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Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 23, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 23 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on the reaction of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to a proposed legal settlement in North Carolina: In this time of political tension, a little comic relief is welcome. So...

People Not Politicians Executive Director Andy Moore announces that the group is abandoning its plans to seek a public vote on the way Oklahoma's state and congressional districts are drawn, during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Moore said the group would instead focus on making sure the redistricting process is conducted by the Legislature in a fair and transparent manner. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma group drops plan for redistricting state question

Sep. 22, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to change the way Oklahoma’s state and congressional districts are drawn announced Tuesday it is abandoning its plans to seek a public vote on the issue. People Not Politicians Executive Director Andy Moore said the group would instead focus on making sure the...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 5, 2020 file photo, An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident is shown in Detroit. A top lawmaker says the Trump administration is seeking to delay deadlines for the 2020 census because of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney said Monday, April 13, 2020 that administration officials also were asking that the timetable for releasing apportionment and redistricting data used to draw congressional and legislative districts be pushed back. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Trump appeals order blocking exclusion in district drawing

Sep. 16, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A week after a three-judge panel blocked an order from President Donald Trump seeking to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the numbers used to determine how many congressional seats each state gets, the Trump administration on Wednesday gave notice it intends to appeal. It...

Arkansas judge dismisses suit over redistricting proposal

Sep. 16, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has ruled against a group that was suing the state to get a redistricting measure on November's ballot. The League of Women Voters filed the lawsuit after the state Supreme Court blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would alter how legislative and...

Census taker Paul Trujillo takes a headcount of residents at a home on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One member of the household hadn't filled out their decennial Census form, which can be done by mail, online, or over the phone and takes about five minutes to complete. New Mexico officials worry the coronavirus pandemic and limited internet access will lead to a severe undercount of state residents, leading to millions in lost federal funds. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Senators push for extra census time, as court prods deadline

Sep. 15, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As lawyers in a court hearing argued over what would happen if the U.S. Census Bureau blew a deadline to turn over data used for redrawing congressional districts, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill pushing the deadline into next year, even though a...

Split North Carolina appeals court retains 2 amendments

Sep. 15, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court panel overturned on Tuesday a court ruling that voided alterations to the state constitution because legislators who put referendums on the ballot were elected from racially biased districts. The challenge to actions by the Republican-dominated General...

En esta imagen del martes 11 de agosto de 2020 se ve el maletín de un encuestador del censo federal en Winter Park, Florida. Un panel de tres jueces federales de Estados Unidos dijo el 10 de septiembre que la orden ejecutiva del presidente Donald Trump para excluir a las personas que residen ilegalmente en el país a la hora de trazar los distritos para el Congreso viola la ley. (AP Foto/John Raoux)

Judges: Trump can't exclude people from district drawings

Sep. 10, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saying the president had exceeded his authority, a panel of three federal judges on Thursday blocked an order from President Donald Trump that tried to exclude people in the country illegally from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn. The federal judges in New York,...

FILE - This Sunday, April 5, 2020, photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit.  The U.S. Census Bureau has spent much of the past year defending itself against allegations that its duties have been overtaken by politics. With a failed attempt by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question, the hiring of three political appointees with limited experience to top positions, a sped-up schedule and a directive from President Donald Trump to exclude undocumented residents from the process of redrawing congressional districts, the 2020 census has descended into a high-stakes partisan battle.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Census Bureau stops layoffs for door knockers after order

Sep. 8, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two days after a federal judge ordered the U.S. Census Bureau to stop winding down 2020 census operations for the time being, the statistical agency said Tuesday in court papers that it's refraining from laying off some census takers and it's restoring some quality-control steps. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa, talks with reporters in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Lamb faces Republican Sean Parnell for his seat in the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. In the shadow of its battleground status in the presidential election, Democrats will fight to defend their gains in Congress two years ago and, possibly, add another seat or two in Pennsylvania as the suburbs continue to turn against President Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

After Democrats' big 2018 gains, more House seats could flip

Sep. 5, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the shadow of Pennsylvania's status as a battleground state in the presidential election, Democrats will fight to defend their gains in Congress two years ago and, possibly, add another seat or two as the state's suburbs continue to turn against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile,...

FILE In this June 27, 2019, file photo, demonstrators gather at the Supreme Court as the justices finish the term with key decisions on gerrymandering and a census case involving an attempt by the Trump administration to ask everyone about their citizenship status in the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Census Bureau has spent much of the past year defending itself against allegations that its duties have been overtaken by politics. With a failed attempt by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question, the hiring of three political appointees with limited experience to top positions, a sped-up schedule and a directive from President Donald Trump to exclude undocumented residents from the process of redrawing congressional districts, the 2020 census has descended into a high-stakes partisan battle. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Groups ask for restraining order to stop census wind-down

Sep. 4, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days after the U.S. Census Bureau said that it had already taken steps to wind down operations for the 2020 census, a coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups on Friday tried to stop the statistical agency in its tracks. The coalition asked a federal judge in San Jose to...