Tag:N.C. redistricting

  • North Carolina redistricting: It’s like deja vu all over again

    It’s one of  the best quotes attributed to baseball legend Yogi Berra: “It’s like deja vu all over again.” It’s also a phrase that sums up North Carolina’s political landscape going forward as new legislative and congressional district maps are approved by the Republican-led legislature along party-line votes. Multiple…

  • Lawmakers approve final redistricting maps

    After much debate, public scrutiny, and controversy, the General Assembly passed redistricting maps for the N.C. House and Senate, and U.S. Congress. The Senate on Thursday, Nov. 4, voted 25-21 for the House map. The House voted 65-49 to approve the map for the Senate, and also 65-49 for…

  • Redistricting committees adopt criteria for map-drawing

    N.C. House and Senate committees officially adopted criteria for drawing legislative and congressional districts for the next decade. The committees voted during a joint meeting Thursday, August 12. The criteria forbid the use of partisan or election-results data to draw new district boundaries. That’s…

  • North Carolina’s new redistricting process, a model for the nation

    North Carolina’s history of drawing congressional and legislative districts is challenging to defend for both political parties. Political opportunism and warfare come with the “big pen” when drawing these critical maps, and there is always outrage for those not at the table. Look no further than when Former Republican Co-Speaker…

  • Upcoming North Carolina election dates in jeopardy

    North Carolina lawmakers will not have access to critical census data needed to adjust municipal, legislative, and congressional district lines before September 2021, according to a report first published by the New York Times late Thursday. “The Census Bureau has concluded that it cannot release the population figures needed…

  • Remember the General Assembly’s short session?

    The turmoil surrounding COVID-19 derailed much of the work the General Assembly had done before the pandemic. Battles over redistricting reform, tax relief, teacher pay, and hemp legislation disappeared from the headlines.  But lawmakers have left Raleigh and plan to return in September. The 10-day period…

  • It’s time to fix redistricting. Why not now?

    Redistricting calls for leadership, and now is the time for reform. A three-judge panel is reviewing maps of some of the state’s House and Senate districts, which were drawn by lawmakers to comply with a ruling in Common Cause v Lewis. Plaintiffs…