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 federal judges invalidate north carolina congressional map deeming it unconstitutionally gerrymandered
federal judges invalidate north carolina congressional map, deeming it unconstit

A panel of federal judges invalidated North Carolina’s congressional map Tuesday, ruling the districts drawn by the state’s Republican legislature constituted illegal gerrymandering in violation of the Constitution’s equal-protection clause. The court ordered the state to redraw the map before congressional midterm elections later this year.
“We agree with plaintiffs that a wealth of evidence proves the General Assembly’s intent to ‘subordinate’ the interests of non-Republican voters and ‘entrench’ Republican domination of the state’s congressional delegation,” Judge James A. Wynn Jr., an Obama appointee, wrote in a 205-page opinion. Wynn went on to say the Republicans’ “plan achieved the General Assembly’s discriminatory partisan objective.” According to the order, at the time when the c

federal judges invalidate north carolina congressional map, deeming it unconstit

A panel of federal judges invalidated North Carolina’s congressional map Tuesday, ruling the districts drawn by the state’s Republican legislature constituted illegal gerrymandering in violation of the Constitution’s equal-protection clause. The court ordered the state to redraw the map before congressional midterm elections later this year.
“We agree with plaintiffs that a wealth of evidence proves the General Assembly’s intent to ‘subordinate’ the interests of non-Republican voters and ‘entrench’ Republican domination of the state’s congressional delegation,” Judge James A. Wynn Jr., an Obama appointee, wrote in a 205-page opinion. Wynn went on to say the Republicans’ “plan achieved the General Assembly’s discriminatory partisan objective.” According to the order, at the time when the c

meet the australian lawyer trying to fix the us electoral system a vote at a tim

New York: An Australian lawyer, who led a successful court case last week that ruled Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered North Carolina congressional districts to guarantee their electoral victory, describes the win as evidence of "a huge problem" within the American electoral system.Ruth Greenwood, a graduate of Sydney University's law school, led legal arguments that three federal judges agreed showed North Carolina's electoral map is rigged in favour of the Republican Party.
Australian Ruth Greenwood and her husband Nick cut their wedding cake. Photo: Supplied"This is democracy," Greenwood who is senior legal counsel for the voting advocacy group Campaign Legal Centre in Chicago, says.Gerrymandering describes the practice of drawing electoral maps in a way that strings togeth

meet the australian lawyer trying to fix the us electoral system a vote at a tim

New York: An Australian lawyer, who led a successful court case last week that ruled Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered North Carolina congressional districts to guarantee their electoral victory, describes the win as evidence of "a huge problem" within the American electoral system.Ruth Greenwood, a graduate of Sydney University's law school, led legal arguments that three federal judges agreed showed North Carolina's electoral map is rigged in favour of the Republican Party.
Australian Ruth Greenwood and her husband Nick cut their wedding cake. Photo: Supplied"This is democracy," Greenwood who is senior legal counsel for the voting advocacy group Campaign Legal Centre in Chicago, says.Gerrymandering describes the practice of drawing electoral maps in a way that strings togeth

gerrymandering: north carolina ordered to redraw voting maps

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Federal judges have ruled that North Carolina’s congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave the GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats and must quickly be redone.The ruling late Tuesday marks the second time this decade that the GOP’s congressional boundaries in the state have been thrown out by a three-judge panel. In 2016, another panel tossed out two majority black congressional districts initially drawn in 2011, saying there was no justification for using race as the predominant factor in forming them. The redrawn map was the basis for a new round of lawsuits.The latest lawsuit — filed by election advocacy groups and Democrats — said the replacement for the racial gerrymander als

presstv-ruling confirms anti-hispanic bias by texas reps.

