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  • GERRYMANDERING: A SOURCE OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH US POLITICS

    October 29, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    WhoWhatWhy Staff Who.What.Why Even if Hillary Clinton wins the White House on November 8 and millions more votes are cast for Democrats than Republicans, it is highly unlikely that the GOP will lose control of the House of Representatives. The reason is gerrymandering, the practice of drawing congressional district boundaries for the sole purpose of keeping […]

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  • In redistricting, geography is destiny

    October 29, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Bernie Niemeyer Virginia Business (Opinion) Depending on when you read this you will either be about to cast votes on November’s ballot or you will have already cast them.  Regardless of the choices, I encourage everyone to exercise their civic duty. Paraphrasing T.S. Eliot, November is the cruelest month.  Some candidates will be hired and others […]

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  • Virginia’s Redistricting Case Could Have Historic, Nation-wide Consequences

    October 28, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Michael Pope WVTF Justices of the United States Supreme Court are set to hear a case from Virginia that could have dramatic consequences for how politicians draw the districts they represent. Did Republicans illegally pack black voters into a handful of House of Delegates districts in Hampton Roads and Richmond? That’s the case justices […]

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  • Rig The Election … With Math!

    October 28, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    FiveThirtyEight Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up a problem related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. These problems, puzzles and riddles come from many top-notch puzzle folks around the world — including you! Recently, we started something new: Riddler Express problems. These are bite-size puzzles that don’t […]

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  • Ralph Northam on OneVirginia2021’s new redistricting reform documentary

    October 28, 2016 • Posted In: • 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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  • How to gerrymander your way to a huge election victory

    October 28, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Christopher Ingraham The Washington Post A recent analysis by political scientists John Sides and Eric McGhee suggests that Democrats are poised to win a majority of votes in U.S. House contests but walk away with a minority of seats — again. As I wrote last week, a big factor in this odd disparity is the way some Republican […]

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  • Yes, US elections are rigged – but not in the way Donald Trump thinks

    October 27, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Trevor Trimm The Guardian If Donald Trump actually cared about “rigged” elections, he would stop complaining about the demonstrably false “voter fraud” myth he keeps peddling and instead focus on the real problem: gerrymandering – the changing of electoral boundaries for political gain. Of course he’ll never do that, since gerrymandering is a Republican party speciality […]

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  • How incumbency, not gerrymandering, may protect the Republican House majority

    October 27, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Michael Barber Washington Post As we enter the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump’s struggles have led to speculation about serious consequences for House and Senate Republicans. Some are even suggesting that control of the House is up for grabs. The counterargument, however, is that House Republicans are protected by the Republican-led gerrymandering after the 2010 Census. As the story goes, this […]

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  • Obama’s right to tackle redistricting, but it won’t be easy

    October 27, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Avi Green The Hill This year’s election has been a long and frustrating slog, in large part because Republican primary voters nominated Donald Trump, a character whose positions, words, and behaviors are nothing short of frightening. When the election finally ends, voters will naturally want — and deserve — a break from all the campaigning. But […]

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  • How Secret Republican Gerrymandering Push Devastated Jewish Lawmakers

    October 27, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By J.J. Goldberg Forward (Opinion) With a landslide presidential victory likely in just a few days, Democrats are quickly turning their attention to the thorny question of how a Hillary Clinton administration might advance an agenda in the face of an obstructionist, Republican-run Congress. Polling analysts give Democrats good odds — better than 2–1 — of […]

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  • Here, try to piece 6 states back together with their gerrymandered districts

    October 26, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Monica Riese The Daily Dot Just when our political process starts to feel like a reality show, something arrives to remind you that no, it’s actually a game. Making the rounds again this week is Slate’s 2013 gerrymandering puzzle game, in which players race against the clock to piece together the bizarre formations of congressional districts […]

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  • Obama, Holder to lead post-Trump redistricting campaign

    October 19, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Edward Isaac Dovere Politico As Democrats aim to capitalize on this year’s Republican turmoil and start building back their own decimated bench, former Attorney General Eric Holder will chair a new umbrella group focused on redistricting reform — with the aim of taking on the gerrymandering that’s left the party behind in statehouses and […]

