NCGA Redistricting Chairmen Release Statement on Federal Court Hearing

Raleigh, NC: Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Redistricting, and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), Chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, released the following statement after today's court hearing.   Read more

Joint Redistricting Committees Provide Information on Public Input for Map Drawing Process

Raleigh, NC: Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Redistricting, and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), Chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, announced multiple opportunities for public input into the upcoming legislative redistricting process at today's first joint meeting of the House and Senate redistricting committees. Read more

Rucho, Lewis Respond to Politically-Motivated Court Decision Denying Voters Right to Elect Representatives to Two-Year Terms

Raleigh, N.C. – Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), Chairmen of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees, released the following joint statement Tuesday:   “This politically-motivated decision, which would effectively undo the will of millions of North Carolinians just days after they cast their ballots, is a gross overreach that blatantly disregards the constitutional guarantee for voters to duly elect their legislators to biennial terms. We continue to believe the maps drawn by the General Assembly, pre-cleared by the Obama Justice Department and twice upheld by our state’s elected Supreme Court are constitutional, and we will move quickly to appeal.” Read more

General Assembly Announces Contingency Plans on Congressional Redistricting as it Awaits U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Raleigh, N.C. – Even though the State of North Carolina maintains that its Congressional maps are constitutional and remains confident the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately issue a stay, legislative leaders are taking steps to prepare for a possible special session to comply with a federal trial court’s ruling. These steps are necessary since the Supreme Court decision is expected to come within days of the lower court’s February 19 deadline to redraw the maps. Read more

N.C. Supreme Court Closes Case on Redistricting at State Level by Upholding Maps Once Again

Raleigh, N.C. – Once again, the highest court in North Carolina has joined the Obama Justice Department in validating North Carolina’s redistricting plans. The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a rehearing of Dickson v. Rucho, the state-level challenge filed by far-left special interest groups. Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), Chairmen of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees, released the following joint statement in response: “We appreciate the North Carolina Supreme Court’s decision, which means this case is closed at the state level. Today’s ruling makes our track record even more clear – five out of six times that North Carolina’s redistricting plans have been reviewed, they have been validated as fair, legal and constitutional. We hope the U.S. Supreme Court will recognize this, allow our state time to appeal the one and only conflicting opinion, and allow our current election to move forward.”

N.C. Seeks Emergency Stay from U.S. Supreme Court on Redistricting

Raleigh, N.C. – The three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has declined to stay its ruling in the redistricting case, and because a primary election is already under way, the State of North Carolina filed a petition for an emergency stay late Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) and Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chairmen of the Senate and House Redistricting Committees, issued the following statement: “We are disappointed in the federal trial court’s decision because there is so much uncertainty on whether the primary election already under way can continue or whether a new primary election needs to take place – and whether votes that have already been cast can be counted. We hope the U.S. Supreme Court will recognize the urgency and gravity of these questions and issue a stay.” 

State Seeks Emergency Stay in Redistricting Case to Protect Votes Already Cast

Raleigh, N.C. – Today the State of North Carolina filed an emergency petition to stay Friday’s last-minute decision on redistricting with the same three judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Below is a statement from Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) and Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chairmen of the Senate and House Redistricting Committees: “We trust the federal trial court was not aware an election was already underway and surely did not intend to throw our state into chaos by nullifying ballots that have already been sent out and votes that have already been cast. We hope the court will realize the serious and far-reaching ramifications of its unprecedented, eleventh-hour action and immediately issue a stay.”

Federal Trial Court Decision Throws Election into Chaos

Raleigh, N.C. – Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) and Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chairmen of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees, released the following joint statement Friday evening: “We are surprised and disappointed by the trial court's eleventh hour decision that throws an election already underway into turmoil.  Should this decision be allowed to stand, North Carolina voters will no longer know how or when they will get to cast their primary ballots in the presidential, gubernatorial, congressional and legislative elections. And thousands of absentee voters may have already cast ballots that could be tossed out. This decision could do far more to disenfranchise North Carolina voters than anything alleged in this case. We are confident our state Supreme Court made the right decision when it upheld the maps drawn by the General Assembly and approved by the Obama Justice Department, and we will move swiftly to appeal this decision.”

NC Supreme Court Again Upholds Congressional, Legislative Maps

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday affirmed its earlier ruling that the congressional and legislative redistricting maps enacted by the General Assembly in 2011 are constitutional. Read more

April 20, 2015 Statement

Today, Representative David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), Chairmen of 2011 House and Senate Redistricting Committees, released the following joint statement in response to a procedural order from the U.S. Supreme Court on redistricting:   Read more


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