The News and Observer is right. Redistricting in North Carolina has always been highly partisan. It is like the fox guarding the henhouse. As a result the people of North Carolina have lost their voice.
There is an answer - a nonpartisan, fair redistricting system (See House Bill 606) and the NC House passed it . Time for the North Carolina Senate to do the same. Tell Senator Berger and your Senator that you want the Senate to agree with the House and pass House Bill 606.