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TWISTING CHANGE: Chubby Checker joins other stars for a fundraiser against gerrymandering

Chubby Checker—yes the Chubby Checker of “The Twist” fame—is coming to perform at Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. It’s a fundraiser for Common Cause North Carolina’s campaign to end gerrymandering.

N.C. Congressional and legislative maps are set for 2020 elections

“Redistricting really is still going to be a flawed process until we can take the mapmaking out of the hands of lawmakers,” said Bob Phillips of Common Cause NC.


Alyssa Canty named one of YES! Weekly’s People of 2019

“It is definitely exciting because I think it really does show how people are invested in civic engagement work and helping other young people vote,” she said in response to being chosen as one of YES! Weekly’s People of 2019.

Bob Phillips, Tar Heel of the Year finalist, is a voice for open elections and reform

For Phillips’ work in bringing about that change, as well as spending the past two decades pushing for government reforms even as both political parties have pushed back, Phillips was a finalist for The News & Observer’s 2019 Tar Heel of the Year.

New congressional maps in North Carolina will stand for 2020, court rules

The new congressional maps passed by state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election, a three-judge panel ruled.

Rural NC is shrinking. It will affect political redistricting after the 2020 election

Gerrymandering has been one of the biggest political stories of the year in North Carolina as lawsuits forced the Republican-led legislature to draw new maps for the districts used to elect members of Congress and the N.C. General Assembly.

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