A panel of federal judges in the US state of Texas have ruled that the state’s legislature had violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by intentionally drawing congressional maps that unconstitutionally discriminated against Hispanic voters.In their 2-1 ruling on Friday night, district court judges in the city of San Antonio further ordered the legislature to redraw congressional maps in three Texas districts that were racially gerrymandered by Republicans in efforts to undermined the growing electoral power of minorities.The two judges who ruled in favor of the plaintiffs further found that Republican lawmakers repeatedly tried to dilute the political power of Latino voters by either packing them into one specific district, or dividing communities between separate districts -- a proce

north carolina gop files bill voiding same-sex marriage

Three Republican lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to outlaw same-sex marriage within North Carolina.House Bill 780, otherwise known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act," says the United States Supreme Court "overstepped its constitutional bounds" when it negated an amendment of North Carolina's constitution in its 2015 landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.If passed, North Carolina's new bill would invalidate same-sex marriage, reportedly including marriages that have already been officiated — both in and out of the state — despite the Supreme Court's ruling.The bill's main sponsors are Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, who in the filed bill cite a 61% affirmative vote for Article 14, Section 6 of the state's constitution t

north carolina court orders special master in redistricting case

Today, a three judge panel in the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ordered [official website; order] the appointment of a special master to evaluate nine redrawn districts. The North Carolina General Assembly redrew the districts over the summer after a unanimous panel concluded that twenty-eight districts were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment [LII materials]; a ruling affirmed [SCOTUSBlog Materials] by the Supreme Court. The court summarized the...

north carolina's landmark ruling against partisan gerrymanders

Judges said redistricting designed to elect Republicans violated the Constitution, the first time a federal court has come to that conclusion.

president trump’s new judicial nominee is ‘moral poison’

IDEASThe Rev. Barber is co-chair of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.President Donald Trump’s pick for a lifetime seat on the federal bench in North Carolina is the latest sign of how our politics have descended. A white man with a 30-year record of white supremacy receiving the unqualified support of the President and our state’s two U.S. senators, while two qualified African-American women cannot even get a hearing, is not merely bad politics. It is moral poison. More than 50 years after the passage of the now-defunct Voting Rights Act, how can North Carolina still be stuck in this moral ditch?One prime reason is Thomas Farr, the Raleigh attorney Trump nominated for a judicial appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

supreme court affirms north carolina redistricting order

(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down 28 state House and Senate districts in North Carolina because they violated the rights of black voters. But the justices rejected the court's order to redraw the districts and hold a special election.The action by the justices Monday sends the matter back to the lower court, which could order new districts in time for the regular cycle of elections in 2018.Democrats hope new district maps will help them break the Republican stranglehold on the state legislature.Democrats need to capture three House seats or six Senate seats currently held by Republicans to eliminate the GOP's veto-proof majorities. That would enhance the power of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.A panel of three federal judges in North Carolina tha

notorious for a reason

On Tuesday, a federal district court made history by striking down North Carolina’s congressional map. The decision marks the first time a court has invalidated a congressional redistricting scheme as illegally gerrymandering along partisan lines. It arrives at a critical moment for the development of a legal theory that requires federal courts to set limits on political redistricting. Tuesday’s rigorous ruling bolsters the constitutional case against partisan gerrymandering, which the Supreme Court may well affirm this year. It relies heavily on the writing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who aided opponents of gerrymandering in a crucial but often overlooked 2015 opinion.
There’s no question that North Carolina Republicans manipulated their state’s congressional map to disfavor Democrat

scotus rejects gerrymandered districts, cites racial bias

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presstv-us court rejects district maps in n carolina

The US Supreme Court has rejected two congressional district maps in the state of North Carolina, saying Republican legislators illegally used race to draw up the boundaries. The top court ruled on Monday that the maps for two of the North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were predominantly racial and the state had failed to offer a compelling justification.The court stated that the redrawn electoral boundaries had deliberately targeted minority voters to diminish their political power, arguing that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in two districts with the aim to dilute the strength of voters.Calling the move "a watershed moment in the fight to end racial gerrymandering," former attorney general Eric Holder

