Maps in limbo (again)
News reports indicate that the filing period for candidates running for statewide office in 2020 opens Dec. 2 at noon. But a panel of state superior court judges will meet that day at 9 a.m. to consider the next steps for North Carolina’s Congressional maps.
The court's panel advises that no one can file to run for U.S. House until the court says so. The state’s primary election is scheduled for March 3.
Under orders from a three-judge superior court panel, General Assembly Republicans were forced to redraw the Congressional map earlier this month. The outcome was this: Before the redraw NC Republicans held 10 of 13 US Congressional seats. After, the margin was reduced to 8-5, Republicans. Are Democrats satisfied at 8-5? No. The Eric Holder-led legal team that sued to force another round of redistricting sent the “new” map back to court. And the ruling? Re-draw, again. Wilson Democrat G.K. Butterfield had the audacity to say the map will not be “fair” until it’s 6-7, or even better, 7-6 for the Dems.