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“Can the Courts End Racial Gerrymandering?”

To the Point: The Constitution requires that the boundaries of congressional districts be re-drawn every 10 years, according to the latest census.  In 2010, Republicans won control of legislatures all over the country—and those GOP lawmakers then collectively increased their … Continue reading ?

Steve Toth for Congress

(Paul Mirengoff) Charlie Cook rates Texas’ Eighth Congressional District as the fourth most conservative House district in the country. It went heavily for Ted Cruz in his race 2012 primary race against David Dewhurst. Yet TX-8 is represented by Kevin Brady, recipient of a 55 percent rating this Congress by Heritage Action. Show More Summary

The value of majority-minority Congressional districts

2 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

When arguing about gerrymandering on social media, it never fails that someone will pipe up and declare that boundaries should be radically simplified, and neither race nor political parties be considered. The arguments get even testier when majority-minority districts are discussed. Show More Summary

Links 2/9/16

Links for you. Science: The District’s Reported HIV Cases Are Down For The Seventh Consecutive Year (yet Congressional Republicans continue to try to stop D.C.’s needle exchange) CSR Head Nakamura Makes Bizarre Pronouncement To Prevent Zika Birth Defects, CDC Suggests … Continue reading ?

U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell not to seek re-election

U.S. Representative Scott Rigell (R) announces that he will not seek re-election to the 2nd Congressional District of Virginia in 2016, saying he is "at peace about coming home."

Morning Digest: North Carolina's congressional map gets struck down, but Dems shouldn't get excited

Leading Off: ? NC Redistricting: Late on Friday afternoon, a federal court hearing a challenge to North Carolina's congressional map found that Republicans drew two districts, the 1st and the 12th, in violation of the constitution because they'd impermissibly used race as the "predominant consideration" in creating both seats. Show More Summary

North Carolina's congressional map gets struck down in court, but Democrats shouldn't get hopes up

A federal district court just  struck down  North Carolina’s extreme congressional gerrymander over the impermissible use of race.  It held that Republican legislators violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by using race...Show More Summary

“Questions abound after judges invalidate 2 NC congressional districts”

Charlotte Observer: The day after a panel of federal judges invalidated two of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts, state elections officials were working on a Saturday afternoon to encourage voters with absentee ballots to vote the full ballot anyway. Kim … Continue reading ?

Oops! US Democrats Admit Errors in Iowa Caucus Tally

US Democratic Party officials have acknowledged errors in the final tally of the Iowa Caucus results for the state's Congressional District Convention ahead of the US presidential election, local media reported Saturday.

North Carolina Will Appeal Racial Gerrymandering Case Involving Congressional Districts

See here. I expect the state’s lawyers are spending the weekend drafting an emergency motion to SCOTUS to stay this ruling for the March election, given that absentee ballots are already out. I would not at all be surprised to see … Continue reading ?

Federal Court Invalidates 2 NC Districts For Racial Gerrymandering

Voter suppression gets a blow as as a federal court panel ruled on Friday that two of North Carolina’s congressional districts were racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Judge orders two North Carolina congressional districts redrawn due to racial gerrymandering

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Two of North Carolina’s congressional districts were racially gerrymandered in a 2011 redistricting and must be redrawn within two weeks, a U.S. appeals court panel ruled on Friday. The order written by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger Gregory bars elections in the majority black...

Federal court declares two NC Congressional Districts racially gerrymandered

And they've got two weeks to fix it: After careful consideration of all evidence presented during a three-day bench trial, the parties’ findings of fact and conclusions of law, the parties’ arguments, and the applicable law, the Court...Show More Summary

3-Judge Federal Court Strikes Down 2 North Carolina Congressional Districts as Racial Gerrymanders

The 100 pages of opinions are here. One of the three judges dissented as to one of the two districts. If North Carolina wishes, it could seek direct Supreme Court review. There is already a Virginia case raising similar issues … Continue reading ?

Sex trafficking, public transit and crime: Things you worry about when the Super Bowl is held in your congressional district

Rep. Michael Honda has the opportunity of a lifetime: watch the Super Bowl in his own congressional district. But if the San Jose Democrat has his way, he won't be at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. He'd rather be in a security command center in Santa Clara, making sure everything goes smoothly. He even...

Supreme Court rejects GOP petition to block new Virginia congressional lines

The decision was welcomed by Democrats, who stood to benefit from a map that increases the number of black voters in a district that stretches from Richmond to Norfolk.

GOP's Dold leads 10th congressional district Democratic rivals in campaign fundraising

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, a Republican from Kenilworth, leads Democratic rivals in fundraising in the 10th Congressional District, new campaign reports show. Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi far outpaces other candidates for the open seat in the 8th Congressional District. Two Democrats are vying...

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