“Emails Show Trump Officials Consulted With GOP Strategist On Citizenship Question”

NPR: A prominent GOP redistricting strategist had direct communication with an adviser to the Trump administration concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, newly released emails show….The administration’s now-former adviser on census issues, Mark Neuman, however, … Continue reading

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Ghost of Tom Hofeller: Republican Legislator Keeps Leaving North Carolina Legislative Meeting for Secret Consultations in Redrawing the State’s Congressional Districts Under Threat of Court Order

Daniel Jacobson: MORE DETAILS: every time Hise leaves, he asks for 7 copies of the latest version of the map to be printed. And one of the times this morning, he said “they” want to see what a particular map … Continue reading

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3-Judge North Carolina State Court Blocks Use of NC Congressional Districts as Likely Partisan Gerrymanders; Approves New Legislative Maps for State District Elections: What It Means and What Is Next?

Today a three-judge considering partisan gerrymanders under the North Carolina state constitution issued two orders. In one order, the court approved the North Carolina General Assembly’s maps for state legislative district lines passed after the court had earlier found a … Continue reading

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Same Three-Judge State Court in North Carolina That Found State Legislative Districts to Be Partisan Gerrymanders Assigned to Handle Case Over North Carolina Congressional Districts

Big development: JUST IN: The same three-judge panel that presided over Common Cause v. Lewis (partisan gerrymandering case over 2017 #ncga maps) has been appointed to hear the g/m case over the congressional maps #ncpol— Melissa Boughton (@mel_bough) October 2, … Continue reading

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“New Report Highlights Arizona as a Model for Redistricting Reform Nationwide”

Ash Center: Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at Harvard Kennedy School released “The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: One State’s Model for Gerrymandering Reform,” a new report detailing the lessons learned from Arizona’s innovative … Continue reading

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Must Read: Hofeller Files, Leaked to David Daley in New Yorker, Show Use of Race in Gerrymandering and Considering Impact of Voter ID

Blockbuster: Hofeller did not follow his own advice. Before his death, in August, 2018, he saved at least seventy thousand files and several years of e-mails. A review of those records and e-mails—which were recently obtained first by The New Yorker—raises new … Continue reading

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What’s Going to Happen with a Challenge to North Carolina’s Congressional District Partisan Gerrymander? Two Significant Hurdles to a Lawsuit.

Democrats are now pondering a state court challenge to North Carolina’s partisan gerrymandering of the state’s 13 congressional districts, following a state court ruling that the state legislative districts are a partisan gerrymander. The U.S. Supreme Court in the Rucho … Continue reading

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Breaking: Unanimous State Court in North Carolina Holds State Legislative Districts Are Unconstitutional Partisan Gerrymanders Under State Constitution; What It Means and What Comes Next

You can find the 357-page unanimous ruling at this link. Given the state Supreme Court has a 6-1 Democratic majority (including now Justice Anita Earls), this ruling could well be upheld on appeal. This is a huge development that will … Continue reading

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