had argued the plans packed African-Americans in districts that already had a high percentage of African-Americans, thus diluting their presence in other districts.

As a result, the ruling sends the North Carolina legislature back to the drawing board -- with significant potential implications for the 2018 midterm elections. The state has been nearly split along partisan lines in recent statewide elections -- such as for governor and president -- but Republicans control 10 US House seats compared to only three for Democrats.

"The Constitution entrusts states with the job of designing congressional districts," Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the majority. "But it also imposes an important constraint: A state may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason."

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This ruling may reduce the number of safe seats for minority candidates and require, require, that candidates broaden their appeal to all voters. It will prove to be beneficial to the cause of integration and good for governance. The grievance industry will suffer.

The Congressional Black Caucus is about as unrepresentative, coddled, protected, and out-of-touch as any body in Washington, and that's saying a lot. It's about time to retire Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings, and John Conyers. They serve only the narrow special interest group of those with a vested interest in maintaining minority preferences.

As John Roberts has pointed out in university admissions, the best way to end racial preferences is to end racial preferences. That goes for protected Congressional seats, too.

The ruling likely will benefit minority voters, speed their integration into balanced Congressional districts.

Very simply put, whenever the government meddles it creates undesirable distortions, including discrimination against one or another class of people. The best solution is to have the government get out of the way except in extreme situations and then only temporarily.

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