Category Archives: Redistricting

Redistricting committee falls short on public hearing for new legislative maps

UPDATE: A seventh hearing location has been added today, an improvement, but still far short of the number of locations that should be made available to concerned citizens. See the list here. The Joint House and Senate Redistricting Committee on … Continue reading

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Bob Havely, longtime political & nonprofit consultant in NC, passes away

From Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC: “We are very saddened by the passing of Bob Havely, a well-respected political and nonprofit consultant in North Carolina. From serving in the White House, to working as director of government … Continue reading

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A call for fair maps from Greensboro

As the years have gone on, state legislatures across the country have heightened their destructive gerrymandering practices. With calculated precision, maps have been drawn to undercut the political power of minorities, safe-zone incumbents and decrease competitiveness in elections. Lawsuits and … Continue reading

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Partisan gerrymandering deprives voters of a voice in elections

This week I would like to talk about my home district, NC Congressional District 10, and how gerrymandering has produced an unfair partisan advantage there. Although I have only recently obtained the privilege to study, live and work in Raleigh … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court agrees to hear potentially landmark case on partisan gerrymandering

The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a lawsuit from Wisconsin challenging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. The case could be crucial to finally ending gerrymandering across the nation. That’s because while various court rulings have made it … Continue reading

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We need fair maps & fair elections in NC

This week, I decided to elaborate on some personal thoughts regarding recent occurrences that encompass gerrymandering in North Carolina. On May 22, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that two of North Carolina’s congressional districts were gerrymandered … Continue reading

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It’s time for more Millennials to join the fight for fair voting maps

I admit, in the face of the poor weather on that Monday, I was worried our turnout would be … less than great for the People’s Hearing on Fair Redistricting at the NC legislature. I have been to more than … Continue reading

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A glimmer of hope in the push for fair voting maps

Speaking at the People’s Hearing on Fair Redistricting at the NC General Assembly on June 5  was a great experience. While I may have been one of the few participants at the hearing who had conservative leanings, I felt the principles involved … Continue reading

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A front-row seat at the People’s Hearing on Fair Redistricting

It was an interesting first day at work for me as I began my summer internship working for Common Cause North Carolina. I was told that I would be heading down to the legislative building in downtown Raleigh to attend … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering blocks the path for college students to engage in democracy

My parents moved from the greater New York area to New Hanover County in the summer of 2014. While I’ve only spent a total of eight months in Wilmington since moving, I feel great pride in being able to call … Continue reading

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