An update on the maps that will determine NC’s future

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It’s Friday, state lawmakers’ process of drawing once-in-a-decade North Carolina state legislative and congressional districts is coming to an end, and my colleague Will Doran has been reporting every step of the process.

His reporting has been vital for the state and the country, because North Carolina has been called “the swingiest of states.” And what happens in North Carolina’s congressional races could determine whether Republicans take back control of the U.S. House.

The outcome of state legislative races is even more important and will impact the day-to-day lives of North Carolinians. The party that wins the majority in each chamber could determine whether, and how, to expand Medicaid, fund K-12 education and address social issues, like abortion.

How the districts are drawn will have a large influence on what party gets to make those decisions in the next decade.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest on North Carolina’s redistricting process:

To make sense of redistricting, I regularly check Will’s author page for all the latest stories he’s written on redistricting and beyond, and keep an eye on his Twitter page for interesting tidbits that might make it into a news story, breaking news and beyond.

Speaking of redistricting: The other redistricting expert in our newsroom is my coworker, Tyler Dukes, who launched a special edition of our Under the Dome podcast called Monster: Math, Maps and Power in North Carolina. It’s about the redistricting process in North Carolina, and I’ve learned so much from it. I know you will too.

We also have a plethora of episodes about the latest and greatest stuff happening in #ncpol, so check out the show.

Listen and subscribe to wherever you get your podcasts. (Pandora, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Megaphone.)



  • The federal government is forging ahead in its plan to build offshore wind turbines along the Brunswick County coast, Adam Wagner reports.

  • North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said a budget agreement could be reached in days, and Gov. Roy Cooper is ‘hopeful,’ Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan reports.

  • In an exclusive interview with Adam Wagner, EPA administrator Michael Regan explained why ‘forever chemicals’ won’t be regulated all at once.

  • Should NC local governments be able to ban natural gas in buildings? Adam Wagner reports on a bill that says no.

  • A report released by North Carolina’s state treasurer shows hospitals in the state reap more in profits while serving fewer of the state’s poorest residents, I reported.

Thanks for reading. See you next week.

— Lucille Sherman, state government reporter for The News & Observer. Email me at

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