From the Asheville Citizen Times…
North Carolina Republican legislative leaders balked again Friday at having an outside expert redraw some House and Senate district boundaries and argued lines approved over the summer by the General Assembly should stay untouched for next year’s elections.
Federal judges directed a special master to come up with new lines by Dec. 1 in some targeted areas of the state where they’ve suggested problems with racial bias and state constitutional violations may still reside.
But as with maps they first approved in 2011, the three-judge panel hasn’t yet formally struck down specific districts that lawmakers remade in 2017. Instead, the judges asked Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily to come up with proposed changes for review before they rule. Candidate filing begins in mid-February.
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