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  • Obama’s post-presidency political focus: Redistricting

    October 19, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Juliet Eilperin The Washington Post Hoping to regain lost ground in the states before elected officials there redraw congressional maps for the next decade, Democrats have launched a new group that will enlist the aid of President Obama as well as a slew of the party’s liberal allies. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which will […]

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  • These two NC Republicans say it’s time to end gerrymandering

    October 12, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Jim Morrill Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) Two prominent North Carolina Republicans urged their party’s leadership to do something they’ve been reluctant to do – adopt a system of independent political redistricting. Former Gov. Jim Martin and former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot made the case before an audience of business leaders at a Hood-Hargett luncheon at […]

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  • State-by-State Efforts to End Partisan Gerrymandering

    October 11, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Brandon Fallon IVN.com Gerrymandering is nearly as old as America itself, named after James Madison’s vice president and governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry. The advantageous practice of drawing legislative districts along partisan lines may seem unfair, but thanks to the support from the two major parties it has remained part of the status quo for […]

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  • DON’T LET REDISTRICTING SETBACK STOP REFORM EFFORTS

    October 11, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Andy Shaw Better Government Association (Illinois) The cantankerous Greek philosopher-cynic Diogenes gained notoriety by carrying a lantern through the streets of Athens in search of an honest man. He never found one, and it’s fair to say he’d have no more luck today searching for a legal and politically viable way to draw fair legislative […]

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  • NC BUSINESS OWNERS FORM COALITION TO FIGHT GERRYMANDERING

    October 05, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Gloria Rodriguez ABC 11 (North Carolina) Business owners gathered at Trophy Brewing in Raleigh to announce a new coalition called “NC Business Leaders for Accountability.” They say their goal is to end political gerrymandering in North Carolina. More than 50 business owners are part of the coalition which has joined forces with Common Cause North […]

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  • The most important Supreme Court cases that could come down to 4-4 ties this term

    October 05, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Taylor Dolmen Vice News It’s been 201 days of Republican inaction since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, which means that when oral arguments begin for the fall term on Tuesday, they will still be heard by eight justices instead of nine. Despite the risk of a polarizing case ending in a tie […]

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

    October 05, 2016 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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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  • Tech can solve gerrymandering

    October 02, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Letter to the Editor The Daily Progress Gerrymandering of congressional districts is a topic of concern on the eve of congressional elections. Almost without exception, politicians are avoiding changes to the current lines. They claim it is impossible to appoint any group free of political bias to draw new district lines.

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  • Wyoming’s ‘ghost constituents’

    October 01, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Joan Barron Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming) Although the next census is still a few years off, it looks as though the Census Bureau will again count incarcerated people as residents of the towns where they are confined, not their homes. During a public comment period on the proposal, about 100,000 people, including former Census Bureau […]

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  • Gerrymandering, not voters, decide who goes to Congress

    October 01, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Robert Brischetto My San Antonio Democracy is not served when the popular will is not reflected in the outcome of elections. This has happened in the past two U.S. House elections. In 2012, 1.4 million more Americans voted for Democrats, but Republicans came away with a 33-seat advantage. In the 2014 elections, Democrats received 1.3 million more votes than […]

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  • After failing in Pierre, redistricting forces turn to ballot

    September 26, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    AP Clean Times Herald (South Dakota) After years of trying to get South Dakota legislators to surrender control of redistricting to an independent commission, supporters of the idea are trying to do it instead through a constitutional amendment. Backers say the measure before voters this November would eliminate lawmakers’ conflict of interest and make people feel […]

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  • Partisan Gerrymandering Test Proposed

    September 26, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Patrick Gannon The Mountaineer (North Carolina) A new lawsuit alleges a congressional redistricting plan drawn by Republicans in Raleigh is “one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in modern American history.” It’s not just a wild assertion made for effect. The plaintiffs say they can back it up. The lawsuit, filed by the Southern Coalition for Social […]

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