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  • GOP: Despite court ruling, current House map good for November

    March 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Republican leaders said their Supreme Court setback this week in a lawsuit over 11 legislative districts won’t have any effect on the coming House elections, which they expect to proceed with the current district boundaries. They also flatly rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe‘s pitch, delivered by letter Thursday morning, to “drop your defense […]

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  • Republicans shrug off governor’s offer to seek nonpartisan redistricting

    March 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Gregory Schneider Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Thursday urged Republican leaders in the House of Delegates to stop defending legislative districts that are under legal challenge and work with him on nonpartisan redistricting. Republicans declined, accusing the governor of grandstanding one day after the U.S. Supreme Court told a lower court to […]

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  • Court sends majority-minority districts back for another look in Virginia gerrymandering case

    March 02, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    SCOTUS Blog By Amy Howe This morning the Supreme Court handed a partial victory to a group of Virginia voters who argued that the 12 state legislative districts in which they live were the result of racial gerrymandering. The justices agreed with the challengers that a lower court had applied the wrong legal standard when […]

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  • Losses, yet hopes, on redistricting

    March 02, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress Opinion/Editorial Maybe if self-satisfied politicians get squeezed from above by the courts and from below by the voters, they finally might get the message: Gerrymandering is unconstitutional, and we’re sick of it. Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing political districts to protect incumbents and disadvantage opponents. By creating non-competitive districts, lawmakers select […]

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  • Supreme Court says Virginia redistricting must be reexamined for racial bias

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes and Gregory S. Schneider The Supreme Court on Wednesday told a lower court to reexamine the redistricting efforts of Virginia’s Republican-led legislature for signs of racial bias and gerrymandered legislative districts that dilute the impact of African American voters. The justices declined to take a position on that issue. But they said a […]

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  • Supreme Court sends Virginia House of Delegates Redistricting Back to Lower Court

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Bearing Drift D.J. Spiker Well, this one’s a little confusing. The Supreme Court ruled today on Virginia’s House of Delegates redistricting, specifically on 12 House districts that have been challenged to have been drawn unfairly. The ruling, at times unanimous and at times dissenting, can be a tad confusing, and indeed, both sides are claiming victory […]

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  • Supreme Court calls for further review of Virginia legislative map

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By KEVIN ROBILLARD Democrats claimed victory Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to continue examining Virginia state districts for racial gerrymandering, ruling that a district court had failed to properly evaluate whether the Virginia House of Delegates’ legislative map is unconstitutional.

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  • Democrats Hopeful After Supreme Court Rules on Virginia’s Gerrymandered Districts

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    WVTF By Sandy Hausman The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered judges in Virginia to reconsider their decision on how district boundaries were drawn for the state House of Delegates.  Democrats have argued state lawmakers packed African-American voters into a few districts, improving the odds for a Republican win in the rest.  Sandy Hausman has more […]

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  • Supreme Court says Virginia redistricting must be reexamined for racial bias

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes and Gregory S. Schneider The Supreme Court on Wednesday told a lower court to reexamine the redistricting efforts of Virginia’s Republican-led legislature for signs of racial bias and gerrymandered legislative districts that dilute the impact of African American voters. The justices declined to take a position on that issue. But they said a […]

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  • Supreme Court Revives Gerrymander Challenge to Virginia Legislative Districts

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Wall Street Journal By Jess Bravin The Supreme Court on Wednesday revived a challenge to a legislative map drawn by Virginia’s Republican-controlled General Assembly that allegedly packed African-Americans into a handful of state House districts, as the court reiterated that the Constitution prohibits gerrymandering that disadvantages minority voters.

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  • Richmond judge rules anti-gerrymandering lawsuit can move forward

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw A Richmond judge ruled Tuesday that an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of several state legislative districts can move forward. After an hourlong hearing, Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant rejected a motion by the House of Delegates leadership to have the case dismissed before a trial. The case, brought […]

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  • Anti-gerrymandering suit moves forward after failed GA attempts

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WTVR By Jake Burns A Richmond judge said some legislative districts in Virginia are shaped like “salamanders,” before he allowed an anti-gerrymandering case to move forward Tuesday. Judge W. Reilly Marchant denied a summary judgment request from lawyers representing Republican leaders in the House of Delegates.  Granting the motion would have dismissed the case before it […]

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  • Anti-Gerrymandering Lawsuit Moves Forward in Virginia

