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  • Fixing Virginia’s voting districts

    February 16, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    CBS19 NewsPlex By Dan Schutte The political landscape in Virginia has been changing the last few years, turning the state from red to purple, but in terms of congressional districts, the elections aren’t that competitive. According to One Virginia 2021, a political action group pushing for redistricting, only one of the state’s 11 districts was […]

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  • Virginia redistricting advocates mount last-gasp effort as House takes up Senate proposals

    February 14, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw The GOP-controlled House of Delegates may have obliterated its own redistricting reform bills, but a prominent Republican state senator on Monday urged her House colleagues to change course as anti-gerrymandering proposals come over from the Senate. Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, called for a “fair hearing” when a House subcommittee today […]

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  • Will Gerrymandering Ever Go Away?

    February 08, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

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  • With single vote, House subcommittee kills more than 20 proposed Va. constitutional amendments

    January 31, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    News & Advance By Alex Rohr A House of Delegates subcommittee killed more than 20 proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution in a single vote before 9 a.m. Monday, including those related to redistricting reform and restoring felons’ rights. After voting to pass resolutions on three constitutional amendments, the subcommittee lumped the rest together, including proposals brought […]

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  • Redistricting Reform Returns Power to the People

    January 29, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The News & Advance Editorial Board One of the gravest threats to democracy is the danger of citizens’ losing interest, becoming apathetic because they believe their voices, their votes don’t count. And partisan redistricting of legislative districts is one of the main contributing factors to voter apathy.

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  • Documentary “GerryRigged” makes a case

    January 27, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Virginian-Pilot Opinion OneVirginia2021, a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy group arguing for reform of redistricting laws in the commonwealth, believes that gerrymandering harms representative government by taking away the people’s voice, protecting incumbent lawmakers, driving down citizen participation and diminishing the willingness of legislators to work in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation.

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  • Gerrymandering film to be shown at Mary Baldwin

    January 24, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    News Leader By Laura Peters A documentary will be shown at Mary Baldwin University about fair redistricting of voting districts Wednesday evening. The film “GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head”  will be shown free of charge on Wednesday, January 25 at 5 p.m. at Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin University.

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  • Gerrymandering film to be shown at Mary Baldwin

    January 24, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    News Leader By Laura Peters A documentary will be shown at Mary Baldwin University about fair redistricting of voting districts Wednesday evening. The film “GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head”  will be shown free of charge on Wednesday, January 25 at 5 p.m. at Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin University.

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  • Group pushes for an end to gerrymandering of Virginia legislative districts

    January 22, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Roanoke Times By Carmen Forman Monday was OneVirginia2021 lobby day at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. Supporters of redistricting reform rallied behind constitutional amendments to prevent gerrymandering of electoral districts. Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, is a proponent of “good government” bills, and has proposed HB 2160 to create an Interim Redistricting Commission to redraw districts that are deemed to […]

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  • House redistricting decision – the gorilla in the room

    January 18, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch By Jeff Schapiro More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero, the Roman philosopher, wrote about a guy like Bill Howell. His name was Damocles. Covetous of power, Damocles was lavished at a great feast by a scheming host, the king of Syracuse, a city-state on the island of Sicily. The king took the fun […]

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  • End the archaic practice of gerrymandering

    January 09, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Kenny Alexander (Mayor of Norfolk) GERRYMANDERING is as Virginian as Patrick Henry. In 1788, Henry tried to rig the election for the first Congress of the United States by persuading the General Assembly to shape Virginia’s 5th District so his nemesis, James Madison, would face the powerful James Monroe. The tactic didn’t work; […]

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  • Voters should pick their representatives

    December 31, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Brian Cannon THE U.S. SUPREME Court heard an important case for Virginia last month, Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, regarding how gerrymandering has divided our communities. During the questioning, Justice Elena Kagan noted that racial gerrymandering, which is forbidden, is hard to distinguish from political gerrymandering, which the courts have thus […]

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  • Ralph Northam on OneVirginia2021’s new redistricting reform documentary

    October 28, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Augusta Free Press  Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released the following statement after appearing in the OneVirginia2021 redistricting documentary. “I was proud to join former Governors Allen, Kaine, and Warner, along with Governor McAuliffe, Senator Vogel, Delegate Plum, and former Senators Watkins and Alexander to advocate for fair, non-partisan redistricting in the OneVirginia2021 documentary now airing across the Commonwealth. As […]

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  • Think Elections Are Rigged? Here’s One Way to Make the System Fairer

