Rep. Heath Shuler and other North Carolina Democrats face a reduced Congressional presence in a new map the state Legislature passed Wednesday.
The Republican-controlled North Carolina Legislature passed a Congressional redistricting map into law late Wednesday, solidifying a substantial GOP political edge in the Tar Heel State for the next decade.
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue cannot veto the map under North Carolina law. However, under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, either the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia must approve the map before it can be enforced.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.