Tag:redistricting

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Cooper’s selective constitutionalism in redistricting fight

    Before Gov. Roy Cooper and his surrogates accuse the N.C. General Assembly of “thumbing its nose at the North Carolina Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court,” the governor might want to reflect on his own actions in connection with legislative electoral redistricting. The best place to start involves a question:…

  • Redistricting coalition faces tough odds in General Assembly

    A coalition of policy and advocacy groups renewed their efforts to convince the General Assembly to set up an independent redistricting process based on a model adopted in Iowa as a means of ending partisan gerrymandering. The Iowa redistricting model empowers the nonpartisan legislative staff to draw the congressional and…