Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMichael Wines and Richard Fausset Aug. 27, 2018 A panel of three federal judges again declared North Carolina’s congressional district map to be unconstitutional, ruling on Monday that it was gerrymandered to unfairly favor Republican candidates. The decision, which may have significant implications for control of Congress after the midterm elections, is likely to be appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which for the moment is evenly split on ideological lines without a ninth justice to tip the balance. Though North Carolina’s voters tend to divide about evenly between the two parties, Republicans currently hold 10 of the state’s 13 House seats. A redrawn district map may put more of the seats within Democrats’ reach. The three judges had ruled unanimously in … [Read more...] about Federal Court Throws Out North Carolina’s Congressional Districts, Again
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(Reuters) - A federal court ruled on Monday that North Carolina Republicans illegally drew up U.S. congressional districts in the state to benefit their party, suggesting that new lines be crafted before November’s election. The three-judge panel for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina said in a 321-page opinion that Republican legislators responsible for the map conducted unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering to dilute the impact of Democratic votes. “That is precisely what the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly sought to do here,” the opinion said. The panel gave parties until Thursday to file their recommendations to fix the problem. The decision could have national implications in this November’s battle for control of Congress. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives that could thwart Republican President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. Among … [Read more...] about U.S. court says North Carolina gerrymander is illegal, seeks new…
POLITICS 07/31/2018 12:28 pm ET Updated 51 minutes ago GOP lawmakers are trying to strip a bipartisan panel of its power to write captions for constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot this fall. By Sam Levine North Carolina lawmakers rushed back to the state capital with less than 24 hours notice last week because Republicans called for a special session to block voters from receiving more information about a wide range of proposed changes to the state constitution during this fall’s election. The proposed changes to the constitution deal with a range of important subjects that can affect voter access to the polls and impact the trajectory of state courts. This includes adding a voter photo ID requirement and restricting the ability of the state’s Democratic governor to fill vacancies on state courts and appoint people to the state election board. Current state law requires a bipartisan commission to write a short caption to … [Read more...] about North Carolina Republicans Flip Out About Voters Knowing What They’re Voting On
By Jonathan Drew Published 4:12 pm, Sunday, June 24, 2018 Photo: Chuck Liddy / Raleigh News & Observer 2016 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Demonstrators gather in 2016 in the state capital of Raleigh to protest a law that required transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings that corresponded to their sex at birth. Demonstrators gather in 2016 in the state capital of Raleigh to protest a law that required transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings that corresponded to their sex at birth. Photo: Chuck Liddy / Raleigh News & Observer 2016 ‘Bathroom bill’ dispute revived in federal court in North Carolina 1 / 1 Back to Gallery RALEIGH, N.C. — More than a year after North Carolina undid its “bathroom bill,” a legal battle is simmering over the … [Read more...] about ‘Bathroom bill’ dispute revived in federal court in North Carolina
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