“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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The N.C.A.A. "upheld penalties against Louisville’s men’s basketball program related to a sex scandal involving players, recruits and prostitutes, and ordered the university to forfeit dozens of victories, including its 2013 national championship." Andre McGee, a former Louisville player serving on the basketball staff in 2013, solicited an escort service that he used to entertain recruits in an on-campus dormitory. Louisville officials called the decision "wrong." It is the first time the N.C.A.A. has stripped a program of the national championship.
"The Trump administration is failing to hire law enforcement personnel to enforce immigration laws despite a significant push to do so, according to new Homeland Security Department documents. The hiring of new deportation officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped in half to just 371 total in 2017, according to information provided to potential vendors for a contract to help ICE boost hiring."