Politics & Government
5:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Justice Cheri Beasley Unofficially Wins Re-Count In Race For NC Supreme Court

Justice Cheri Beasley
Credit Justice Cheri Beasley Committee

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley has won a re-count to keep her seat against  Winston-Salem attorney Mike Robinson, according to certified State Board of Elections results.

Beasley, endorsed by Democrats in the non-partisan race for the state’s highest court, gained a net of 17 votes in the re-count, keeping a narrow lead of 0.22 percent of ballots cast, the unofficial results show.

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The State of Things
12:38 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Redistricting: Who Draws The Lines?

Voting map
Credit North Charleston via Flickr


In 1964, the Supreme Court held that the voting power of each individual should be equal. But do current voting districts reflect the principle of “one person, one vote”?

Two former North Carolina mayors have joined a coalition seeking to put the power to draw voting districts in the hands of a non partisan commission.

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Politics & Government
5:43 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Battle Over Redistricting Lands In State Supreme Court


Opponents of the legislative and congressional districts drawn in 2011 by the General Assembly argued in court today that those boundaries should be thrown out.

The effort to scrap the new legislative and congressional boundaries landed in the state Supreme Court today. Attorneys for groups from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to the state NAACP told justices the boundaries for the newly drawn maps are unconstitutional. They want the court to postpone the candidate filing period for this year's elections as well as the May sixth primary date.

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Politics & Government
11:31 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Court Upholds N.C. District Maps

North Carolina's newest Congressional districts.
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RALEIGH, N.C. - A three-judge panel on Monday upheld the boundaries for North Carolina's legislative and congressional seats drawn by Republicans, saying the lines don't damage constitutional rights of citizens.

The Superior Court judges, in a unanimous 171-page decision, rejected the arguments of Democratic voters, civil rights groups and election advocates who sued over the lines and argued they were racial gerrymanders.

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The State of Things
11:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Putting A Stop To Gerrymandering

North Carolina's Congressional District 12 in 1992.

In 2010, when Republicans won control of the state House and Senate, they radically redrew voting districts in favor of their own party.  In previous elections, Democrats have done the same.  Now, there's a bipartisan effort in the state House of Representatives to reform the redistricting process.

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Redistricting Objections Back In Court

North Carolina's newest Congressional districts are among those up for debate in Wake County Superior Court Monday and Tuesday.
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A panel of judges is set to hear arguments Monday about whether to uphold or reject North Carolina's newest legislative and congressional districts.

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Politics & Government
4:00 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Redistricting Lawsuit Proceeds

A three-judge panel is allowing two lawsuits against the Republican-drawn redistricting maps to go forward.

Politics & Government
6:05 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Judges Hear Arguments in Redistricting Case

Judges heard more than three hours' worth of arguments yesterday over litigation challenging newly drawn congressional and legislative maps.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Redistricting Foes Ask to Delay Primary

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over newly drawn maps for legislative and congressional districts want to delay the state's May primary until July.

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Politics & Government
6:40 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Lawmakers Pass Redistricting Corrections

State lawmakers have voted to restore omissions in redistricting maps that left out about half a million voters.

Lawmakers voted mostly along party lines yesterday to pass bills that restored the missing census blocks. A software problem in the program used to draw the maps caused the issues. Republican representative David Lewis said debating these bills is completely unlike the heated discussions over drawing the maps earlier this year.

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