Gary D. Robertson

NC General Assembly

A panel of federal judges formally backed off Tuesday the idea of requiring a new congressional map for North Carolina's fall elections, one week after broaching the possibility when the judges declared the current lines illegal partisan gerrymanders.

NC Democrats Talk Up Gun-Law Proposals

Mar 20, 2018
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Several North Carolina Democratic lawmakers unveiled gun restriction and school safety proposals Monday in response to the Florida school shooting, calling those "common sense" ideas that Republicans have already supported elsewhere.

The five House and Senate members from urban counties unveiled gun changes similar to those that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week that he wanted the GOP-controlled General Assembly to approve.

On the latest episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Gary Robertson sits down to discuss a tumultuous year in North Carolina politics.

The Associated Press statehouse reporter shares details from recent conversations with Governor Roy Cooper and Senate Leader Phil Berger, weighs in on "the story of the year," and shares his favorite Christmas song.

The redistricting practices of North Carolina Republicans are getting scrutinized yet again in court, this time in a trial in which federal judges must decide whether mapmakers can go too far drawing boundaries that favor their party.

A three-judge panel begins hearing evidence Monday in litigation filed by election advocacy groups, the state Democratic Party and voters who allege unlawful partisan gerrymandering in the state’s current congressional map, which favors the GOP. Those who sued want the map redone.

The clock is now ticking, the deadline is set. Republican leaders of the General Assembly have one month to redraw 28 state legislative districts ruled to be illegal racial gerrymanders.

If they don’t, a court will.

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the House budget with Associated Press Statehouse Reporter Gary Robertson.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A deal to undo House Bill 2 fell apart Wednesday night when legislators couldn't agree on a plan to the repeal the measure, a sign of the bitter political divide within the state.

Some Uncertainty Over Repeal of HB2

Dec 21, 2016

UPDATE: Charlotte City Council scheduled an emergency meeting at 9:00 this morning to address concerns that the council did not completely repeal the city's non-discrimination ordinance.  State lawmakers made getting rid of the ordinance a condition of repealing HB2. There are reports that some state lawmakers refuse to support the repeal because they say they don't think city council repealed its ordinance in its entirety.

US High Court Refuses to Reinstate NC Voter ID

Aug 31, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The court rejected a request by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials to delay a lower court ruling that found the state law was tainted by racial discrimination.

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An exercise to draw North Carolina's congressional boundaries while bypassing political data hopefully will increase interest in "nonpartisan" redistricting and avoid extensive future litigation seen for decades over challenged maps, former state jurists said Monday.

Former state Supreme Court chief justices and other judges from both parties unveiled the districts they drew for North Carolina's 13 seats in the U.S. House using basic population numbers and other guidelines laid out in proposed legislation.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr drives alone, steering his white 2013 Hyundai sedan to dozens of factory tours and other North Carolina stops. If there's a TV camera or a reporter, he'll talk. If not, he'll move on.