A quick update on what has been happening with the redistricting hearings and court sessions this week.

The First NCGA Committee Hearing on Re-Districting

Key takeaways:

The GOP will be using Dr Hofeller as a private consultant again. Private as in the Democratic members of the committee will not have access to him for questioning. Dr. Hofeller drew the current unconstitutional maps and will be drawing the new maps.

There will be several (3) public hearings (listening sessions, not Q&A) for the public to provide comment. There will also be an online portal for public comment, and a website with access to maps submitted for review.
http://www.ncleg.net/applications/rfc/Redistricting.aspx…

The GOP chairs expect to have resolution on the re-drawn maps by mid-November, but more on that below.

In addition, David Lewis was asked point blank if there were any other drafts of maps in existence other than the Common Cause NC proposed maps, that the committee may not be aware of, and David Lewis’ answer was NO.

There will be 2 email accounts set up to accept public comment: 2017senateredistricting@ncleg.net and 2017houseredistricting@ncleg.net

Below you can find video from the meeting:

The first NCGA Committee Hearing on Re-Districting. Key takeaways: The GOP will be using Dr Hofeller as a private consultant again. Private as in the Democratic members of the committee will not have access to him for questioning. Dr. Hofeller drew the current unconstitutional maps and will be drawing the new maps. There will be several (3) public hearings (listening sessions, not Q&A) for the public to provide comment. There will also be an online portal for public comment, and a website with access to maps submitted for review. http://www.ncleg.net/applications/rfc/Redistricting.aspx?id=23The GOP chairs expect to have resolution on the re-drawn maps by mid-November. We should hope that the court dictates in tomorrow's hearing that a shorter timeline is prudent and also that an independent commission will be appointed if the committee can not adhere to a shorter window.In addition, David Lewis was asked point blank if there were any other drafts of maps in existence other than the Common Cause NC proposed maps, that the committee may not be aware of, and David Lewis' answer was NO. There will be 2 email accounts set up by tomorrow to accept public comment: 2017senateredistricting@ ncleg.net and 2017houseredistricting@ ncleg.net

Posted by Stronger North Carolina on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 

Covington Court Hearing

No definitive resolution came out of the Covington court hearing on Thursday afternoon. The defendants who were representing the General Assembly were reprimanded for not taking the timelines for drawing new maps seriously enough.

The News & Observer has a good summary here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article164028932.html

Here is a quick summary from Corey Williams on what she learned attending the hearing today:

Update on Covington remedy

Posted by Corey Bennett Williams on Thursday, July 27, 2017