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We’re back…for now. We made the decision to come back from our “vacation” to bring you a couple of important updates from around the political world. From new election maps to the extension (again) of the National Flood Insurance Program, even though things are slowing down for the Thanksgiving holiday, there is still a lot going on which impacts you, your business, and our industry.

We will resume our break for the next couple of weeks. We will return on December 20 for a year-end wrap-up and will then launch our new and improved edition after the first of the year.

Until then, on behalf of the entire NC REALTORS
® Government Affairs Team, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s in this edition?

  1. Maps, Maps, and more Maps
  2. Who represents me?
  3. The NFIP gets a Thanksgiving pass
  4. Some Thanksgiving fun…Politics Edition
 
Maps, Maps, and more Maps

As we told you before we went on hiatus, the district maps for both state legislative and Congressional seats have been the topics of hot debate this year. Both sets of district maps have been challenged in court by groups alleging that they were crafted in a partisan manner with the goal of benefitting the Republican Party. While each side has asserted their rationale, the courts have generally sided that the maps were gerrymandered in a partisan way and have ordered that the maps be redrawn.

Here are the top-line points:

1) The maps for the state’s legislative and Congressional districts were challenged in court on the basis that they were gerrymandered by the Republican majority of the General Assembly in a partisan manner.
2) Both sets of maps were redrawn and approved by the General Assembly.
3) The courts have signed off on the state legislative maps but have delayed approval of the Congressional maps until after a December 2 hearing.
4) Filing for state legislative races may commence on December 2 but filing for Congressional races is enjoined until after the court rules on those maps.
5) While it is not yet known, it is possible that primary elections may be pushed back, at least for Congressional elections, from the current March 3 date if Congressional maps aren’t approved with enough time.


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Who Represents Me?

Even with the lingering questions over the Congressional district maps, the General Assembly has put together a resource which shows both who represents you under the maps used during the 2018 elections, as well as who would represent you under the maps which will be used in the 2020 elections. For many of you, there was no change. But for others, you will be voting in new districts during the upcoming election cycle.

You can access the map here. All you have to do is enter your address into the search bar and then you can toggle between the different map versions and the specific races (House, Senate, and Congressional).



Also, your voter profile should be updated by the North Carolina State Board of Elections in the coming weeks. You can always check your profile on their website.

 

Congress kicks NFIP can down the road again

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) saga continues. Congress had approved yet another short-term extension which kept the program active through November 21. Unfortunately, momentum has stalled on legislation enacting program reforms and a long-term extension leading us to this point.

So, with the deadline on the program coming up, legislators inserted an extension for the program into the government funding continuing resolution. The resolution received significant support from both chambers and was signed by President Trump prior to the NFIP deadline.

The NFIP is now extended through December 20. According to NAR policy staff, while “NAR will keep fighting for a long-term reauthorization measure,” the inclusion of NFIP in the funding continuing resolution provides “less chance of a lapse in December.”

We will keep you updated as this story continues. You can also access NFIP resources at nar.realtor.

Does your turkey need a pardon this Thanksgiving?

As a nod to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to give you the inside scoop on one of the political aspects of the season: the pardoning of the turkey. A tradition for many American political leaders, many historians believe it dates back to President Abraham Lincoln’s clemency of a feathered friend in 1865. Though President Harry Truman has received some of the credit for starting the public “pardoning” tradition, that fact remains in some dispute. While the pardoning ceremony on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue gets the most recognition, other elected officials do jump in on the fun. This year, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper offered pardons to two “flighty” turkeys: Orville and Wilbur.

You can learn more about the Presidential tradition from the White House Historical Association. And for a little bit of fun, here are some memorable pardoning ceremonies, including President Trump’s least controversial pardon of the year. Happy Thanksgiving!

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