House tentatively approves Asheville council districts bill

From Asheville Citizen Times RALEIGH – A bill to require that most of Asheville City Council be elected from six single-member districts passed the House 67-49 on the first of two required votes Tuesday. That probably means the way is clear

N.C. law : Woman can’t back out of sex once underway

From The Fayetteville Observer. Aaliyah Palmer was at a party when a man pulled her into a bathroom for sex. She was willing. But, she told Fayetteville police, when the sex turned violent, she told the man to stop. He

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

From NPR The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up an appeal over electoral districts in Wisconsin after a lower court ruled that the state’s Republican-drawn map constitutes an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” It’s the first time in more than

Fair Vote Town Hall

  Wednesday night’s Fair Vote Town Hall fostered spirited conversation! Panel members included Tom Ross (Former UNC President and Superior Court Judge), Chris Cooper (Chair of WCU’s Political Science Dept.), Jane Pinsky (NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform), Robert

Reform backers: Gerrrymanders threaten democracy

From the Asheville Citizen Times CLYDE – Changes in the law and more sophisticated computer technology used to draw political districts have entrenched partisan divides to the point of threatening American democracy, experts say. No more than 30 of the

GOP legislators: Not enough time for special election

From Asheville Citizen Times RALEIGH – It’s already too late to hold a special election this fall in redrawn North Carolina General Assembly districts and it could be an “enormously misguided” remedy if judges ordered one, Republican legislative leaders told the