Raleigh, N.C. — Redrawing the voting maps for North Carolina legislative districts got serious this week, with lawmakers putting the process in motion.
Federal judges though the process should be well on its way by now, however. A three-judge panel a year ago tossed out the maps drawn in 2011 as illegal gerrymanders, and one of the three judges told lawyers representing lawmakers during a Thursday hearing that they don't seem serious about undertaking the process.
Lawmakers are so serious that they hired the same guy who created the unconstitutional 2011 maps to craft the new ones.
Meanwhile, Gov. Roy Cooper issued his ninth veto this week while signing dozens of other bills into law. He had four bills remaining on his desk, and if he doesn't sign or veto them by Sunday night, they will become law without his signature.
One of the bills he signed puts a stop to all new wind energy projects in the state through the end of next year while overhauling state policy on solar energy projects.