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March 10, 2016

NPR: North Carolina’s Congressional Primaries Are A Mess Because Of These Maps

By Tom Bullock
NPR
 
North Carolina voters are likely to be confused when they arrive at their polling places on March 15. In addition to presidential candidates, voters will see congressional primary candidates on the ballot.
But thanks to a federal court decision, the districts those candidates represent no longer exist and any votes in those races won’t count.
Thanks to three judges, two animal shapes…

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February 15, 2016

Charlotte Observer: Voters To GOP Lawmakers: Fix The Election Maps

By Michael Gordon
The Charlotte Observer
A showdown over North Carolina’s disputed congressional district lines draws closer on Tuesday, a day after hundreds of state residents shared their opinions on a political dispute that has burned for decades.

On Friday, Republican leaders of the state legislature must submit a new election map after a three-judge federal panel ruled that two congressional districts,…

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February 15, 2016

AP: Redistricting Hearings Part of Legislature’s Backup Plan

Associated Press
 
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly may have to approve a new map refitting North Carolina’s congressional districts by the end of the week. So lawmakers are taking public comments following a recent federal court ruling striking down some of the boundaries.
A special redistricting committee scheduled seven public hearings Monday, stretching from Asheville to Wilmington.
A…

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February 1, 2016

The Washington Post: Supreme Court Rejects GOP Petition To Block New Virginia Congressional Lines

By Jenna Portnoy
The Washington Post
 
RICHMOND — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Republican members of Congress to put on hold an election map that gives Democrats a chance to pick up a seat in this year’s election.
The ruling is the latest in a series of decisions triggered last year by a panel of federal judges who said Virginia’s map illegally packed African American voters into…

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January 13, 2016

Brennan Center for Justice: Supreme Court Redistricting Case Is New Front in Voting Wars

By Victoria Bassetti
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
 
For the last decade, it’s been all about disenfranchisement via voter ID and other vote suppression tools. But after last year’s Supreme Court revisit of the “one-person, one-vote” principle, disrepresentation is trending.
 
In the lead up to the Supreme Court arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott most commentators…

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January 10, 2016

Daily Kos: A hidden cost of gerrymandering: When even competitive seats are rendered uncompetitive

By Steve Singiser
Daily Kos
 
Last week, we discussed one of the true perils of gerrymandered legislative bodies—the relative paucity of competitive districts where either party enjoys a legitimate chance of victory. Among the most egregious examples: the fact that just eight percentof the state legislative seats in North Carolina are marginal seats, despite the fact that the state was very competitive on…

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January 7, 2016

Daily Press: Judge Orders New Lines For 3rd Congressional District

By Dave Ress
Daily Press
 
A nearly quarter-century-old linking of Hampton Roads and Richmond on Capitol Hill came to an end Thursday as a federal appeals court judge ordered new lines for congressional districts in Hampton Roads, Richmond and western Tidewater.
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Albert Diaz’s order brings all of Newport News into one district.
The new lines are to be in place in time…

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January 4, 2016

Colorado Public Radio: Minority Groups Knock Redistricting Ballot Measure

By Vic Vela
Colorado Public Radio
 
A proposed ballot measure that would change the way Colorado’s political maps are drawn is being criticized by some minority groups and lawmakers.
 
Currently, the state Legislature determines Colorado’s congressional districts after each census. The ballot measure would shift that responsibility to a 12-member independent commission made up of four Democrats,…

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December 18, 2015

Wisconsin Public Radio: Federal Judges Say Gerrymandering Suit Can Continue In Wisconsin

By Shawn Johnson
Wisconsin Public Radio
 
A federal three-judge panel has ruled that a gerrymandering lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s political map can now proceed.
The state Department of Justice had asked judges to dismiss the case, but in a 24-page order, judges rejected that motion, writing that the DOJ’s arguments were “unpersuasive or premature.”
The lawsuit was brought by a group…

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December 11, 2015

Daily Press: Hopeful Signs on Redistricting Reform in Virginia, Advocates Say

By Dave Ress
Daily Press
 
The redistricting process is easy, the lawyer leading one of three legal challenges to Virginia’s gerrymandered election districts says — unless your primary objective is to protect incumbents.
Wyatt Durrette,a Republican stalwart who was the party’s nominee for governor in 1985, told a group of five dozen Peninsula business and civic leaders that he had a chance to see…

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