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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April
  • 19

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    04/19/2018
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Community Compost Raising

    You have heard of a barn raising.
    Join us for a community drop-off
    compost raising!

    When: April 19th at 6 pm

    Where: Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC

    Hosted by: Moving to Conservers

    All are welcome! Please join us!

    We will be constructing a community
    compost drop-off site at Coffee Carts
    and celebrate with a community potluck!
    Bring a dish to share and your own
    non-disposable place setting. This is
    a zero-waste event.

    For more information email jbwkjc@gmail.com

  • 28

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    04/28/2018

    The annual spring plant sale by the Transylvania Master Gardeners, The Transylvania Garden Club, The French Broad Garden Club and the Heritage Museum will be held Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Brevard Ingles parking lot on Asheville Highway. This will be the second year in this location and it allows very easy access and plenty of parking for customers.

    The annual plant sale raises funds to support gardening and landscape projects throughout Transylvania Count including the Master Gardeners projects including those at Silvermont and the Pisgah Ranger Station and scholarships provided by the garden clubs.

    Come early for the best selection from a large variety of high quality, locally raised perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Local gardeners also will be on hand to offer advice.

    The plant sale takes place rain or shine. Admission is free.

    For more information, contact the Transylvania County Extension office, (828) 884-3109 or mmickew@ncsu.edu.

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