>> The Supreme Court on Monday, ruling Republicans in North Carolina unlawfully took race into consideration when they redrew the state's voting districts. North Carolina, under former Republican Governor Pat McCrory, concentrated African-American voters in two congressional districts, the 1st and the 12th. In an improper bid to diminish their political clout in the rest of the state.
The decision, split by district, regarding the 1st, the ruling was unanimous. But for the 12th District, Justice Clarence Thomas making the rare leap of siding with the court's liberals in a 5-3 ruling. Justice Neil Gorsuch who would not yet join the court when arguments were heard in December, did not participate.
McCrory was narrowly beaten by Democrat Roy Cooper in last year's bitter gubernatorial race. The state, a hotbed of political controversy, fueled by racial and social issues. Including the recently amended HB2 law restricting bathroom access for transgender people. The high court's decision comes one week after it rebuffed North Carolina's bid to revive its strict voter ID law, also driven by state Republicans.
Which a lower court found deliberately discriminated against black voters.