Almost lost last week in Raleigh amid all the partisan gerrymandering drama was a decision by a three-judge panel in North Carolina that may have as much impact on the future of the state as the decision by the federal court to throw out the current congressional districts.
The state panel ruled that the judicial retention scheme passed by the General Assembly last year in what appeared to be an effort to protect the conservative majority on the N.C. Supreme Court was unconstitutional.
The state’s highest court has faced numerous challenges to the ring-wing agenda of the General Assembly in the last five years, from school vouchers to consumer rights to legislative redistricting cases. Thanks to an ideological majority that millions of dollars in donations from outside political groups has helped maintain for Republicans, most of the legal challenges to their agenda have been turned away by the court.
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