Political Battle For Control Of North Carolina Rages On
A federal court has ordered North Carolina lawmakers to redraw 28 legislative districts that were deemed unconstitutional and hold new elections by the end of 2017.
The court concluded that lawmakers unconstitutionally relied on race when they drew the districts and that the current legislative districts give Republicans in the state an edge.
The advantage would give Republicans a 74-seat majority in the North Carolina State House and a 35-seat majority in the Senate when the new session begins in January. The court’s ruling is already on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and will be argued Monday.
North Carolina State Republicans are continuing their push for a party recount in Durham County––even though the Board of Elections has dismissed their voter fraud complaint. If a recount isn’t granted in the county, they’ve threatened to call for a statewide recount of the Governor’s race.
North Carolina Teacher Suspended For Free Speech Lesson To Learn His Fate
Lee Francis, a high school history teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was suspended in September for stepping on the American flag during a lesson about First Amendment rights.
On Wednesday during a Cumberland County school board meeting, Francis will learn whether or not he will be stripped of his teacher’s license for demonstrating the principles of free speech in America.
Francis, who has been relegated to working in a warehouse at the school after his suspension, spoke with Roland Martin about the case during a NewsOne Now / Tom Joyner Morning Show simulcast. During his classroom demonstration, he tapped the flag with his foot a couple of times. This act prompted two of his students to walk out of class and complain.
According to Francis, his actions were not an act of defiance, he was attempting to explain what “symbolic speech is,” a concept his students had struggled to grasp.
If Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till, Jr. decides to rescind Francis’ teachers license, the educator would not be permitted to teach in any public school within the United States.
ND Governor Concerned About Cold Weather After Unleashing Militarized Police On Native American Protesters
Native Americans protesting against an oil pipeline being built near their reservation have been ordered to evacuate protest sites by North Dakota’s Governor Jack Dalrymple.
Several thousand Native American protesters and other activists who have been camped out at different sites in North Dakota since April are protesting the construction of an oil pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They say the construction of the oil pipeline is destroying sacred sites and burial grounds, and is polluting their water supply.
There have been reports of clashes with law enforcement as well as hundreds of arrests and injuries. Police have used rubber bullets, pepper spray and water cannons against the protesters in an attempt to discourage them and force them to leave.
Gov. Dalrymple has ordered protesters to evacuate to protect them from harsh winter weather and blizzard conditions.
Jordan Chariton, Political Reporter for The Young Turks, spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about the governor’s newfound concern for the protesters. They will face $1,000 fines if they do not leave and decide to brave the severe weather conditions; wind chill temperatures are expected to plummet to 30 degrees below zero.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast