• John Locke Update

    Redistricting Dilemmas: If You Ain’t Packing Asheville, You’re Cracking Asheville

    posted October 11, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    One 2019 lawsuit successfully changed Asheville being packed into one district, while another 2019 lawsuit successfully challenged Asheville being split across districts. Buncombe County will have three North Carolina House districts, and either packing Asheville into one district or spreading it across three could subject the map to a lawsuit. A compromise would be to have most of Asheville split between two House districts while having the third district represent rural parts of Buncombe County.
  • John Locke Update

    Redistricting Dilemmas: Legislators Must Either Split Fayetteville or Surround It

    posted September 29, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    The geography of Cumberland and Moore counties will force legislators to make tough choices when drawing North Carolina Senate districts for them. Legislators could draw relatively compact districts, but at the expense of splitting Fayetteville. Keeping Fayetteville together would help North Carolina comply with the Voting Rights Act.
  • John Locke Update

    Redistricting Dilemmas: All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men Cannot Put Caldwell County Back Together Again

    posted September 20, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    Caldwell County leaders do not want the county to be split in redistricting, and the county has political clout. Despite that, Caldwell County is certainly going to be split between state Senate districts and may be split between state House districts. Caldwell County’s redistricting predicament demonstrates how the constraints of law and geography limit how legislators can draw districts.
  • John Locke Update

    What “County Clusters” Mean for North Carolina’s Redistricting Process

    posted September 10, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    North Carolina’s unique county clustering process is a way of balancing constitutional requirements of keeping counties whole and having equal populations of legislative districts. The county clustering process is simple in principle but can be complex in application. The whole county provision of the North Carolina State Constitution and redistricting criteria adopted by the General Assembly substantially influence how districts can be drawn within county clusters.
  • John Locke Update

    Policies to Put Local Jobs First

    posted March 28, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    America has always been a country on the move. Across the ocean, across the continent, and, for decades after the frontier officially closed, Americans have moved away from (and often…
  • Press Release

    Many local governments dig their own budget holes

    posted March 3, 2009
    RALEIGH — Nine of North Carolina’s 30 largest cities increased government revenues by at least 20 percent more than inflation and population growth rates from 2002 to 2007. Thirty-three counties…

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