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State lawmakers to vote on new Pender and New Hanover County districts

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State lawmakers are expected to vote next week on a new map of House districts for New Hanover and Pender counties. Thursday, a special House committee approved a plan to redraw the lines for the 18th District represented by Democrat Sandra Spaulding Hughes, and the 16th District represented by Republican Carolyn Justice. The full House is scheduled to discuss the plan Monday. The final map would go into effect for elections next year. The change comes after the US Supreme Court ruled the 18th District an unconstitutional minority-influence district.

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Let's reduce the number of House and Senate Districts

To save the taxpayers money, let's reduce the total number of State House and State Senate Districts by 20%. Redraw the lines and remove 20% of the legislative seats. Removing this number of seats would save us a lot of money. Look at their track record. They vote for their pet projects which are mostly pork barrel related. They rarely complete their sessions on time. We, the voters, are not holding them accountable and keep re-electing them back into office. They keep trying to balance the budget on the backs of the state employees. So, lets redraw the lines and take 20% of the seats away. And, we don't need to let race and sex determine the lines. Do it by using the county lines. Think about it!