north carolina legislature

North Carolina may have fairer congressional districts by 2020

October 10, 2019 - The same court that recently ordered fair districts for the state's legislative elections will soon hear a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's congressional districts for being too partisan. The plaintiffs want an expedited trial, since a GOP legislator openly stated that the current map was drawn to elect 10 Republicans out of 13 districts in a state that's almost evenly divided along party lines.

There's still hope to stop partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina

June 28, 2019 - Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to address partisan gerrymandering, North Carolina courts this summer could decide if the extreme partisan manipulation of legislative districts violates the state constitution. Files that belonged to a deceased redistricting guru could shed light on the process, but the parties to the lawsuit are arguing over access to them. 

The end of the N.C. legislature's war on judicial independence?

June 6, 2019 - North Carolina's courts have been in the crosshairs of the Republican-controlled legislature for years, with bills introduced to gerrymander judges, pack the bench, and manipulate judicial elections. But last week, lawmakers quickly restored a controversial cut to the chief justice's budget, suggesting the era of GOP judicial power grabs may be over.

Why I joined Moral Monday

June 7, 2013 - North Carolina leaders are dismissing demonstrations that have brought thousands to Raleigh and resulted in more than 300 arrests for peaceful civil disobedience. But the concerns that are fueling the Moral Monday movement won't go away anytime soon.