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N.C. Republican Party Snags Presidential Hopeful Gov. Scott Walker For State Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 05:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The man national Republicans believe will be the next to jump into the presidential race will appear at the state Republican Party's convention this summer.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be a featured speaker at the June 5-7 convention in Raleigh. The party announced the governor's appearance on Tuesday.

Other  confirmed speakers include entrepreneur Donald Trump and former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton.

Republicans will choose their next state leader at the convention. Current chairman Claude Pope has announced he will not seek a second term.

Democrats already have a new leader in place. Patsy Keever took the helm earlier this year as the Democrats work on rebuilding a fractured party structure.

 
Supreme Court Orders Review of North Carolina Redistricting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.

The justices ordered the state Supreme Court to consider anew whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census.

The high court issued a similar ruling last month involving a complaint from black Alabama Democrats that the Republican-dominated legislature illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts.

In Alabama, the justices said a lower court used the wrong test when it upheld legislative districts and determined that race was not the primary motivating factor in drawing boundary lines.

The Supreme Court said judges in North Carolina must revisit their ruling in light of the Alabama decision.

In both states, Republicans strengthened their grip on power through redistricting.

Election and civil rights advocacy groups and Democratic voters in North Carolina sued over the maps and argued that lawmakers created oddly shaped districts to create clusters of Democratic-leaning black voters. The redrawing of the map had the effect of benefiting Republicans elsewhere in the state. Republicans said the districts were lawful and designed to protect the state from legal claims under the federal Voting Rights Act.

The case is Dickson v. Rucho, 14-839.

 
State Democrats Fundraise Off Of Supreme Court Order On North Carolina Redistricting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following the U.S. Supreme Court order that the North Carolina Supreme Court review again the redrawn election maps created by state Republicans, state Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy Keever issued the following fundraising email


"The U.S. Supreme Court just sent our redistricting case back to the NC Supreme Court.  This is good news for Democrats.

Our State Supreme Court will now review the case and apply the standards of the Alabama case, which overturned race-based legislative districts.

This will give us more competitive legislative races and will allow us to elect more Democrats to the legislature.  Help us prepare for this victory.  
 

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We can't do this without you.

Sincerely,

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Statement From Rep. David Lewis and Sen. Bob Rucho On Redistricting Order PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:19

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following the U.S. Supreme Court order that the North Carolina Supreme Court review again the redrawn election maps created by state Republicans, Representative David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), Chairmen of House and Senate Redistricting Committees, released the following joint statement:


“Since 2011, every court that has issued an opinion and the Obama Justice Department has reached the same conclusion – North Carolina’s redistricting maps are constitutional. Today’s procedural ruling is not unexpected and we are confident that our state Supreme Court will once again arrive at the same result and the U.S. Supreme Court will affirm its decision.”

The two legislators also offered this background to the case:

"Today the U.S. Supreme Court gave the N.C. Supreme Court the opportunity to consider the impact of its recent ruling in Alabama on North Carolina’s redistricting case. The Alabama case is significantly different from the North Carolina case because it was based on a claim against the State of Alabama regarding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act that alleged their redistricting maps resulted in fewer minorities serving in the state legislature than otherwise would be expected. North Carolina’s case involves a substantially different argument using Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. And unlike in Alabama, the outcome of North Carolina’s redistricting plan has been the election of a record number of minorities to the N.C. General Assembly – including the leaders of the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses. While the U.S. Supreme Court has simply issued a procedural order calling for further review of North Carolina’s case, it has not issued any opinion. Its action is not substantive and offers no indication of how it might rule on the merits of the North Carolina case.

 A majority-Democrat judicial panel unanimously ruled that congressional and legislative redistricting maps passed by the General Assembly in 2011 meet all applicable standards of federal and state law. Its decision was upheld by the N.C. Supreme Court."

 
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