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Morning Memo: N.C. part of 'great gerrymander', GOP legislature pushes ahead

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: Monday legislative sessions are typically quiet but Republican lawmakers are using the first one this year to push two major proposals to overhaul unemployment benefits amid the state's $2.5 billion debt to the federal government (House) and block the expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care law (Senate). The floor action for both chambers starts at 7 p.m. Gov. Pat McCrory lists no public events today.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Republicans have the votes to pass the measure but the question is how big a fight Democrats will mount. The tone and strategy of the Democratic opposition will help define the partisan relations this legislative session and signal whether the minority party will acquiesce to GOP supermajorities or make their lives difficult.

***This is the Dome Morning Memo -- keep reading for more analysis and a N.C. political news digest. ***

Report: NC second most gerrymandered state, 12th District worst in the US

Political hopefuls eager to win support by reciting arbitrary rankings of how North Carolina compares to other states can start writing a couple new talking points: The Tar Heel State is No. 2 in the country – but in what?

It turns out the redistricting plan adopted by N.C. makes the state home to the most egregiously gerrymandered Congressional district in the Union. N.C.'s 12th District is literally the worst in the country, and a few others deserving of an honorable mention.

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