Find the 4th NC NOW legislative update for the 2019 Long session atNorth Carolina NOW Legislative Update #4.25 February 2019.
[The week ending Feb 22, 2019,] the focus was on redistricting. Republicans decided not to appeal a court ruling that they violated the North Carolina constitution when they redrew four Wake County legislative districts in 2017. The state constitution stipulates that legislative districts must be redrawn after the decennial census. See: https://www.wral.com/republicans-won-t-appeal-ruling-striking-down-4-districts/18195577/.
A bill with bipartisan support( HB140, FAIR Act) that would amend the state constitution to prevent gerrymandering was introduced. Last week a bill was introduced to establish a non-partisan redistricting commission to draw Congressional and General Assembly district lines. The FAIR Act would require the legislature to draw the lines, but also would allow a redistricting commission to do so if one were established; therefore, the two proposals are not in conflict.
We are happy to report that the candidates who were endorsed by the NC NOW PAC in the general election did pretty well. More importantly for the future of North Carolina, the veto-proof supermajorities in the NC House and the NC Senate have been broken! The change in the NC House was known by the end of election day, 11/6/18, but it took until 11/19/18 to be sure about the NC Senate.
We evaluated how our endorsed candidates had done on Nov 10, 2018. Since then, the undecided races have been decided, but it is interesting to see which ones were that close, so that information is included with links to articles on what happened. We wish that gerrymandering hadn’t been such a powerful and deciding factor in the Congressional races.
In the NC Senate races, out of 22 endorsements, candidates took 15, lost 7 and one had not been called (Kirk DeViere) District 19, Fayetteville, but he was leading. (Update: Kirk DeViere won! See “Kirk deViere officially wins state Senate seat,” 11/19/18, Fayetteville Observer)