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DOMECAST podcast explains new congressional districts

Senators Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during the Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.
Senators Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during the Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. clowenst@newsobserver.com

Domecast, our weekly podcast on government and politics in North Carolina, is ready for the weekend of Feb. 20-21.

The General Assembly fired back up this week, spending Thursday and Friday hammering out a new scenario for 2016 congressional primary elections that was as controversial as it was quick.

The result – including new congressional electoral districts and a primary date that could instantly go null under court action – raised a lot of questions. The simplest: What just happened? And what does it mean for voters?

Domecast welcomes a special guest, State Board of Elections General Counsel Josh Lawson, to help us explain it all.

We also go over the nuts and bolts of this special legislative session, reactions by Democrats upset with the proceedings, and what the political implications are for this year’s elections.

It’s a full panel, with The News & Observer’s Lynn Bonner, Colin Campbell and Craig Jarvis and The Insider’s Benjamin Brown, rounding it out as always with our Headliners of the Week segment. Patrick Gannon, editor of The Insider, hosts.

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