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WVTF By Mallory Noe-Payne A lawsuit against Virginia’s House of Delegates for how they drew district lines back in 2011 will be moving forward. A judge in Richmond ruled today to not dismiss the case.  Virginia’s lawmakers re-draw the boundaries of their districts every ten years, when new census numbers come out. OneVirginia2021, an advocacy […]

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  • Anti-Gerrymandering Suit Moves Forward

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    idea station By Saraya Wintersmith A Richmond judge has ruled that an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit is free to move forward. The suit centers on whether several legislative districts drawn in 2011 meet required compactness standards. The challenge was brought on by One Virginia 2021. The group’s Executive Director Brian Cannon was happy with the judge’s ruling Tuesday. […]

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  • Gerrymandering’s Insidious Power: Why Redistricting Matters

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    OpEdNews By Meryl Ann Butler Pushing for redistricting may not be the sexiest form of activism, but it is essential. Opednews interviewed Cannon and Oglesby. Meryl Ann Butler: Thank you for visiting with OpEdNews, Brian and Bill. How did you both get started with this project? What inspired you? Brian Cannon: I have always cared about non-partisan […]

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  • Perriello calls for workforce training, redistricting reform at roundtable

    February 24, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    News & Advance By Margaret Carmel In a Friday afternoon Lynchburg campaign stop, Democratic candidate for governor Tom Perriello met with small business owners and community members to discuss his plans for economic growth in Virginia’s smaller communities with workforce training programs, investment in clean energy and redistricting reform. As part of the Lynchburg Regional Business […]

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  • Delegate Cole’s committee sinks Senate’s redistricting bill again

    February 24, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    InsideNOVA By David Kerr It was predictable, there was no doubt it would happen, but just the same it was saddening to watch. Democracy in Virginia once again took it on the chin. The Virginia House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Committee, chaired by Delegate Mark Cole who represents part of Stafford once again voted down […]

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  • Md. members of Congress ask Hogan to push national redistricting reform

    February 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Josh Hicks Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will not push for national redistricting reform because he prefers advancing his own legislation, designed to end gerrymandering in the state, a spokesman said Wednesday. Hogan was responding to a letter sent to him by Maryland’s seven Democratic members of Congress, asking him to serve […]

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  • Death to the Gerrymander

    February 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Slate By Mark Joseph Stern It has become painfully clear in recent years that partisan gerrymandering is one of American democracy’s worst illnesses. Although the Supreme Court held decades ago that the purpose of redistricting was to ensure “fair and effective representation for all citizens,” legislators often use the process to lock the minority party out of power. […]

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  • The House GOP’s despicable defense of gerrymandering

    February 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial In the least surprising development of the session, Republicans in the House of Delegates killed every attempt to enact nonpartisan redistricting. The difference this year? A lot of people sat up, took notice — and let lawmakers have it. During debate over some of the measures, Republican Del. Mark Cole disputed the […]

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  • Is Virginia a democracy?

    February 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times By David Millon Virginia is a blue state. Democratic candidates prevailed over their Republican rivals in the last three presidential elections, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 50 percent to 45 percent. Our governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are all Democrats. So too are […]

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  • All-In for Nonpartisan Redistricting in Virginia

    February 20, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Greater Alexandria Patch By Del. Paul Krizek (D-44th) These last weeks are a flurry of activity as we rush to complete our legislative business by our Constitutionally mandated deadline of Feb. 25. Last Saturday, I participated in two widely attended Town Halls. In Mount Vernon, I was joined by Senators Scott Surovell and Adam Ebbin. At the […]

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  • The House GOP’s despicable defense of gerrymandering

    February 20, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial In the least surprising development of the session, Republicans in the House of Delegates killed every attempt to enact nonpartisan redistricting. The difference this year? A lot of people sat up, took notice — and let lawmakers have it. During debate over some of the measures, Republican Del. Mark Cole disputed […]

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  • A new era of political activism

    February 19, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times By Bob Gibson Political change is coming faster than expected in both Washington and around Virginia these days and sparking levels of protest not seen since the era of the Vietnam War. When the pace of change speeds up and people do not feel fairly listened to, consequences include protests and activism.  

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  • Va. lawmakers put a stake through the heart of redistricting reform

    February 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post Letter to the Editor On Tuesday morning, as the eyes of the nation were fixed on the chaos in the White House, five Republican members of a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee dealt a quick and quiet death to all hopes that the General Assembly might approve modest bipartisan redistricting reforms this […]

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