Category: Gerrymandering

Extreme Gerrymandering & the 2018 Midterm

This comprehensive study poses a stark warning to both courts and the public. What looks to be one of the most important recent midterm elections may turn out, in fact, to show how effectively extreme gerrymandering distorts American democracy and blunts the public’s voice.

Because of maps designed to favor Republicans, Democrats would need to win by a nearly unprecedented nationwide margin in 2018 to gain control of the House of Representatives. To attain a bare majority, Democrats would likely have to win the national popular vote by nearly 11 points. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have won by such an overwhelming margin in decades. Even a strong blue wave would crash against a wall of gerrymandered maps.

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North Carolina GOP motto: If you can’t win your case, rig the courts

North Carolina Republicans have been fighting for gerrymandered districts and suppressive voting laws for years. They’ve won too many victories. But they’ve also faced major defeats, principally in court. As Republicans await adjudication of a new round of critical cases—some dealing with their outrageous power-stripping moves against Gov. Roy Cooper (D)—they’ve changed their focus from laws to judges. Republicans’ sallies against individual judges are getting bolder (and more appalling).

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The battleground keeps shifting under NC candidates. Here’s how that plays out.

Having trouble finding the rage? Try this:
A U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday reset district lines for state House and state Senate. Barring further changes, the order means districts drawn by an outside expert will be used in Cumberland, Guilford, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson and Wayne counties. A panel of federal judges hired the redistricting expert, called a “special master,” to correct unconstitutional racial gerrymanders that the court said the legislature had failed to fix.
In Wake and Mecklenburg counties, the Supreme Court decision allows districts the legislature approved last year to be used for the first time in 2018 rather than districts the expert constructed.
With no time left for the state courts to intervene or hear a new lawsuit, the illegal districts drawn mid-decade will stand.

All we have left in defense for this upcoming election is our vote.

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Voting Rights Roundup: North Carolina Supreme Court strikes down GOP’s elections board power grab

Gerrymandering: In an astonishing display of candor, NRCC chair Steve Stivers said what Republicans aren’t supposed to say about partisan gerrymandering. When asked why he thought the GOP might still maintain its House majority in November despite a Democratic-favoring midterm environment, Stivers said the quiet part aloud:
But the first reason, he says, is a factor everyone knows about, but which Republicans rarely tout out loud: “I think it starts with the congressional lines,” Stivers said, pointing to the successful gerrymandering after 2010. Later, asked whether that validates Democrats’ argument that Republicans have tilted elections to their advantage, Stivers shrugged off the criticism: “You can say that, but the people elected them.”

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The Year of Reckoning for Gerrymandering

The message from the courts and the public is clear: we need fair redistricting now.
“I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats, because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats,” Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) told his redistricting committee in February of 2016.

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In power struggle with GOP lawmakers, Cooper wins election board revamp lawsuit

Attorneys representing Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders make their arguments before a three judge panel as Cooper contests a restructuring of the State Board of Elections and the Ethics Commission. Cooper contends it takes away too much power from him and he can’t execute his duties. Legislators argue it has the authority to remake the boards.

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March
  • 01

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    03/01/2018
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Join Moving to Conservers at Coffee Carts at 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712 from 6-8 pm for a potluck and work session on the compost program.  Bring a dish to share and your own non-disposable place setting.  Coffee Carts is expecting the group & has been most welcoming.

  • 02

    4:00 pm-6:30 pm
    03/02/2018
    Brevard Brewing
    63 E Main St, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    March 02 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm  This event has been canceled.

    This week: Brevard Brewing Company, 63 East Main Street, Brevard.

    Free

    Join Transylvania Indivisible and your neighbors every other Friday afternoon to mingle, discuss current events, share ideas that matter and write postcards to legislators expressing your concerns. Postcards, postage, addresses, current-topic summaries provided! Tasty local brews, music, food (nearby!) at family-friendly venue!

    Next gathering, March 16 at location to be announced.

  • 10

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    03/10/2018
    Dupont State Forest
    Staton Rd, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, USA

    The Friends of DuPont Forest do trail work the second Saturday of every month from 9 am – 1 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  A meeting place will be announced as soon as we know March’s worksite.

  • 14

    10:00 am-10:17 am
    03/14/2018
    Brevard College
    170 College Row, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Brevard College SGA is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a#NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action.

    Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship. Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day. We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns.

    Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020. Join us in saying #ENOUGH!

  • 15

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    03/15/2018
    King Street 185
    185 King St, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Join us March 15 at 6 pm at King Street 185 for a viewing of SEED.  Bring a potluck dish and your own non-disposable place setting and join us.  The potluck starts at 6 pm.  The movie starts at 6:30 pm.

    For more information, contact Kim or John at jbwkjc@gmail.com This is a zero-waste event

     

     

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