Lawsuit already filed before district maps are approved

Interest groups have already filed lawsuits to block approval of new redistricting maps for North Carolina. The maps are still in development with several legislative map proposals having been presented to the public in recent hearings. In a motion filed Friday, Oct. 29. the Southern Coalition for Justice is leading the lawsuit for the North...

Donna King

The U.S. Justice Department just lurched further left; don’t give it more power

The U.S. Senate voted 51-48 on May 25 to confirm Kristen Clarke to head the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division. She will lead a Civil Rights Division (CRD) of the DOJ that has become less a race-neutral enforcer of civil rights laws and more a government wing of progressive organizations. A bill...

Andy Jackson

Lt. Gov. Robinson, Barber offer stark contrasts on voting and race in Congressional hearing

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson testified in Washington D.C. Thursday, passionately arguing that people of all races and backgrounds are fully capable of obtaining voter identification and participating in a secure voting system. “It’s time that we modernize our election system in this country and stop playing all these silly games based on race, and please...

Dallas Woodhouse

A fight that’s not worth having

If you can’t beat ‘em, sue ‘em. It has been the default setting of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his liberal allies even before the governor took office 14 months ago.  Any time the Republican-led General Assembly moved to assert its authority, the Left has given a simple response: See you in court.  So far,...

Rick Henderson

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Voting Rights Act decision creates minority districts in Jones County

Black plaintiffs won an out-of-court settlement in a Voting Rights Act case that will create two minority single-member voting districts in Jones County. The action was announced Thursday by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and law firms representing four plaintiffs against the Jones County Board of Commissioners, county manager, and...

Dan Way

Analysts find discussions of incumbency, race in redistricting debate unusual

Republicans want to protect their supermajority in the General Assembly. No surprise there. What does have political analysts talking is how openly GOP leaders have stated that as a goal as they draw new, court-ordered legislative maps. Earlier this year, a federal three-judge panel ordered lawmakers to scrap 28 districts that were racially gerrymandered. The...

Dan Way

Redistricting forum pushes need to inform public of ‘problem’

North Carolina’s legislative and congressional districts are ensnared in several court fights, and a conference sponsored by Common Cause examined a host of issues surrounding those battles. But the conference, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy in early March, focused on raising public awareness of perceived problems surrounding gerrymandering — and encouraging even more...

Sam A. Hieb

They’re Legal: GOP Prevails On New Election Maps

Rick Henderson on court rulings impacting NC election law; legislators debate Commerce Dept. reorganization; legislators react to audits of NC licensing boards; John Blondell on Margaret Thatcher's legacy; JLF's Jon Sanders on need to sunset regulations

Rick Henderson, Jon Sanders