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Federal Judges Won’t Delay Requiring North Carolina Remap

Judges who struck down North Carolina’s congressional map for excessive partisanship have refused to delay their order telling Republican state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. Tuesday’s decision by the three-judge federal panel was expected, given that the judges wrote 200-plus pages last week explaining why the boundaries are illegal political gerrymanders violating the U.S. Constitution. GOP legislators already have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the order’s enforcement. That request is pending. The lower-court judges wrote the lawmakers failed to meet their burden to justify delaying the order. The lawmakers cited cases already before the...

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Advocates: Judges’ Redistricting Order Shouldn’t Be Delayed

Advocacy groups and voters who’ve successfully sued so far in throwing out North Carolina’s congressional districts because of partisan gerrymandering say federal judges shouldn’t delay their order directing the legislature to draw new lines by next week. Republican legislative leaders have asked both the three-judge panel that ruled against them and the U.S. Supreme Court to block the rewrite order while similar Wisconsin and Maryland cases are settled by Supreme Court justices. Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and others on Friday told the three judges GOP lawmakers are making arguments nearly identical to those the judges rejected...

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North Carolina Republicans Ask Supreme Court to Block Redraw

North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block enforcement of an order throwing out the state’s congressional map because the lines were too partisan. The lawmakers’ attorneys filed a motion Friday with Chief Justice John Roberts seeking delay of the lower court judges’ directive that the General Assembly draw a replacement map by Jan. 24. The emergency request says a redraw weeks before congressional candidate filing begins for the November election would create uncertainty among voters and potential candidates. And it also notes that it doesn’t make sense for North Carolina to redraw its...

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North Carolina GOP Lawmakers Seek Congressional Ruling Delay

North Carolina Republican legislators have started trying to block a federal court ruling ordering them to draw new congressional districts because the judges said the GOP went too far to protect its partisan advantage with the current boundaries. Lawyers for legislative leaders filed a request Thursday asking a three-judge panel to delay enforcement of their ruling filed this week directing lawmakers approve a new map by Jan. 24. The judges’ decision found illegal partisan gerrymandering in the 2016 congressional map from which Republicans won 10 of the state’s 13 seats. Republicans could face trouble retaining a few of those...

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North Carolina Lawmakers Back at Work, No New GenX Deal Yet

The North Carolina legislature returned to work Wednesday, passing a few simple bills but finishing with Republicans unable to agree on more immediate action for water quality challenges intensified since disclosure of the discharge of a little-studied chemical into a river. The House and Senate gaveled in at midday for a work session for the first time in nearly three months, with Republicans completing a slim agenda of confirming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s appointments to the state Utilities Commission and Board of Agriculture. A handful of appointments by House Speaker Tim Moore also gained approval. The House also voted...

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GOP Vows to Fight Ruling on North Carolina House Districts

 A federal court’s decision to strike down North Carolina’s congressional map has cast uncertainty over the state’s 2018 U.S. House races and thrust the state into a national debate over reducing the role of partisanship in drawing electoral districts. The state’s Republican leaders have vowed to seek a delay to the court’s order that they draw new district lines in the coming weeks. Because partisan gerrymandering cases from other states are before the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices may postpone the effect of the North Carolina ruling. Either way, Tuesday’s court decision is expected to affect how the state...

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General Assembly Coming Back to Town for Appointments, GenX

The North Carolina legislature is meeting for the first time in nearly three months, with lawmakers aiming to pass laws addressing water quality and approving appointments to state boards and commissions. The General Assembly reconvenes its session at midday Wednesday, with work initially expected to last only one day. But there’s talk that they will leave the session officially open for the next week or two in case they must redraw legislative districts or if the House and Senate reach a deal on judicial reforms. The drinking water legislation expected before a House committee Wednesday is in response to...

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Judges: North Carolina Must Redraw GOP’s Gerrymandered Map

Federal judges now agree that North Carolina’s congressional district map drawn by Republicans is illegally gerrymandered, excessively partisan, and must quickly be redone. The three judges ruled late Tuesday that the boundaries violate the U.S. Constitution because they were designed to benefit Republican candidates at the expense of non-Republican voters. Republican mapmakers made clear in 2016 that they wanted to retain the GOP’s 10-3 seat advantage in the congressional delegation. The judges gave the legislature about two weeks to come up with a replacement. Candidate filing is supposed to begin Feb. 12. There’s a good chance Republicans will try...

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Bipartisan Bill Would Expand North Carolina ID Theft Laws

Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein and a key Republican legislator say expanded identity theft laws are needed in North Carolina to alert the public about increasing security breaches and to make it easier for them to protect themselves. Stein and Rep. Jason Saine of Lincolnton announced Monday a bill would be filed during the General Assembly’s work session in May that requires businesses to let Stein’s office and affected consumers know of a breach within 15 days. Current law isn’t specific on a time. The public also would get more free credit reports, as well as credit monitoring if...

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Man Charged in Shooting Originally Thought to be Accident

Authorities say a North Carolina man has been charged in a fatal target shooting that was originally reported as an accident. The News & Record of Greensboro reports that an Alamance County Sheriff’s Office news release says 41-year-old Stephen Adrian Ferriell was arrested Friday and charged with obstruction of justice and voluntary manslaughter. Authorities say the charges stem from the 2016 shooting death of Robert Nelson Gilley II, who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest while the two men were target shooting. The newspaper did not report on if Ferriell has a...

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