Archive: Redistricting

  • House, Senate pass redistricting plans

    New redistricting maps passed the House and Senate during a special session, but both chambers postponed voting on veto overrides. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the General Assembly to redraw legislative district maps after ruling nine Senate districts and 19 House districts were racially gerrymandered. A three-judge U.S.

  • Ignoring race in redistricting could backfire on GOP, scholar says

    Republicans chose to shun race as a consideration in remapping 28 legislative districts federal courts have deemed racial gerrymanders. Relying so heavily on that strategy might backfire as the case moves forward, a constitutional scholar says. While the GOP’s eventual goal is to maintain its supermajority…

  • Senate committee approves redistricting map

    The Senate Redistricting Committee made a few tweaks to redrawn Senate maps, including an incumbent protection amendment for a Democrat, but otherwise passed the documents intact. The maps will be taken up by the full Senate Friday at 10 a.m. Majority Republicans turned back a series…

  • The General Assembly needs a to-do list, and here it is

    The General Assembly reconvenes Friday for another special session, primarily designated for redistricting business. There will be proposed legislative maps, public hearings, lots of debate and, I predict, an almost straight party-line vote on newly drawn —  per court order — legislative districts. These maps and the expected discussion will take up most…

  • 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…