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 north carolina s landmark ruling against partisan gerrymanders
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.

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

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

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 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

north carolina's general assembly districts are unconstitutional gerrymanders, t

The Supreme Court struck down the 2011 state legislative maps, but also blocked a court order to hold special elections.

why wisconsin is not a democracy

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule in a landmark partisan gerrymandering case, in which I am the named plaintiff. At a trial in front of three federal judges, two of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, the evidence clearly established that Wisconsin has one of the most partisan — perhaps the most partisan — legislative gerrymanders in the nation. As the trial court found, this gerrymander effectively guarantees Republican control of both houses of the Wisconsin legislature for a decade, no matter what happens in Wisconsin elections. It also guarantees that Republicans will control the legislature that drafts the next apportionment after the 2020 census, perpetuating the problem into the next decade and beyond. The trial court found that this “entrenchment” of Republican control was

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

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...

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

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

assistant professor of biomedical engineering

Department: Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
Institution: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University is a rapidly growing enterprise which is one of the fastest growing are-as of study, research, and employment in the State of North Carolina. We are moving into new space on campus and expanding our faculty and class offerings.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

north carolina county leaders say second cyberattack failed

A North Carolina county recovering from a cyberattack says hackers failed in a second attempt to infiltrate their computer system.

assistant professor - chemical engineering

Department: College of Engineering
Institution: North Carolina A&T State University
The College of Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University invites applications and nominations for Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. North Carolina A&T State University is a public land grant university that enrolls almost 12,000 students. The College of Engineering, with over 1,800 students, has 5 Doctoral programs, 8 Masters of Science De...
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assistant professor of bioengineering

Department: College of Engineering
Institution: North Carolina A&T State University
The College of Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University invites applications and nominations for Assistant Professor of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering. North Carolina A&T State University is a public land grant university that enrolls almost 12,000 students. The College of Engineering, with over 1,800 students, has 5 Doctoral programs,...
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the supreme court takes on partisan gerrymandering

The legal challenge to Wisconsin’s State Assembly maps could deliver a landmark precedent.

north carolina's 'bathroom bill' to cost $3.76 billion

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state's economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town's amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state's biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The gr

outer banks power outages could last weeks

Vacationers on two of North Carolina's Outer Banks islands were forced to evacuate due to power outages that have put a damper on the area's summer vacation season.The problem worsened after a construction company damaged underground power cables while building a bridge in the area. According to a statement by the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, PCL Construction drove a steel casing into transmission cables on July 27. Since, the electric cooperative has been working to splice the cables back together and build a new, overhead transmission line. It is pursuing both options at once in order to get work done as quickly as possible.North CarolinaGenerators Arrive as 10,000 Tourists Evacuate North Carolina IslandsNorth CarolinaGenerators Arrive as 10,000 Tourists Evacuate North Carolina Is

final four: north carolina beat gonzaga to win ncaa title

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dunks late in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  NCAA Photos/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.It was, in North Carolina's words, a redemption tour — filled with extra time on the practice court and the weight room, all fueled by a devastating loss in last year's title game on Kr

north carolina lift ncaa basketball title with win over gonzaga

North Carolina made up for last year's title-decider heartbreak by putting together a late run to overhaul Gonzaga 71-65 in the final of the NCAA men's basketball championship.Trailing 65-63 with less than two minutes remaining, North Carolina ended the contest with an 8-0 spurt to pull clear of their fellow top-seeded opponents.
The North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Photo: Getty ImagesThe triumph at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona came in sharp contrast to the scenes of utter dejection a year ago when the Tar Heels fell to Villanova on a buzzer-beater in Houston, Texas."They wanted redemption," North Carolina coach Roy Williams told reporters after claiming his third career national title."I told my team with three minutes le

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