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When it comes to North Carolina redistricting, the handwriting is on the wall. The old system for producing legislative and congressional districts is going away.
When it comes to North Carolina redistricting, the handwriting is on the wall. The old system for producing legislative and congressional districts is going away.
 
An 18-member legislative committee will start work Tuesday, Nov. 5, on a new N.C. congressional map for the 2020 election. A court called for the new map one week ago.
An 18-member legislative committee will start work Tuesday, Nov. 5, on a new N.C. congressional map for the 2020 election. A court called for the new map one week ago.
 
N.C. lawmakers are once again haggling over how to begin drawing new voter maps. This time, North Carolina’s congressional districts are at stake.
N.C. lawmakers are once again haggling over how to begin drawing new voter maps. This time, North Carolina’s congressional districts are at stake.
 
Don’t retire the lottery machines just yet. Experts say the General Assembly may soon enter another round of map redraws.
Don’t retire the lottery machines just yet. Experts say the General Assembly may soon enter another round of map redraws.
 
If asked to identify our biggest problem today in one word how would you answer? My word would be trust.

Trust

 
If asked to identify our biggest problem today in one word how would you answer? My word would be trust.
 
Following the Common Cause v. Lewis decision last month ordering the General Assembly to redraw legislative districts, I noted that the left may find results of their victory underwhelming.
Following the Common Cause v. Lewis decision last month ordering the General Assembly to redraw legislative districts, I noted that the left may find results of their victory underwhelming.
 
If the General Assembly learned anything from recent decades of redistricting battles, it’s that the map-drawing process needs a thorough overhaul.
If the General Assembly learned anything from recent decades of redistricting battles, it’s that the map-drawing process needs a thorough overhaul.
 
I have written about gerrymandering in these pages before, but the recent Superior Court ruling that the state’s legislative districts constitute an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander makes me want to do it again.
I have written about gerrymandering in these pages before, but the recent Superior Court ruling that the state’s legislative districts constitute an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander makes me want to do it again.
 
Redistricting calls for leadership, and now is the time for reform.
 
New maps proposed for 2020 legislative elections emerged from the most open, transparent process North Carolina ever has used to draw election lines.
New maps proposed for 2020 legislative elections emerged from the most open, transparent process North Carolina ever has used to draw election lines.
 
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.”
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.”
 
North Carolina’s 2020 election maps created by House members may not stand up to court scrutiny.
North Carolina’s 2020 election maps created by House members may not stand up to court scrutiny.
 
The redistricting court in Common Cause v. Lewis issued several strict guidelines last month to the General Assembly on how to draft its new 2020 election maps. But will the court’s appointed referee have to follow the same rules?
The redistricting court in Common Cause v. Lewis issued several strict guidelines last month to the General Assembly on how to draft its new 2020 election maps. But will the court’s appointed referee have to follow the same rules?
 
Go ahead and try to “Sue ‘til you’re blue.” That’s what leading Republicans said to the Democrats going to court over partisan gerrymanders in North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts.
Go ahead and try to “Sue ‘til you’re blue.” That’s what leading Republicans said to the Democrats going to court over partisan gerrymanders in North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts.
 
The North Carolina Republican Party has filed public records requests into the seven House Democrats on the Redistricting Committee as well as House Minority Leader Darren Jackson and Rep. Grier Martin.
The North Carolina Republican Party has filed public records requests into the seven House Democrats on the Redistricting Committee as well as House Minority Leader Darren Jackson and Rep. Grier Martin.
 
One down. One to go. The House passed a new district map, and it’s on its way to the Senate.
One down. One to go. The House passed a new district map, and it’s on its way to the Senate.
 
North Carolina lawmakers have just nine days to draw new voter district maps. They’re off to a rough start.
North Carolina lawmakers have just nine days to draw new voter district maps. They’re off to a rough start.
 
I remember when the inherent boredom of redistricting was a laugh line.
I remember when the inherent boredom of redistricting was a laugh line.
 
A court ruling will force N.C. lawmakers to redraw state House and Senate election maps for 2020. Regardless of how that process plays out, the state will need another set of new maps in 2021.
A court ruling will force N.C. lawmakers to redraw state House and Senate election maps for 2020. Regardless of how that process plays out, the state will need another set of new maps in 2021.
 
A three-judge N.C. Superior Court panel has tossed out North Carolina’s election maps for state House and Senate districts. The court has ordered state lawmakers to draw new maps in two weeks.
A three-judge N.C. Superior Court panel has tossed out North Carolina’s election maps for state House and Senate districts. The court has ordered state lawmakers to draw new maps in two weeks.
 
The Republican-led N.C. General Assembly must draw new state House and Senate district maps, a court has ruled.
The Republican-led N.C. General Assembly must draw new state House and Senate district maps, a court has ruled.
 
Judges in the Common Cause v. Lewis election redistricting trial must answer a relatively simple question: Does the N.C. Constitution limit partisan gerrymandering?
Judges in the Common Cause v. Lewis election redistricting trial must answer a relatively simple question: Does the N.C. Constitution limit partisan gerrymandering?
 
