U.S. Supreme Court Hears Two Racial Gerrymander Cases

On December 5, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two racial gerrymandering cases, one from North Carolina and one from Virginia. The North Carolina transcript is here. That case is McCrory v Harris.

Here is the transcript of the argument in the Virginia case, Bethune-Hill v Virginia State Board of Elections. Thanks to Scotusblog for the links.

UPDATE: here is the New York Times story about the arguments.

Illinois County Legislator Changes Parties from Republican to Libertarian

On December 5, Jim Byrne told the press that he has left the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party. He is an elected County Board member for Kankakee County, Illinois. The county has partisan elections for County Board. The board now has 21 Republicans, 6 Democrats, and one Libertarian.

He was just re-elected as a Republican a month ago, and has a four-year term.