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  • South Dakotans voted for tougher ethics laws, but lawmakers object

    February 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By James Nord NPR South Dakota’s citizen-led experiment to “drain the swamp” of political corruption appears to have lasted less than three months. Lawmakers in the state Senate voted 27-8 Wednesday to repeal the voter-approved initiative and send the measure to the governor. The legislation was given emergency status so it would take effect immediately when […]

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  • House Republicans block redistricting reform

    January 31, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Augusta Free Press By Chris Graham House Republicans can’t even tolerate watered-down redistricting reform. A group of GOP delegates have effectively blocked reform legislation introduced in the 2017 General Assembly session. Dels. Randy Minchew, Mark Cole, Tim Hugo and Jackson Miller all voted against redistricting reforms, including one carried by Weyers Cave Republican Del. Steve Landes […]

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  • Redistricting reform, slew of constitutional amendments, go down on a single 4-3 vote

    January 31, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Twenty-five pieces of legislation, including several calling for redistricting reform or an overhaul for the way Virginia restores voting rights to felons, went down on a single subcommittee vote in the Virginia House Monday. Each resolution called for a change to the state’s constitution, which requires two successful General Assembly votes in […]

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  • House panel kills redistricting, felon voting reforms in early-morning block vote

    January 31, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw Efforts to take politics out of Virginia’s electoral redistricting process and to reform how felons regain the right to vote died a swift and silent death Monday as a House of Delegates subcommittee killed 25 proposed constitutional amendments with just a few votes. It passed three amendments that would give the […]

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  • Redistricting reform, civil rights restoration among 20-plus constitutional amendments killed by General Assembly subcommittee

    January 31, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Jordon Pascale More than 20 weighty ideas for state constitutional amendments were killed in one swift vote Monday morning by a Republican-led House of Delegates subcommittee, much to the chagrin of Democrats on the dais. The amendments – touching on redistricting reform, restoring voting rights to felons, and term limit changes for the […]

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

    January 31, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Panel kills redistricting, felon voting reforms

    January 30, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress By Graham Moomaw (Richmond Times-Dispatch) Efforts to take politics out of Virginia’s electoral redistricting process and reform how felons regain the right to vote died a swift and silent death Monday morning as a House of Delegates subcommittee killed 25 proposed constitutional amendments with just a few votes. The three amendments would […]

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  • STATEMENT FROM BRIAN CANNON ON THE JANUARY 30 SUBCOMMITTEE VOTE ON REDISTRICTING REFORM

    January 30, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    For Immediate Release, January 30, 2017 Contact:            Brian Cannon, Executive Director                         OneVirginia2021                         (804) 240-9933                         brian.cannon@OneVirginia2021.org STATEMENT FROM BRIAN CANNON ON THE JANUARY 30 SUBCOMMITTEE VOTE ON REDISTRICTING REFORM  RICHMOND, VA – On Monday, January 30, four Delegates voted to table all redistricting reform bills.  Delegate Randy Minchew (P&E Constitutional […]

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  • Redistricting Reform Returns Power to the People

    January 29, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Redistricting reformers lobby for a permanent fix

    January 28, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The News & Advance By Alex Rohr Arelia Langhorne believes her vote used to mean something. In the decade prior to statewide redistricting in 2011, one delegate represented all of Lynchburg in a district that included part of Amherst County. After the decennial census in 2010, the General Assembly redrew the lines in a way Langhorne says […]

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  • Court to Wisconsin Republicans: Redraw election maps

    January 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) By Jason Stein After striking down Wisconsin’s legislative maps as unconstitutional two months ago, a federal court Friday ordered Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers to redraw the districts by Nov. 1 to ensure their use in the fall 2018 elections. The three-judge federal panel rejected the state’s request to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court […]

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  • Documentary “GerryRigged” makes a case

    January 27, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Momentum Grows In Virginia To Improve Redistricting Process

    January 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The New Journal and Guide By Leonard Colvin Lawmakers use the U.S. Census 10-year head counts to determine  the boundaries of local,  state and U.S. Congressional voting districts representing thousands of voters who elected them to office. It’s called redistricting. But, some see the process as subject to gerrymandering because it is controlled by the state legislature, and […]

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  • Democracy Wins One as a Federal Court Strikes a Big Blow Against Gerrymandering

    January 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Nation By John Nichols Democracy has taken very hard hits in the first days of the Trump interregnum, as Donald Trump and the mandarins of his “alternative-fact” administration have spun fantasies about “voter fraud” that clearly does not exist; obsessed about the dubious legitimacy of a president who lost the popular vote and drew a disappointing crowd for his […]

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  • Sen. Lewis addresses budget shortfall, other issues at town hall

    January 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Gazette-Journal By Sherry Hamilton State Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) held his first town hall meeting for Mathews this year on Monday in the historic courthouse on Court Street. Speaking to a large group of residents, Lewis briefly laid out the issues that are being discussed during the General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session, and then asked the […]

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  • Take politics out of redistricting, citizens say

    January 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Henrico Citizen By Megan Corsano 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 […]

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  • Gerrymandering film to be shown at Mary Baldwin

    January 24, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Take politics out of redistricting, citizens say

    January 24, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    ABC 8 News By Megan Corsano 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 […]

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  • Gerrymandering film to be shown at Mary Baldwin

    January 24, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Several Re-Districting Reform Bills on Table for Va. General Assembly

    January 23, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    NBC 29 This session, there’s growing momentum for re-districting reform in the state. At least a dozen bills up for debate in the General Assembly would shake up the way voting districts are drawn. Bills on the table propose things like prohibiting lawmakers from drawing districts with a political party or candidate in mind. Other legislation calls […]

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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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