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  • Advocacy Group Seeks To Outlaw Gerrymandering

    January 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Idea Stations By Craig Carper The non-partisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 is asking the General Assembly to approve legislation that would make political gerrymandering illegal. Currently, Virginia lawmakers draw their own district lines and those for the state’s congressional representatives. Critics say this allows elected officials to choose their voters, rather than voters choosing […]

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

    January 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times Carmen Forman Monday was OneVirginia2021 lobby day at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. Supporters of redistricting reform rallied behind constitutional amendments to prevent

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  • Citizens urge lawmakers to take politics out of redistricting

    January 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    CBS 6 Citizens demanding an end to gerrymandering packed a legislative subcommittee hearing Monday as lawmakers and members of the public all voiced concerns over the influence of politics on redistricting. Critics say the current system, in which the General Assembly redraws the boundaries for legislative districts, allows politicians to choose their constituents instead of the […]

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

    January 22, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Gerrymandering close to home

    January 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times By Larry Kincker Pundits galore have written about gerrymandering throughout the U.S., particularly Congressional House districts. Virginia ranks up there with some of the worst. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that Virginia illegally gerrymandered its Third Congressional District to pack black votes. North Carolina’s 1st, 4th and 12th Congressional Districts were dubbed […]

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  • A Republican’s appeal on redistricting

    January 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Charles McPhillips WITH TIME EXPIRING in the Jan. 15 playoff game, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby faced intense pressure away from home. The Cowboys’ coach called time-out to “ice” him and the Dallas crowd roared lustily to rattle him. Packer fans back home could only cheer for him in front of […]

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  • House redistricting decision – the gorilla in the room

    January 18, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • 2017 Bills

    January 17, 2017 • Posted In: • Advocacy

    (Click on bill number to see more information about it) Key SJ = Senate Joint Resolution SB = Senate Bill HJ = House Joint Resolution HB = House Bill SJ 290 Patron – Janet Howell and Jill Vogel Provides the criteria for electoral districts drawn by the General Assembly. Talking Points – SJ 290 SJ 231 […]

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  • Lobby Day 2017

    January 16, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    OneVirginia2021 will have our first Lobby Day this 2017 session on Monday, January 23rd! IF YOU WANT TO JOIN CLICK HERE Host contact info: Blake Wheelock (b.wheelock@onevirginia2021.org) 2017 is an important year for redistricting reform! OneVirginia2021 is organizing a Lobby Day to ensure a strong voice is heard early in the legislative session. Advocates are […]

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  • Town Talk – Jan. 10

    January 10, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    WFVA Town Talk-Jan 10

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  • Supreme Court Blocks Special Elections in North Carolina

    January 10, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The New York Times By Adam Liptak The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a trial court’s ruling ordering special elections in North Carolina that would have truncated the terms of many lawmakers in the state. The Supreme Court’s brief order included no reasoning, and it said the temporary stay of the lower court’s decision would last only as long as […]

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  • End the archaic practice of gerrymandering

    January 09, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Perriello makes run for governor official

    January 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress By Michael Bragg Former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello made his gubernatorial bid official Thursday at the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville. Perriello, who served in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District for one term, made the announcement before a packed room of supporters the day after news that he was planning a run […]

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  • [North Carolina] Judges refuse to delay court-ordered 2017 legislative elections

    January 04, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    WRAL By Matthew Burns Three federal judges on Wednesday denied a request by state lawmakers to postpone their earlier order requiring new state House and state Senate districts be drawn and elections be held this year. The judges ruled last August that lawmakers had relied too heavily on race when they drew 28 legislative districts in […]

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  • Court-imposed election map paved way for new Virginia congressmen

    January 02, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Washington Post By Jenna Portnoy When two new members of the Virginia congressional delegation are sworn in Tuesday, they can partially thank a panel of federal judges for their seats in Congress. The judges fiddled with the boundaries of the districts enough to allow a Democrat to win in Richmond and a new Republican to oust […]

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  • Voters should pick their representatives

    December 31, 2016 • Posted In: • 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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  • Ward picked to lead Obama-Holder redistricting project

    December 28, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere President Barack Obama and Eric Holder’s quickly expanding Democratic joint project to tackle redistricting reform has picked a leader: Kelly Ward, fresh off four years as the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Ward is coming in initially as the interim executive director of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee as […]

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  • Less Turnover than the Supreme Soviet

    December 23, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Bacon’s Rebellion By Brian Cannon The United States has a dearth of competitive Congressional elections. Of the 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives, only 36 were competitive this past November. Politicians have brilliantly gerrymandered out almost all competition from their districts to ensure themselves easy re-elections. With only about 8% of our elections […]

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  • Competition would improve representation

    December 16, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch Mark Hile Competition is a good thing. I support politicians who believe competition is a good thing. Unfortunately, many politicians who gerrymander their own districts believe that rules don’t apply to them. They draw their voting districts — picking their voters — in a way that carves up natural communities and drives out […]

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  • To optimize our democracy, bury the gerrymander

    December 11, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    The Salt Lake Tribune By Sheryl Allen and Cheryll May In the popular Broadway musical “Hamilton,” Aaron Burr, who has been excluded from important political decisions, sings, “No one really knows how the game is played. The art of the trade, how the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens. But no one […]

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  • Virginia redistricting case presents Supreme Court with a mind-reading problem

    December 10, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Editorial Culpeper Star Exponent On Monday, Justice Elena Kagan distilled the essence of the Supreme Court fight over Virginia’s legislative redistricting when she observed, “We know that race and politics correlate. If race is the motive, you get one result, and if politics is your motive, you get another.”

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  • McDonnell: “Almost there” on independent redistricting

    December 09, 2016 • Posted In: • Other

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sat with the Daily Press for more than an hour recently, generating an article that will go live a little later today, and a sidebar wherein he defends his administration’s dealings on two controversial road projects: U.S. 460 and the Downtown/Midtown tunnels. He also spoke at length about […]

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  • Virginia redistricting case presents Supreme Court with a mind-reading problem

    December 08, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial On Monday Justice Elena Kagan distilled the essence of the Supreme Court fightover Virginia’s legislative redistricting when she observed, “We know that race and politics correlate. If race is the motive, you get one result, and if politics is your motive, you get another.” For years the high court has insisted that while racial considerations […]

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  • Viewpoints: Nonpartisan redistricting gaining momentum?

    December 08, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Viewpoints Augusta Free Press  Brian Cannon from OneVirginia2021 joins Viewpoints to talk about the push for nonpartisan political redistricting in Virginia. (VIDEO)

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  • Mapping out Virginia’s votes

    December 07, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Editorial  The Daily Press  Voting districts are quite a bit like the pieces to a jigsaw puzzle. The size is more or less uniform but the shapes are odd and unwieldy — little notches here, shapeless protuberances there and inexplicable angles everywhere. Individually, the shapes appear random, but when put together carefully they form a […]

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