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Are New Maps Enough For NC Democrats To Break GOP Supermajorities?

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Lawmakers are returning to Raleigh this week to vote on new legislative district maps for next year's North Carolina General Assembly elections.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled current districts were illegally gerrymandered using race as the deciding factor in creating them.  BPR's Matt Bush spoke with Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper about the new maps and how they will affect the political power structure of the General Assembly - and in particular, whether they provide a chance for Democrats to reach their stated goal of winning enough seats next year to break the GOP's supermajorities in each chamber that allow Republicans to override vetoes from Democratic governor Roy Cooper.

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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