David E Price

N Carolina congressmen step away from redistricting brief

Two Republican members of North Carolina's congressional delegation have backed away from a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court on partisan gerrymandering that identified them and nearly three dozen other current and former lawmakers as representing their views.

U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows of Jackson County and Walter Jones of Pitt County were listed in this week's friend-of-the-court brief in a Wisconsin case going before the justices with oral arguments next month. The brief asks that a lower court ruling be upheld that struck down Wisconsin's maps drawn by Republicans because they focused too much on getting more GOP incumbents elected.

But spokespeople for Meadows and...