    October 05, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Brian Cannon Bacon’s Rebellion “Rigged” is the word of the election season. Donald Trump said this week that the debate was rigged. Bernie Sanders supporters used the term to describe the party’s control of the primary process. The meme is resonating with voters, too. Here at One Virginia 2021, we’ve taken notice as well: Our new documentary film […]

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  • Senators comment on rigged electoral system: OneVirginia2021 doc

    October 04, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Augusta Free Press “It is the most insidious, invasive part of the political process.” “Voters are being manipulated.” “The system is rigged against them.” These are just a few ways former Republican and Democratic Virginia legislators described our biggest political problem. PBS affiliate WCVE and OneVirginia2021 have teamed up to produce a documentary showing Virginia citizens […]

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  • League of Women Voters Lynchburg to host meeting on gerrymandering

    September 26, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Alex Rohr The News & Advance The League of Women Voters Lynchburg will host a meeting Oct. 5, titled “Rigged Elections and a Path Forward,” featuring a nonpartisan redistricting advocate, according to a news release from the organization. The event at the Lynchburg Public Library, 2315 Memorial Ave., begins with a 5 p.m. social time […]

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  • State Supreme Court broadens lawmakers’ ability to keep documents secret

    September 16, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

      By Travis Fain Daily Press The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday firmed up a legislative privilege that allows General Assembly members, and people who work with them, to keep documents secret. The decision saves four state senators, and two former ones, from contempt of court fines that had been mounting in the case since April. It also makes clear […]

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  • Virginia’s gerrymandering debate continues to high courts, focuses on race

    August 02, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Daisy Xu The Cavalier Daily Racially motivated gerrymandering and Virginia’s redistricting decisions have recently become a focus in the high courts. In June, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a Virginia case regarding the role of race in determining district lines. The case, Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, is about a challenge which claims […]

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  • Senators in contempt get day before SCOVA, too

    July 18, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    by TRAVIS FAIN Daily Press  WWhen the Supreme Court of Virginia goes into special session Tuesday, it won’t just hear arguments in the blow up between General Assembly Republicans and Gov. Terry McAuliffe over McAuliffe’s mass restoration of felon voting rights. The case of four state senators, and two former ones, who were held in contempt […]

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  • Gerrymandering inches toward its deserved end

    July 16, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    EDITORIAL BOARD The News Leader There’s a bit of good news about politics. Really. Gerrymandering is inching toward an end. A movement to end this bipartisan incumbent protection program — by which politicians draw their district boundaries and thus pick their voters — has gained significant ground. Here in Virginia, where a lawsuit over the poorly crafted […]

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  • Lawmakers work to redraw state districts in fairest way

    July 05, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    by MICKEY POWELL Martinsville Bulletin Having state lawmakers draw state House and Senate districts is the fairest way, according to two Martinsville City Council members who oppose the city’s show of support for redistricting reform efforts. State House of Delegates and Senate districts are redrawn every 10 years following U.S. Censuses to try and ensure that […]

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  • Virginia House of Delegates lines under scrutiny

    June 30, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    by GABRIELLE NELSON Herald-Progress In a recent federal court case, a panel of three judges ruled 2-1 that 12 of Virginia’s House of Delegates voting districts lines had not been drawn based on racial predominant consideration, except in the case of one of the 12 districts. Following the 10-year census, the lines were redrawn in 2011. […]

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  • City council considers redistricting resolution at meeting

    June 29, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    by MICKEY POWELL Martinsville Bulletin Martinsville City Council members are split over whether redistricting reform is needed in Virginia. In a 3-2 vote, the council on Tuesday adopted a resolution in support of such reform. Vice Mayor Jennifer Bowles and council members Gene Teague and Mark Stroud voted in favor of adopting it, but Mayor Danny […]

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  • Unique Time

    June 24, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Our Views The Winchester Star A. E. Dick Howard, constitutional scholar and primary author of Virginia’s revised Constitution of 1971, is hardly a man, we believe, given to overstatement. Writing for the December 2013 edition of Virginia Business. Dr. Howard said, “If the mandate of one-person-one-vote was the generational issue of the 1960s, then eliminating […]

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  • People, not parties: The push for redistricting reform

    June 23, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    OUR VIEWS Winchester Star   OneVirginia2021 People, not parties: the push for redistricting reform   In the General Assembly session of 1982, Del. Kenneth R. Plum, D- Reston, presented a novel initiative — the first redistricting reform plan involving the creation of an independent commission to draw political boundaries. Brian Cannon, 34, was but a twinkle […]

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