Archive: Redistricting

  • Race won’t be a factor in new legislative maps, Republicans say

    Lawmakers won’t consider race when they redraw legislative maps to meet a Sept. 1 federal court deadline. Republicans on the House and Senate redistricting committee made that clear as they swatted down repeated objections from Democrats in a Thursday committee meeting. The decision not to use…

  • Updating the redistricting scorecard

    As legislators sharpen their pencils for another round of electoral mapmaking, now seems like a good time to revisit North Carolina’s redistricting “scorecard.” Little more than two months have passed since an earlier version of the scorecard filled this space. Much has happened in recent weeks to justify…

  • Redistricting committee gets (mostly) unfriendly reception at hearing

    All but one of the 29 speakers at Friday’s public hearing of a joint legislative redistricting committee encouraged and admonished Republican lawmakers to dramatically alter the way North Carolina’s electoral districts are drawn. They used quotes from the Bible, state constitution, and Pledge of Allegiance to get their…

  • Rights trump politics in redistricting case, judges say

    GREENSBORO — The rights of people, rather than political considerations, must be the primary focus in fixing 28 unconstitutionally drawn state legislative districts. That’s the message U.S. appeals court Judge James Wynn delivered Thursday during a hearing in the Covington v. North Carolina…

  • Judges grill legislative attorney in redistricting hearing

    Attorneys for legislative Republican leaders endured a barrage of questions and comments from a three-judge federal court panel over lawmakers’ failure to remap 28 unconstitutionally drawn legislative districts. Judges James Wynn, Catherine Eagles, and Thomas Schroeder issued no ruling after a three-hour hearing Thursday in the…

  • Special legislative election: a slam dunk for Democrats?

    If you’re a North Carolina political junkie, it must seem like Christmas came in July. Which Tar Heel politicos’ stockings are filled with lumps of coal may depend on what happens Thursday in Greensboro. That day a panel of three federal judges finally will hear attorneys for the General Assembly,…

  • Legislators await news from court before taking up redistricting

    As state lawmakers returned home for a brief summer break, some members and their staffs were awaiting court orders outlining new General Assembly districts after federal judges declared the current map unconstitutional and racially gerrymandered. A U.S. District Court for the Raleigh area is expected to issue instructions soon that may break up 28 state legislative districts. The goal is making future…

  • Von Spakovsky: N.C. ‘ground zero’ in redistricting battles nationally

    “North Carolina has become ground zero in the redistricting battles about how much and how little race can be used in the redistricting process.” That’s the view of Hans Von Spakovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation who studies election law. He is a former member of the Federal…

  • Divergent opinions and the power of independent thought

    The News & Observer of Raleigh and The Charlotte Observer have offered up a wonderful example of the power of free and independent thought. The example, in the form of a pair of wildly disparate editorials, was probably an accident and most likely elicited audible gasps and groans from the staffs…