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Two top Republicans from North Carolina had a vehicle they were in rammed several times as they were being transported by security. It happened on Thursday night when the car they were traveling in was repeatedly rammed from behind, the Daily Wire reported.
“Security was driving the Speaker and Rep. Willis back to Raleigh after a visit to Wilson for a series of events today,” a spokesperson for North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, who was traveling with State Rep. David Willis, said. “On the drive back, the vehicle was rammed from behind several times.”
“General Assembly police and highway patrol responded and the circumstances are under investigation,” it said. “Thankfully no one in the vehicle was hurt, including Rep. Willis and Speaker Moore.”
NC House Speaker Tim Moore Rammed Several Times By Car On Highway.
The men in the car that was repeatedly rammed by another car, are both Republican Politicians. https://t.co/9JcTnpfKzt
— Suzanne 🇺🇸♥️ (@snoopsmom123) February 24, 2023
Breaking: NC House Speaker Tim Moore, his security and Rep. David Willis were involved in a car accident this evening, in which another car rammed into their vehicle several times on the interstate. Circumstances are under investigation. #ncpol
From the speaker’s spokeswoman: pic.twitter.com/TDPtbMKF2a
— Lucille Sherman (@_lucillesherman) February 24, 2023
Republicans could potentially pick up four more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives if North Carolina’s state Supreme Court delivers a ruling in its favor. The state’s highest court is set to hear a challenge to the state’s congressional map and the outcome could be very beneficial to the GOP.
“The current map, which was installed after the state Supreme Court struck down a legislature-passed map, could lead to the Republicans picking up as many as four House seats in 2024. The state Supreme Court now holds a conservative majority after elections last fall, and the court recently agreed to revisit its prior decision,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“North Carolina’s 14 House seats are currently evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, but the previously enacted map, struck down by the court, would have likely set up the GOP with as many as 11 seats. One expert told Reuters it would not be a surprise if the old map was reinstated instead of an entirely new map being formulated. Early projections for the 2024 House races from the Cook Political Report show the GOP with an advantage, with the likely installation of new Republican-friendly maps in North Carolina and Ohio playing a role in the early projection. Republicans currently hold a narrow 221-212 majority in the House of Representatives after taking back control of the chamber in 2022 despite underperforming in most key races nationwide,” the outlet added.
North Carolina redistricting could give GOP four more House seats https://t.co/4hMWwymYCU
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 20, 2023
North Carolina also has a closely-watched election case that could upend the 2024 presidential race.
“Conservative Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical about a state court’s decision to strike down Republican-drawn congressional districts in North Carolina, but it seemed unlikely a majority would embrace a broad theory that could upend election law nationwide. The appeal brought by North Carolina Republicans asks the court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, to embrace a hitherto obscure legal argument called the ‘independent state legislature theory,’ which could strip state courts of the power to strike down certain election laws enacted by state legislatures,” the New Yorker reported.
“The independent state legislature argument hinges on language in the Constitution that says election rules ‘shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof.’ Supporters of the theory, which has never been endorsed by the Supreme Court, say the language supports the notion that, when it comes to federal election rules, legislatures have ultimate power under state law, potentially irrespective of potential constraints imposed by state constitutions,” the outlet added.
“Backed by Republican leaders at the N.C. General Assembly, the crux of the argument is that they and all other state legislators should have much broader power to write election laws, with courts mostly not allowed to stop them by ruling their actions unconstitutional. They’ve been tight-lipped about the case since filing it this spring, mostly preferring to avoid commenting on it to reporters and instead doing their talking through legal briefs. Beyond redistricting the case also has the potential to change how North Carolina and the 49 other states handle everything from early voting and mail-in ballots rules to voter ID, recounts, post-election audits, and anything else that could possibly affect an election,” the outlet added.
However, there’s been another major turn of events.
The newly Republican-controlled North Carolina Supreme Court will rehear a major redistricting case at the heart of one of the biggest Supreme Court decisions expected this year.