“Law and Disorder in North Carolina”

Barry Yeoman for TAP:

This fall, in a dispute over gerrymandering, federal judges stripped North Carolina lawmakers of the power to draw their own state district lines. The decision was just the latest setback for the state’s Republican legislative leaders: Federal courts have overturned restrictions on abortion and same-sex marriage, and in 2016, halted a voting-law overhaul that, judges said, targeted African Americans “with almost surgical precision.” State judges, who are elected, have also restrained legislators: Last year, North Carolina’s Supreme Court overturned a law canceling tenure for veteran schoolteachers.

Now state lawmakers are striking back with an all-guns-blazing strategy that could serve as a national template for neutralizing the courts.

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