Whatever the three-judge Superior Court panel decides about  Common Cause v. Lewis, a challenge to the constitutionality of North Carolina’s legislative districts, is relevant only if the plaintiffs win.
Whatever the three-judge Superior Court panel decides about  Common Cause v. Lewis, a challenge to the constitutionality of North Carolina’s legislative districts, is relevant only if the plaintiffs win.
 
As a three-judge panel heard a second week of testimony in Common Cause v. Lewis, defense attorneys and witnesses tried to cast doubt on the ability of statistical analysis to predict how North Carolinians would vote in legislative elections.
As a three-judge panel heard a second week of testimony in Common Cause v. Lewis, defense attorneys and witnesses tried to cast doubt on the ability of statistical analysis to predict how North Carolinians would vote in legislative elections.
 
Most debate about gerrymandering reform focuses on partisan outcomes. Reformers argue that objectionable election maps favor one major political party while hurting the other.
Most debate about gerrymandering reform focuses on partisan outcomes. Reformers argue that objectionable election maps favor one major political party while hurting the other.
 
Before mounting a defense in the Common Cause v. Lewis partisan gerrymandering trial, one lawmaker has issued a news release hinting at arguments he and fellow defendants are likely to make.
Before mounting a defense in the Common Cause v. Lewis partisan gerrymandering trial, one lawmaker has issued a news release hinting at arguments he and fellow defendants are likely to make.
 
Partisan gerrymandering returns to state court Monday, July 15, for a battle that could stretch over weeks.
Partisan gerrymandering returns to state court Monday, July 15, for a battle that could stretch over weeks.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in North Carolina’s high-profile partisan gerrymandering case offered an excellent lesson about the limits of judicial power. It’s a lesson that should come in handy soon for state judges.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in North Carolina’s high-profile partisan gerrymandering case offered an excellent lesson about the limits of judicial power. It’s a lesson that should come in handy soon for state judges.
 
In a landmark victory for N.C. Republican lawmakers, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gerrymandered congressional districts are a political issue, which federal courts should not decide as a matter of law.
In a landmark victory for N.C. Republican lawmakers, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gerrymandered congressional districts are a political issue, which federal courts should not decide as a matter of law.
 
Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment after today’s Supreme Court ruling on North Carolina’s gerrymandered districts:
Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment after today’s Supreme Court ruling on North Carolina’s gerrymandered districts:
 
U.S. Supreme Court justices peppered lawyers with plenty of questions during the latest arguments over North Carolina’s congressional election map. This observer would have liked to have heard even more queries.
U.S. Supreme Court justices peppered lawyers with plenty of questions during the latest arguments over North Carolina’s congressional election map. This observer would have liked to have heard even more queries.
 
Perhaps it’s fitting that North Carolina’s gerrymandering fight returns to the national stage during the same week that major-league baseball teams return to action.
Perhaps it’s fitting that North Carolina’s gerrymandering fight returns to the national stage during the same week that major-league baseball teams return to action.
 
In the twilight of his political career, Ronald Reagan made the media rounds to discuss his administration, legacy, and unfinished business
In the twilight of his political career, Ronald Reagan made the media rounds to discuss his administration, legacy, and unfinished business
 
If the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to drop the topic of partisan gerrymandering, a legal brief filed this month on behalf of N.C. legislative leaders could help bolster their decision
If the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to drop the topic of partisan gerrymandering, a legal brief filed this month on behalf of N.C. legislative leaders could help bolster their decision
 
Attorneys arguing congressional redistricting cases from North Carolina and Maryland say they'll offer U.S. Supreme Court justices an array of legal theories, hoping one will stick and the court will rule extreme partisan redistricting plans unconstitutional
Attorneys arguing congressional redistricting cases from North Carolina and Maryland say they'll offer U.S. Supreme Court justices an array of legal theories, hoping one will stick and the court will rule extreme partisan redistricting plans unconstitutional
 
2019 was only four days old when we got the announcement the U.S. Supreme Court was going to hear arguments on North Carolina's redistricting lawsuit in March. Once again, our state will be in the political spotlight.
2019 was only four days old when we got the announcement the U.S. Supreme Court was going to hear arguments on North Carolina's redistricting lawsuit in March. Once again, our state will be in the political spotlight.
 
A three-judge Superior Court panel agreed with the NAACP and other plaintiffs that the General Assembly violated the state constitution's prohibition on changing legislative district boundaries in the middle of a decade
A three-judge Superior Court panel agreed with the NAACP and other plaintiffs that the General Assembly violated the state constitution's prohibition on changing legislative district boundaries in the middle of a decade
 
Many are saying that the November 6 elections are all about Trump, a referendum either affirming or refuting his leadership
Many are saying that the November 6 elections are all about Trump, a referendum either affirming or refuting his leadership
 
North Carolina politics can be exhausting. The past few weeks have brought us wrangling over redistricting and constitutional amendments, conflicts between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers over disaster relief and a gas-pipeline fund, and a mob of protesters toppling the Silent Sam statue
North Carolina politics can be exhausting. The past few weeks have brought us wrangling over redistricting and constitutional amendments, conflicts between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers over disaster relief and a gas-pipeline fund, and a mob of protesters toppling the Silent Sam statue
 
A handful of lawsuits which threatened to upend North Carolina's November elections resolved quietly over the past few days
A handful of lawsuits which threatened to upend North Carolina's November elections resolved quietly over the past few days
 
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