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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 12:47 PM

NC GOP officials to appeal gerrymandering ruling to Supreme Court

Source: The Hill




BY LYDIA WHEELER - 01/12/18 11:39 AM EST

North Carolina Republicans are appealing to the Supreme Court a federal district court’s decision to strike down the state’s congressional voter map.

Robert Rucho, chairman of the state’s Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session, and other state officials filed a notice of their appeal to the Supreme Court late Thursday.

A three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled Tuesday that the state’s 2016 redistricting plan constituted an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and said the state's districts need to be redrawn before the 2018 midterm elections.

In the majority opinion, Judge James Wynn, who sits on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, said the state’s General Assembly “enacted the plan with the intent of discriminating against voters who favored non-Republican candidates” and ordered a new map be drawn by 5 p.m. on Jan. 24.


Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/368722-nc-gop-officials-to-appeal-gerrymandering-ruling-to-supreme-court

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Reply NC GOP officials to appeal gerrymandering ruling to Supreme Court (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2018 OP
Turbineguy Jan 2018 #1
bucolic_frolic Jan 2018 #2
maxrandb Jan 2018 #3
C Moon Jan 2018 #4
Scalded Nun Jan 2018 #5
appal_jack Jan 2018 #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 12:51 PM

1. Seems reasonable

Old fashioned cheating is just a lot of work!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 12:51 PM

2. The challenge to Pennsylvania's gerrymandered voting districts was thrown out yesterday

so these NC guys probably think they'll go along with that and leave NC's new plan alone, iow, throw out the court's ruling in this case.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 12:56 PM

3. Hmmm, I wonder what side "Go-Suck" will come down on?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 01:00 PM

4. 'Damn judges. How the hell are we supposed to win unfairly?'

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:29 PM

5. While I would love to see the Dems take over both houses

It is so critical for the Senate to flip. The judicial branch has been turned into a GOP sledgehammer. We won't get true change until a Dem president returns but we can at least stop the bleeding.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 06:16 PM

6. This is the NC GOP trying to void elections forever.

An illegally-gerrymandered legislature wants to keep its power despite voters being against them, and they are trying to rig the courts at the state level with a gerrymandered judge elections scheme as well.

If the US Supreme Court fails to dismiss the NC GOP appeal, democracy of any sort will be finished in North Carolina. The Republican Legislature will choose its voters, and cement their decisions by also choosing the judges who will review their laws.

k&r,

-app

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