North Carolina Republican lawmakers ending several legal appeals

Published 7:29 pm Friday, January 4, 2019

(AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators have formally accepted that Gov. Roy Cooper and other Democrats won recent court victories over them.

The GOP’s private lawyers filed documents Friday in Wake County court withdrawing plans to appeal decisions by three-judge panels favoring Cooper.

One October ruling struck down a nine-member elections board because of its composition. In August, judges threw out another half-dozen boards and commissions. Republican lawmakers already agreed last month to rework the elections board to five members and have been looking for solutions with the other voided commissions.

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Also Friday, the GOP attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss their appeal in a longstanding redistricting case involving racial gerrymandering that Democrats won. Oral arguments on current procedural issues and attorneys’ fees had been set for next week.