Politics

With the release of the ‘contingent’ congressional district maps by the Republicans, my immediate reaction upon seeing the map was an emphatic “wow.” There were some very dramatic changes to at least eleven of the thirteen districts, and the effects of such a change will be significant in this hyper-partisan election year.

ncleg.net

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly will convene a special session. Lawmakers are there to fulfill a federal court order to redraw and ratify the state’s congressional districts by the end of the week.

A special state legislative committee has approved a new Congressional district map that would dramatically alter district lines, including those that include Charlotte. The changes are required after a federal court found North Carolina’s 1st and 12th districts unconstitutional.

The Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting voted 24-11 along party lines in favor of the map, which was redrawn by Republicans. It now goes to the full General Assembly, which Gov. Pat McCrory has called into a special session Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.

South Carolina Government

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is expected to make an announcement Wednesday night of who she backs in the South Carolina GOP Primary.

Haley’s endorsement comes just days before South Carolina Republicans vote in their primary. And her pick, according to The State newspaper – Senator Marco Rubio.

Huntersville.org

Huntersville town commissioners have voted to drop out of a regional transportation group originally set up to give the Lake Norman area more clout on road and transit projects. It’s another sign of discontent over the NCDOT’s plan for toll lanes on I-77.

Michael Tomsic

North Carolinians are attacking and defending the state’s congressional districts. Lawmakers held public hearings statewide Monday in case they have to redraw the maps by Friday. A federal court has ordered them to, but they’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put that on hold.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Normally, when the Republican presidential campaigns head to the warmer weather of South Carolina, a lot of the race has been sorted. Not this year.

South Carolina Government

Now that the New Hampshire Primary is a done deal, the political circus is pulling up stakes and heading to South Carolina. First up, the Republican presidential hopefuls. They’ll make at least 14 stops across the state.

PACER.gov

North Carolina is asking a federal three-judge panel to allow voting to continue using Congressional districts now deemed unconstitutional. The state’s attorneys warn changing the districts this close to an election could lead to major problems.

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will again discuss expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include protections for LGBT individuals. But the council will not vote tonight on the provision.

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