supreme court discusses sex offender's social media ban

Packingham's lawyer David Goldberg argues that the ban covers "vast swaths" of core First Amendment speech, even parts that have nothing to do with preventing child abuse. He agrees that social media ban as a condition of parole is reasonable, but a lifetime ban is a denial of free speech. Goldberg's argument has led to the discussion of whether it's possible to live these days without Facebook or Twitter, especially since numerous politicians use them religiously. "This has become a crucially important channel of political communication," Justice Elena Kagan said. She reasoned that under North Carolina's social media ban "a person couldn't go onto those sites and find out what these members of our government are thinking or saying or doing." The justices also questioned the North Carolina

supreme court strikes down north carolina gerrymandering

North Carolina Republican leaders may be radicalized to an alarming degree, but they’re also competent enough to achieve their goals. It’s not easy, for example, to take a state where voters are roughly divided evenly between the parties, and then draw the congressional district lines so that Republicans hold 10 of the state’s 13 seats, turning roughly 50% of the vote into 77% of the power.That is, however, precisely what GOP officials in North Carolina did in one of the most ridiculous contemporary examples of gerrymandering in the country. It’s also a map that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down yesterday as illegal.The full ruling in Cooper v. Harris is online here. Note that the majority included the court’s four center-left jurists – Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Breyer – who were un

supreme court says laws can’t ban people from social media

The Supreme Court has ruled that groups of people cannot be hit with blanket social media bans, doing so in response to a North Carolina law prohibiting sex offenders from using any websites that minors may also use. The entire matter started when one North Carolina resident reportedly ran afoul of the law by posting a Facebook status. In its analysis of the issue, the Supreme Court judges found that wholesale social media bans applied to certain groups is a First Amendment violation.The argument in favor of North Carolina’s social media ban is that registered sex offenders may use such platforms to engage with or otherwise be in proximity with (digitally, that is) minors. The law had many critics, however, who argued that that such an outright ban was excessive and would hinder a person’s

the supreme court finds north carolina's racial gerrymandering unconstitutional

The justices end a six-year fight over 2011 congressional maps that diluted black voting strength in the state.

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clay aiken celebrates north carolina overturning controversial hb2 'bathroom bil

Clay Aiken voiced his support for a deal North Carolina lawmakers reached on Thursday (March 30) to repeal the state's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill" that limited transgender peoples' rights to use restrooms matching their gender identity."Never underestimate the power of college basketball in the state of #NC    - So long #HB2 #HB2Repeal," Aiken tweeted after the state's House passed the bill 70-48 and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed it into law. Aiken is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the state's 2nd congressional district election.When HB2 was passed last March under former Gov. Pat McCrory, it received a massive political and financial backlash that included a face-off between the basketball-loving state and the NCAA. The NCAA responded

supreme court turns down north carolina...

NBC’s Pete Williams reports on the Supreme Court’s refusal to consider an appeal to a 2013 North Carolina voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country.

infosys plans 2,000 new tech jobs in north carolina by 2021

India-based Infosys, an information technology outsourcing firm, announced Thursday it will hire 2,000 workers over the next four years for a technology hub in North Carolina, the second of four planned hubs in the U.S.

north carolina county's ransomware recovery will take days

A North Carolina county was working Thursday on the lengthy process of fixing its computer systems after refusing to pay off a hacker who used ransomware to freeze dozens of local government servers.

wednesday's campaign round-up, 8.16.17 | msnbc

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.* In Utah’s 3rd congressional districts, Provo Mayor John Curtis won the GOP’s special election primary yesterday, and given the district’s partisan leanings, is now the favorite to succeed former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) in Congress.* Despite the fact that his preferred candidate came in second in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary yesterday, Donald Trump this morning took credit for Sen. Luther Strange (R) picking up “a lot of additional support” thanks to the presidential endorsement.* It looks like some Texas lines will need to be redrawn: “Federal judges invalidated two Texas congressional districts Tuesday, ruling that they must be fixed by either the Legislature or a federal court. A three-judge panel in San

chinese tiremaker picks north carolina site for major plant - mdjonline.com

A Chinese tiremaker is moving more aggressively into the U.S. market, announcing plans Tuesday for a North Carolina factory that is to eventually employ 800 and produce six million tires a year.Start the conversation, or Read more at MDJonline.com.

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