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  • LAWMAKERS DIVIDED ON SYSTEM TO REMAP DISTRICTS

    February 12, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By PATRICK WILSON Del. Sam Rasoul is a liberal Democrat from Roanoke who won election last year with more than 70 percent of the vote. That comfortable margin means Rasoul wouldn’t need to work with Republicans. He can vote hard left and not worry about a general election challenge. “Why would I ever want to […]

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  • Redistricting reform a no-go in Richmond

    February 11, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By TRAVIS FAIN Victories that proponents of bipartisan redistricting reform won in the Virginia Senate this session likely will be short-lived. Two of their bills are up before a House subcommittee at 7 a.m. Thursday and House leaders have made it clear they’re not interested in changing the way Virginia draws its election lines. Read […]

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  • Redistricting reform debate continues with little traction in Va. House

    February 11, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By JENNA PORTNOY RICHMOND — The day after the House and Senate passed bills policing gift-giving and travel, good-government advocates said lawmakers were silent on the biggest ethics issue facing the state: redistricting. A House panel will consider Thursday the first of several Senate proposals that call for nonpartisan drawing of the lines separating legislative districts […]

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  • Ransone

    February 10, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Virginia can do better!  Del. Ransone is going to be able to vote YES or […]

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  • Fowler

    February 10, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Virginia can do better!  Del. Fowler is going to be able to vote YES or NO […]

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  • Minchew

    February 10, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Virginia can do better!  Del. Ransone is going to be able to vote YES or […]

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  • Sickles

    February 10, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Virginia can do better!  Del. Sickles is going to be able to vote YES or NO […]

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  • Cole

    February 10, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Virginia can do better!  Del. Cole is going to be able to vote YES or NO […]

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  • Independent Commission

    February 10, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    An Independent Commission Will Reduce the Conflict of Interest Legislators Have When They Draw Their Own Districts. To do this we backed key legislation in 2015, SJ 284, to create an independent redistricting commission with non-partisan criteria. It removes the conflict of interest that politicians have when they draw their own districts.  (Yes, it’s crazy that […]

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  • Gerrymandering causes forefathers to turn over in their graves

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    We all know that the U.S. election system is a little funky. From the strange electoral college, to unknown super PACs, to large amounts of dark money, there are many things to complain about when it comes to choosing this country’s leaders. The most disturbing element, though, of the election system is the very existence […]

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  • Countdown: Will They Hear the Bill?

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Just three days left…will they hear SJ 284? Our General Assembly members have two main parts of their job to do:  debate issues and vote on them.  So far, the chair of House Privileges and Elections Committee, Delegate Cole, has kept both of these from happening on a key ethical issue! So we are counting down the days until […]

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  • Bills To Support!

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Virginian Redistricting Commission + Criteria SJ 284 – Vogel (R)/Lucas (D) Bill Page & Bill Text Referendum Bill SB 824 – Miller (D) Bill Page & Bill Text Statutory Criteria Bill SB 840 – Watkins (R) Bill Page & Bill Text Redistricting Advisory Commission Established SB 1000 – Lewis (D) Bill Page & Bill Text

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  • Falls Church League of Women Voters Hosts Forum on Gerrymandering

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is hosting a forum on gerrymandering, the political tactic of manipulating the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts, on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center at 223 Little Falls St. At the forum, called “Gerrymandering: Can It Be Stopped?” there […]

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  • Maryland Governor to Push for Redistricting Reform

    February 05, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he will form a bipartisan commission to explore reforming Maryland’s legislative redistricting process. Hogan said his goal is to give the authority of redrawing the state’s legislative districts to an independent, bipartisan commission. Read the whole article here: CBS-DC

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  • Making Virginia elections competitive

    February 05, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Early next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could render independent redistricting commissions invalid. The legislature of Arizona is challenging the constitutionality of that state’s redistricting commission, saying that the power to draw lines for congressional districts lies solely with the legislature. Read the whole article here: The Virginian-Pilot

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  • Draw NC legislative districts without politics? Talks underway

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Republicans in 2011 carved North Carolina into new districts from which public officials are elected, creating 170 areas for state lawmakers and 13 for members of Congress in a required effort to maintain balanced populations. Democrats and left-leaning groups complained that the new maps intentionally deflated their candidates’ chances in the state and federal elections, […]

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  • Ramadan

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Ramadan and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Cole

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Cole and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Miller

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Miller and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Hugo

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Hugo and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Joannou

    February 02, 2015 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Joannou and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call […]

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  • Election law changes aid politicians

    February 02, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    When politicians tinker with the laws governing their own elections, one should view their proposals with a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude. Almost always, the politicians proclaim that they are acting in the public interest to make elections fairer. And almost always, election law changes would improve the politicians’ chances of holding their offices or advancing up the […]

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  • Schwarzenegger muscles into Arizona redistricting suit

    January 29, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has muscled his way into an Arizona political dispute. The former California governor is one of a number of people defending the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in a lawsuit headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the whole article here: AZ Central

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  • Via.Senate’s approval of redistricting reform a good first step

    January 28, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    On Monday, the Virginia Senate did the right thing. The House of Delegates appears poised to undo the good work. Read the whole article here: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • A One-Two Punch Against the Initiative Process at the Supreme Court

    January 28, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    An Arizona case before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the state’s ballot initiative created redistricting commission could have such an effect on California politics that three former California governors, noted California political scientists, and a California state commission have all filed briefs in the case. Read the whole article here: Fox & Hounds

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