Greensboro

City of Greensboro

A federal judge has blocked a law redrawing the electoral map of the Greensboro City Council. 

Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed a law redistricting the council. It also makes Greensboro the only city in North Carolina barred from altering its own electoral districts or form of government in the future. The city council, along with a group of citizens, immediately challenged that law in federal court, saying it violated both state statues and U.S. Constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

City of Greensboro

Earlier this year the General Assembly passed a law redistricting Greensboro’s city council. Thursday, a federal judge will hear arguments on the constitutionality of that law. It’s expected to be a one sided affair.

Under the new law, Greensboro is the only city in North Carolina barred from altering its own electoral districts. Lawyers representing the city and a group of residents will argue this violates state statues and U.S. Constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

The defense is expected to make no arguments at all. That’s because no one has stepped forward to represent the state. The Guilford County Board of Elections has said it would be inappropriate to take a side in the case. North Carolina’s attorney general has said they will not defend the law either. The General Assembly can pay for a private attorney to argue the case, but so far has not.

City of Greensboro

On Monday, the North Carolina House overwhelmingly voted against a bill to redistrict the Greensboro City Council. Yet House members found themselves voting on the measure again Thursday, twice.

If at first you don’t succeed, take it up with a conference committee. House and Senate negotiators hastily arranged the meeting to make changes both chambers could, in theory, agree upon.

Courtesy of the NCGA

Monday, the North Carolina House will again vote on a bill to change the makeup of the Greensboro City Council. 

Greensboro Strikes Back Over Duke's Tree Trimming

Dec 20, 2012

Duke Energy has more than 90,000 miles of overhead power lines across the Carolinas, which makes for a lot of tree-trimming to keep the lines clear – and a lot of complaints about that trimming. In Greensboro, the typical frustration is shaping into a legal battle between Duke and the city.

"Vegetation management" is the technical term for it, but residents of several old neighborhoods near downtown Greensboro use other words.

"Duke Power came in and just clear-cut the area," said Jay James at a Tuesday night meeting of the Greensboro City Council.