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Oct 7, 2019

North Carolina Republicans ask judges to uphold House remap

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Friday defended how they recently redrew state House districts after state judges ruled lines drawn two years ago were tainted by extreme partisan bias favoring the GOP. In a legal brief, the legislators’ attorneys urged the three-judge panel that last month ordered the remap of nearly […]

Sep 13, 2019

Republicans begin complying with NC redistricting order

North Carolina legislators who are redrawing dozens of General Assembly districts that judges deemed illegal partisan gerrymanders turned Monday to considering district lines generated by a key expert for those who successfully sued over the maps. The House and Senate redistricting committees met to figure how they would enact new boundaries for the 2020 election […]

Apr 2, 2019

Judges work through pretrial challenges in remapping suit

A judicial panel on Monday ruled that North Carolina Republican legislators can avoid testifying for an upcoming redistricting trial over state legislative maps. But the three judges also ruled that some of the lawmakers can’t change their minds on seeing that protection now. And they said the GOP lawmakers sued by Democrats and election reform […]

Feb 15, 2019

Redistricting reformers hopeful about legislation this year

Lawmakers who want to reform the redistricting process in North Carolina say uncertainty over pending map litigation and the shaky balance of power at the legislature make them more optimistic their ideas will be voted on this year. House Democrats and Republicans filed legislation on Wednesday that would create an 11-member “nonpartisan” redistricting commission. The […]

Nov 14, 2018

Excessive partisanship claimed in North Carolina maps suit

Yet another redistricting lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina, this one challenging General Assembly boundaries that Democrats and election reform advocates say remain illegally tainted by excessive favoritism toward Republicans. Common Cause North Carolina, the state Democratic Party and more than 20 Democratic and unaffiliated voters sued GOP mapmakers Tuesday in Wake County court. [&hellip[...]

Mar 26, 2018

Another key redistricting case goes in front of high court

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court has already heard a major case about political line-drawing that has the potential to reshape American politics. Now, before even deciding that one, the court is taking up another similar case. The arguments justices will hear March 28 in the second case, a Republican challenge to a Democratic-leaning congressional district in […]

Oct 9, 2017

House to OK redistricting, outlook in Senate hazy

Legislators in the North Carolina House of Representatives are barreling ahead with plans to redraw the state’s judicial and prosecutorial districts despite pleas from stakeholders across the legal system asking them take a more deliberative approach to the major overhaul of district lines. House Bill 717 cleared the House Rules Committee on Oct. 4 and […]

Jul 6, 2016

Elections — Court Overturns Local Redistricting Plans

Raleigh Wake Citizens Ass’n v. Wake County Board of Elections (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-119-16, 59 pp.) (Wynn, J.) No. 16-1270, July 1, 2016; USDC at Raleigh, N.C. (Dever, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: In two consolidated cases, the 4th Circuit reverses a district court’s rejection of plaintiff voters’ claims that some Wake County, North Carolina, school […]

Feb 11, 2016

Elections – Redistricting – Civil Rights – VRA – Racial Gerrymander

Harris v. McCrory (Lawyers Weekly No. 003-004-16, 100 pp.) ((Roger Gregory, J.) (Max Cogburn, J., concurring) (William Osteen, J., concurring in part & dissenting in part) 1:13-cv-00949; M.D.N.C. Holding: Based on plaintiffs’ direct and circumstantial evidence that the General Assembly assigned race a priority over all other districting factors in drawing congressional districts 1 and [&hell[...]

Dec 22, 2015

Elections – Constitutional – Redistricting – Alabama – Voting Rights Act

Dickson v. Rucho (Lawyers Weekly No. 15-06-1143, 129 pp.) (Paul Newby, J.) (Cheri Beasley, J., joined by Robin Hudson & Sam Ervin IV, JJ., concurring in part & dissenting in part) On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court. N.C. S. Ct. Holding: Even though the three-judge panel erred when it applied strict scrutiny without making […]

Aug 31, 2015

N. Carolina justices take another look at 2011 redistricting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has brought foes over how North Carolina congressional and General Assembly boundaries were drawn back to North Carolina’s highest court. The state’s justices were scheduled to hear arguments Monday in redistricting lawsuits filed nearly four years ago by Democratic voters and civil rights and election advocacy groups. There’s [...]

Jun 30, 2015

Court ruling spurs backers’ hopes for redistricting changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of House districts are hoping their Supreme Court victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines. But Republicans scoffed that Monday’s 5-4 decision upholding Arizona’s independent redistricting commission would have little impact. With the GOP’s current House majorit[...]

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