House Democrats won major victories last week when New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law a gerrymander that could net Democrats three more seats (and cut the GOP's total by four) and North Carolina's state Supreme Court invalidated a GOP-drawn gerrymander that could have given the party 11 of 14 seats. Now, North Carolina's GOP legislature has until February 18 to pass a new map that meets the court's "partisan fairness" demands.

But Republicans finally caught a big break of their own on Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a lower court order that would have required the creation of a second Black opportunity district. Alabama Republicans' 6R-1D map will remain in place through at least the 2022 elections pending the Supreme Court hearing the full case — an ominous sign for civil rights groups and Democrats' drive for more Black seats across the South.

Alabama

On Monday, the Supreme Court blocked a lower court ruling that had put Alabama's GOP-passed map on hold for racial discrimination in contentious 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the

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