Tag:redistricting

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Lawmakers open redistricting process

    A joint legislative redistricting committee met Wednesday to begin the court-ordered process for redrawing a minimum of 28 legislative electoral maps. Sen. David Lewis, R-Harnett, chairman of the House redistricting committee, said the goal is to get input from public hearings in August, September, and October.

  • 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,…

  • NCGA attorneys to court: We would have to redraw more than 100 districts

    Legislative lawyers told a three-judge federal panel handling a redistricting lawsuit a special General Assembly election this year would affect nearly two-thirds of the districts in the state, cost $20 million, and force lawmakers to violate several other constitutional provisions. In a 32-page argument filed Thursday in the…