Tag:U.S. Supreme Court

  • N.C.’s U.S. senators back Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court

    North Carolina’s Republican U.S. senators applauded President Trump’s nomination Monday of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, where Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh is Trump’s chance to push the Supreme Court to the right. Kennedy was often a…

  • U.S. Supreme Court punts N.C. partisan redistricting challenge

    The clock on partisan gerrymandering keeps ticking. The U.S. Supreme Court, in an unsigned order issued Monday, sent lawsuits challenging the legality of North Carolina’s congressional districts back to a three-judge panel for reconsideration. The justices ordered the lower court to look at the consolidated lawsuits…

  • Living with election maps drawn by judges, statisticians 

    Courts have been dealing with gerrymandering — the redrawing of legislative district lines to further a particular political interest — for more than 50 years. Since a series of landmark cases in the 1990s, including some from North Carolina, federal judges have established and refined the principle that legislative redistricting cannot be guided…

  • 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…