Category: Politics & Elections

  • Academics: North Carolina Voters Lose In Redistricting Battle

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, and the resulting 4-4 philosophical divide among the remaining justices, likely swung Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision not to issue a stay in North Carolina’s congressional redistricting case, say several political science professors who follow the electoral process. The General Assembly’s decision substituting…

  • New Legislative Districts Head To Court

    The General Assembly on Friday approved a broad array of electoral changes including a separate June 7 congressional primary and new congressional district boundaries before adjourning the two-day special session Gov. Pat McCrory had called. Prickly divisions arose again between majority Republicans, who ushered in the changes to comply with…

  • Court Tosses Judicial Retention Election

    A three-judge Superior Court panel has ruled that the state’s fledgling judicial retention system for N.C. Supreme Court justices is unconstitutional. The ruling immediately affects this year’s race by Associate Justice Robert Edmunds, who is seeking another term in the state’s highest court. The judicial retention law, passed by the…

  • Special Session Will Address Congressional Districts

    Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday issued a proclamation convening a special session of the General Assembly at 10 a.m. Thursday to address a federal court ruling that halted North Carolina’s congressional primary. State Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, said plans are moving forward to use new maps and to set a…

  • Campaign dispatch, February 17, 2016

    • Endorsement time! State Treasurer Janet Cowell, a Democrat who’s chosen not to seek a third term, is backing former Wake County Democratic Party head Dan Blue III in her party’s primary. Blue also has the support of the North Carolina Association of Educators and the Service Employees International…

  • Mapmakers Removing Race From New Congressional Districts

    Members of the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting sparred for 4 ½ hours Tuesday in a meeting featuring mostly party-line votes and intense reactions from stunned Democrats after Republican leaders declared they would omit any and all racial considerations when redrawing congressional districts. Passions rose when Republicans said their…