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Judges Deny Stay Request for North Carolina Congressional Map

The Supreme Court rejected a request to review a Texas partisan gerrymandering case.

Jan. 17, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

“The judges who struck down North Carolina’s congressional map for excessive partisanship that favored Republicans refused Tuesday to delay their order telling GOP state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. The denial by the three-judge federal panel was expected. … Barring a delay by the U.S. Supreme Court—which Republican legislators also have sought and their request is pending—the legislature will be required to redraw its map for North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts by Jan. 24.” (AP)

TEXAS. “On Tuesday the Supreme Court rejected the Texas Democrats attempt to get the Court to review it claims alleging Republicans used partisan gerrymandering in 2013 to hurt Democrats at the ballot box. That decision comes after Friday’s decision in which the court agreed to take up an appeal from organizations representing African-Americans and Latinos that accuse Texas Republicans of using racial gerrymandering to dilute minority representation. The oral arguments related to the racial gerrymandering claims is set for April.” (Houston Chronicle)

OHIO. “State lawmakers have a proposed constitutional amendment to work with as they continue to discuss changing Ohio’s process for drawing congressional districts. State Sen. Matt Huffman (R) introduced the resolution. “The plan, outlined in the proposed constitutional amendment, would give lawmakers the first crack at drawing a congressional map before passing it on to a seven-member redistricting commission that will draw the Statehouse legislative districts. A map would need to pass with three-fifths of the vote in each chamber, including one-third of the legislators in the minority party.” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

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