At the heart of the case is the fact that a large number of legislative districts were already closed in 2017 after federal courts ruled it illegal to discriminate against black voters. However, Republicans who were elected under the unconstitutional maps used their majorities to place their amendments on the ballot the following year, when they were finally approved by voters.
The plaintiffs, who are backed by the NAACP, made the unusual — but not unprecedented — argument that the GOP’s sweeping illegal action made the Legislature a “usurper” in what was legally North Carolina’s It lacked the power to amend the basic governing document because it had “lost its. claim to popular sovereignty.” A lower court agreed, striking down the two amendments in 2019, but a 2-1 Republican majority on the state Court of Appeals overturned that ruling along party lines in 2020, prompting the plaintiffs to appeal to the state Supreme Court. .
The majority was sympathetic to the plaintiffs’ claims, stating that the state constitution “applicable[d] Limitations on an improperly constituted legislature to initiate the process of constitutional amendment. However, this sent the case back to the trial court, ordering the judge to determine whether the GOP owes its majority to the undistricted maps and whether the amendments discriminate against the same types of voters who were discriminated against by the original gerrymandering in the first place. . It is likely that the trial court will find that the answer to these questions is “yes” and once again reject the amendments.
The dissent raised angry speculation about the majority’s intentions, and Republicans reacted with predictable fury. State House Speaker Tim Moore denounced the decision as a “judicial coup” and vowed to continue fighting the decision, which could potentially mean an appeal to the US Supreme Court.
They will also have an opportunity to reject this decision through the ballot box. In November, there are two Democratic seats on the state Supreme Court: Democrat Justice Sam Ervin IV faces Republican attorney Trey Allen, while Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman takes on an open Democratic seat against a fellow Court of Appeals judge. Trying to do, Republican Richard Dietz. If Republicans win either seat, they will regain the court majority they lost in 2016, paving the way for reversals not only in this case but in many others.
● N.V.-Sen: Sure to be a recurring theme in Republican ads this year, the far-right Club for Growth is putting $2 million behind a spot attacking Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto over the newly enacted Inflation Reduction Act. The ad features ominous footage of an army of G-men in black suits – strongly reminiscent of “Agents”. matrix movies – while the narrator warns of “87,000 new IRS agents” coming to the middle class.
Republican officials and media figures have widely attempted to conjure up the boogeyman of jackbooted IRS crooks coming to oppress middle-class taxpayers since the law’s passage. But even Trump-appointed IRS Director Charles Rettig has said the agency won’t crack down on those making less than $400,000, explaining that tax evasion enforcement only targets corporations and the wealthiest 1-2% of households. will be made
The IRS will also reportedly use the new funding, which comes after a decade of Republican-backed budget cuts, leaving the agency with about 20% less funding than in 2010, many of its nearly 50,000 employees. to replace those who may retire in the future. five years Many of the thousands of new IRS jobs beyond those positions will be in customer service and information technology — hardly the thousands of armed enforcement agents that Republicans are wooing.
● Pol: Statewide polling saw a significant drop on Friday. Be sure to also check out the gubernatorial numbers below.
● Pol: We also have polls for half a dozen different governor’s races.
● MI-08: The Kevin McCarthy-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund announced that Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee has launched a new ad attacking what he calls wasteful spending, lambasting him for voting for “millions” like golf courses, ski slopes, and “terrorists.” Boston Marathon Bomber.
However, this last claim adds to the millions of dollars given to a wide range of businesses to help the economy recover from the pandemic that were sent with checks for just $1,400 to individual Americans, including convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. . Tsarnaev is serving a life sentence, and a federal judge earlier this year already ordered that his check be returned to help pay the victims of his crimes.
● NH-01: Former Trump staffer Carolyn Leavitt has responded to two recent polls that had her dropping big in next month’s GOP primary with a Remington Research Group survey putting her in 21st place with 2020 nominee Matt Mowers. is on, who is also a former Trump White House aide. . A poll for the Congressional Leadership Fund had Mowers leading 37-13, while another for the conservative news site NH Journal had him leading by a narrow 31-16 margin. However, a poll by St. Anselm College showed the Mowers leading only 25-21.
● NY-02: DCCC has shared an internal poll GQR held in late July that Republican Rep. New York’s 2nd Congressional District. Andrew Garbarino held a narrow 49-48 lead over Democrat Jackie Gordon. Both parties have released the first data on the race in this Long Island-based district on the southern edge of Suffolk County, which would have voted just 50-49 for Donald Trump under the new lines.
● PA-17: The Hotline has gotten its hands on a month-old Lake Research insider for Democratic attorney Chris DeLuzio that shows him barely edging out his Republican opponent, businessman Jeremy Shafer, by a 43-42 margin. Some springtime polls, including one from the DCCC and one from US Term Limits, found similarly tight races. Pennsylvania’s 17th, which lies in the Pittsburgh suburbs, voted 52-46 for Joe Biden, an improvement for Democrats over Biden’s 51-48 margin under the old lines.
● Pol: Here’s another big poll dump from US Term Limits , which we can give credit for at least having a name that articulates what the group is (even if their research is unremarkable and their goal wrong). All the Republican pollsters are from RMG Research, which broke the names of Democrats in two of its surveys: In Pennsylvania’s 7th, they misspelled Susan Wild’s name as “Wilde,” while in North Carolina’s 13th, they misspelled Willie. Nick called “Wally”.
- AZ-04: Greg Stanton (D-Inc): 46, Kelly Cooper (R): 39
- NC-13: Bo Hines (R): 44, Willie Nickell (D): 39
- MD-06: Neil Parrott (R): 45, David Trone (D-Inc): 43
- NV-04: Steven Horsford (D-Inc): 43, Sam Peters (R): 43
- PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Inc): 42, Ashley Ahaz (D): 35
- PA-07: Lisa Shaler (R): 47, Susan Wild (D-Inc): 43
- TX-15: Monica De La Cruz (R): 44, Michelle Vallejo (D): 40
- WA-08: Kim Schrier (D-Ink): 47, Matt Larkin (R): 43
In each case, the sponsor says Republicans have signed their pledge to support term limits and Democrats have not, except in Pennsylvania’s 1st and Texas’ 15th, where it says the reverse. The matter is
● GA Public Service Commission: On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a stay issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and thus reinstated a lower court ruling that found the Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, for illegal discrimination. Georgia’s statewide election system was struck to elect members of the Against black voters. Republican Secretary of State Brad Reffensperger’s office later indicated that he would not seek to extend the stay on various grounds while his appeal on the underlying merits continues, at least as it relates to the 2022 election.
Consequently, elections for two of the board’s five seats, all held by Republicans, are once again not on the ballot this fall. If the ruling remains in place, lawmakers will need to come up with a district-based electoral system next year. If the incumbent survives the appeal, a new district-based system could ensure that at least one or two seats are left to black voters to elect candidates of their choice, but it could also open the door to Republican gerrymandering. is
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