By their own admission Republican lawmakers have purposefully drawn the state’s election maps in favor of their own party, sending 10 Republicans and just three Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives.
The House has approved a stopgap measure to fund the government through mid-February, but Senate Democrats seem dissatisfied. They want concessions including deportation protection for some young immigrants before giving their vote.
Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC politics reporter Rusty Jacobs about the significance of the Federal Courts ruling that North Carolina's congressional maps are unconstitutional.
Federal judges ruled yesterday that the state's congressional districts drawn by Republican lawmakers are too partisan. They described them as drawn to “entrench Republican domination of the state’s congressional delegation.” This ruling marks the first time a federal court has struck down a congressional map on those grounds.