Tag: Redistricting

Home Redistricting
Post

MITCH KOKAI: Now is no time to return redistricting to the shade

New maps proposed for 2020 legislative elections emerged from the most open, transparent process North Carolina ever has used to draw election lines. It would be a shame to see those maps tossed out through a process that lacks the same degree of transparency. But that opaque outcome remains a distinct possibility. It depends on...

Election Delay?
Post

Election Delay?

With 2020 primaries quickly approaching, the State Board of Elections says it will need contested election maps by early December. In early September, the three-judge panel in Common Cause v. Lewis ordered the General Assembly to draw new maps for the state’s 2020 elections, after ruling several of the districts unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. The General Assembly submitted the...

Post

ANDY JACKSON: Common Cause brief exposes their partisan intent

Not satisfied with the results of court-ordered redistricting on September 17, a national progressive group is trying to force a redrawing of some of North Carolina’s legislative districts further in favor of Democrats. Common Cause, a national progressive organization whose major donors include George Soros and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is one of the main plaintiffs in...

Maps Challenged Again
Post

Maps Challenged Again

Defendants in Common Cause v. Lewis spurned plaintiffs’ objections to their new 2020 House election maps, claiming the objections “appear to be the product of the partisan goals of the North Carolina Democratic Party.” Plaintiffs last week accused House Republicans of partisan bias in five separate county groupings, arguing for a referee to redraw them. But in their 43-page brief filed...

Democrats Tell Courts To Reject New Maps
Post

Democrats Tell Courts To Reject New Maps

North Carolina’s 2020 election maps created by House members may not stand up to court scrutiny. That’s what plaintiffs in Common Cause v. Lewis argue in a brief they filed Friday, Sept. 27, in Superior Court. Plaintiffs found partisan bias in five of the county groupings redrawn by the House. Specifically, they found four of the five...

HOOD: Conservatives Should Favor Redistricting Reform
Post

HOOD: Conservatives Should Favor Redistricting Reform

In the twilight of his political career, Ronald Reagan made the media rounds to discuss his administration, legacy, and unfinished business. During several of these interviews, Reagan went out of his way to criticize the longtime practice of gerrymandering electoral districts for partisan advantage.

North Carolina and America’s Redistricting Problem
Post

North Carolina and America’s Redistricting Problem

The battle continues to loom over North Carolina’s redistricting process. In the most recent chapter of the saga, a federal three-judge panel struck down NC’s congressional maps as a product of political gerrymandering. After being thrown out though, there isn’t much direction on how to proceed, leaving things in limbo, ultimately waiting on a decision...

No Delay on Judicial Ruling
Post

No Delay on Judicial Ruling

This is not surprising.  These judges wanted to send a message and delaying the ruling delays the message… The judges who struck down North Carolina’s congressional map for excessive partisanship that favored Republicans refused Tuesday to delay their order telling GOP state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. The denial by the three-judge...

The Bravery of the Wilmington Star News
Post

The Bravery of the Wilmington Star News

One of my all-time favorite quotes is from tennis player Vitas Gerulatis.  After losing 16 matches in a row to Jimmy Connors Gerulatis finally picked up a W.  In the post-match press conference Gerultais confidently said, “Let that be a lesson to you all, Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.”  Apparently, the Wilmington...