Lawmakers said they ignored race in redrawing the state's congressional districts and focused exclusively on party affiliation, yet the result is the same: divided communities and rigged elections that continue to deny North Carolina voters of their constitutional right to have a voice in choosing their representatives.
"I am thrilled the Supreme Court has granted our request to review the redistricting decision and that Wisconsin will have an opportunity to defend its redistricting process", Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, said in a statement. As Daily Kos notes, the Wisconsin GOP took a sweeping majority in the Assembly in 2012 even though Obama carried the state by seven points and more total votes went to Democratic candidates for state-lawmaker offices that Republicans.
"We find that Act 43 was meant to burden the representational rights of Democratic voters throughout the decennial period by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats", wrote Circuit Judge Kenneth Ripple in the lower district court ruling.
"Drawing new district lines in states with the most redistricting activity presented the opportunity to solidify conservative policymaking at the state level and maintain a Republican stronghold in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade", read the report.
Last year, the Illinois Supreme Court blocked the latest citizen initiative attempting to put a referendum before state voters that would permit them to change the Constitution to allow a bipartisan commission to perform redistricting instead of the Legislature.
The court said both the First Amendment and the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection prohibit redistricting plans that make it harder for members of a disfavored political party to elect their candidates and that can not be justified on legitimate grounds.
The Supreme Court is taking on a case about partisan advantage in redistricting that could affect elections across the United States.
It is a common practice for state legislatures to redraw voting districts to confer an advantage on the governing party.
The Supreme Court has weighed in on the issue of race and congressional district-drawing, most recently last month when it rejected two North Carolina districts, as The Two-Way reported. The justices have neverstruck down a state's electoral map because it was unfairly partisan, though they have outlawed gerrymandering along racial lines.
As it now stands in the courts, the groups who control the map-drawing process can help to sustain their dominance and engineer the political agenda. But "while some might find it distasteful, our prior decisions have made clear that a jurisdiction may engage in constitutional political gerrymandering".
In the 2016 congressional election, more Virginians voted for Democrats than Republicans by a scant margin - 1,859,426 to 1,843,010 - but those votes resulted in the seven-four Republican majority.
Republicans argue they are successful because they run better candidates in a state that is trending Republican.
Last year, a citizen-led group in IL collected over half a million signatures to get a question on the general election ballot to change the state constitution, allowing for an independent commission to oversee the map-making process.
The state appealed to the supreme court, arguing that recent election results favoring Republicans were "a reflection of Wisconsin's natural political geography", with Democrats concentrated in urban areas including Milwaukee and Madison. In 2014, Republicans won 52 percent of the vote and increased their state assembly majority to 63 seats.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that states can not gerrymander districts in an effort to reduce the influence of minority voters.
If the user decides not to leave a rating or a review, they won't have to see it over and over again every time they open the app. But the concern from developers may be the loss of control over when, or how often, that prompt is presented.
The HomePod is integrated with Apple Music which makes it possible to listen to wide array of 40 million songs from its library. And Apple's biggest consumer hits - such as the iPhone or the iPod - haven't historically been the first in their category.
Nicholas Castellanos hit an RBI double to drive in Jose Iglesias , who'd reached on an infield single with one out. Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after a stint on the 10-day DL with a sprained left wrist.
With China still yet to open, it may still have an okay shot at avoiding red ink for Fox but it is not a hit by any measure. Another prediction exceeded was that of The Mummy , which did even worse in Wonder Woman's wake than originally expected.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain announced on Sunday that it had created hotlines to help mixed families with Qatari members. The Kuwaiti foreign minister said in the statement that his country is "determined to find a solution to the current dilemma".
Experts have consistently warned, however, that North Korea is slowly but surely working toward developing an ICBM . The trial was the first meant to replicate the flight profile of an ICBM that could be deployed by North Korea .
Gasoline stockpiles booked a drop of 2.9 million barrels last week, compared with a fall of 800,000 barrels in the previous week. In fact, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said that he sees global supply reaching the five-year average by the end of the year.
After Yanez reached Castile's driver's side window, roughly 30 seconds passed before Yanez fired his weapon. The officer testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.
The original Life is unusual was a graphic episodic adventure game developed by Square Enix , and was critically acclaimed. Given the trailer's tone and theme, we think they've nailed the same feel regardless.
The SCO is comprised of China, Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as full members. He further said that Islamabad is not unfamiliar with the working of the SCO but, it has a lot to learn.
Mkhwebane to oppose Zuma's review of state capture report
South African bonds weakened on Monday afternoon in line with the rand, which in turn, was affected by local political concerns. ANCYL President Collin Maine says they are willing to work with Mkhwebane to ensure the money is paid back.
The high cost of displacement due to war, violence
People internally displaced are defined as still living in their home country, but have nowhere to actually live. It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million, reports the BBC.
Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which ruled 9-3 previous year that "the First Amendment protects even hurtful speech". Alito rejected arguments that the government has an interest in preventing speech that is offensive to certain groups.
Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review
Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, June 18, 2017 . Obviously the Portugal side has the best player in the entire tournament with the ineffable Cristiano Ronaldo .
McIlroy, Day try to make up ground, make cut at US Open
Fowler, who drew a fortunate early tee time for round one, teed off at 7:51 a.m local time with Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm . Just look at the hole location sheet for the day's play on Friday; nearly all of them are hidden away near the edge of greens.
Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators
Trump responded to the Post story Thursday morning with a tweet once again denouncing the investigation as a witch-hunt. Feinstein also is a member of the Senate Intelligence committee, which is conducting its own Russian Federation probe.
Trump 'ready to testify' over Comey conversations
Trump also saluted the United States' relationship with Romania and praised its contribution to the global fight against terror. Legal experts and pundits say that, along with the firing of Comey itself, could amount to obstruction of justice.
Sony fires at Xbox with arsenal of big PS4 games
Once again, like Minecraft , PlayStation platforms is missing from the list, and the reason is same again: SONY REFUSED . We'll have more info about the release date of the free 4K update and Super Duper Graphics Pack DLC closer to release.
Gunman Identified In Congressional Shooting
Elected in 2008, he represents a district in Louisiana that includes New Orleans suburbs and the southwest part of the state. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Congressman Darin LaHood, R-Ill., also issued statements praising the first responders.
Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5
If the Stanley Cup Final were played exclusively in Pittsburgh , it may have been one of the most lopsided series of all time . Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances.