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    Forget Redistricting Rules, We Need New Referees

    North Carolina has been embroiled in a decades-long redistricting saga since the late twentieth century. After each new map is drawn, a slew of litigation ensues that takes up significant time and resources. Many have proposed changes to the rules for redistricting to prevent partisan gerrymandering, but in a recent…
    Brenee Goforth, February 27, 2020
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    Cato Institute Promotes Mitch Kokai’s Article on Overlawyered Website

    This week, the Cato Institute promoted an opinion piece on gerrymandering by JLF’s Mitch Kokai on its Overlawyered website, which focuses on the high costs of America’s legal system. Kokai’s article focuses on a report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The report’s author, Charles Blahous, argues…
    Brenee Goforth, December 18, 2019
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    CJ Reports: On tight timetable, lawmakers make little progress in first day of redistricting meetings

    Monday evening, Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reported on the first day of redistricting since a three-judge panel declared North Carolina’s maps unconstitutional. Lawmakers have very little time to finish the maps – only until Wednesday, September 18. According to Travis: Debate about ground rules stalled progress while Republicans worked…
    Brenee Goforth, September 10, 2019
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai on Gerrymandering for the Salisbury Post

    In his opinion piece published this week in the Salisbury Post, Mitch Kokai discusses the recently concluded arguments for Common Cause v. Lewis. According to Kokai: Judges in the Common Cause v. Lewis election redistricting trial must answer a relatively simple question: Does the N.C. Constitution limit partisan gerrymandering? Kokai explains that neither the arguments…
    Brenee Goforth, August 9, 2019
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai On C-SPAN: N.C. Economic Gains, Gerrymandering & More

    Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses recent economic gains in North Carolina and the potential national impact of U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases. Kokai offered these comments during the Jan. 1, 2018, edition of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” WATCH. And for a look back at 2017…
    Donna Martinez, January 1, 2018
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    “We are one of the weirdest groups in North Carolina”

    For years, the John Locke Foundation has supported redistricting reform, joining other groups across the ideological spectrum as part of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. On Monday evening, Jane Pinsky, who leads the coalition, spoke about the need for reform at a town hall meeting…
    Donna Martinez, November 15, 2017
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    Making Sense of the Lawsuits: Today at Noon

    Save your seat for today’s presentation by JLF’s  Mitch Kokai. He’ll make sense of the redistricting lawsuits for us.
    Donna Martinez, November 6, 2017
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    JLF Experts Assess N.C. Judicial Redistricting, Federal Court Case

    John Locke Foundation Senior Vice President Becki Gray and Chairman John Hood answer host Tom Campbell’s questions about N.C. judicial redistricting and a federal court case dealing with partisan gerrymandering. These exchanges took place during the Oct. 8, 2017, edition of “N.C. Spin.” WATCH.
    Donna Martinez, October 9, 2017