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  • League of Women Voters Lynchburg to host meeting on gerrymandering

    September 26, 2016 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Alex Rohr The News & Advance The League of Women Voters Lynchburg will host a meeting Oct. 5, titled “Rigged Elections and a Path Forward,” featuring a nonpartisan redistricting advocate, according to a news release from the organization. The event at the Lynchburg Public Library, 2315 Memorial Ave., begins with a 5 p.m. social time […]

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  • The issues of ‘representativeness’

    September 25, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Lloyd Amdahl The Bismarck Tribune Measure No. 1 on the November ballot is a constitutional amendment that would require all legislators to live in the districts they represent and, if they move out of the district, they must resign. The proposed amendment is simple and direct but it attempts to solve a problem that […]

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  • League of Women Voters challenges NC congressional districts as partisan gerrymanders

    September 25, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Anne Blythe The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) A lawsuit filed on Tuesday is the second in North Carolina that could test the breadth to which lawmakers can design congressional districts to a political advantage. The League of Women Voters and a dozen Democratic voters filed their case in federal court challenging the North Carolina congressional district plan […]

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  • North Carolina and Maryland challenge gerrymandering

    September 24, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Sam Weber and Laura Fong PBS The vast majority of votes cast for the United States House of Representatives this fall will be in races where the winner is an almost foregone conclusion. Only about 25 of the 435 races are considered truly competitive by the Cook Political Report. In Maryland, Republican Dr. Mark Plaster […]

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  • New system for drawing Indiana’s political maps taking shape

    September 24, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Journal (Indiana) A plan is taking shape to consider putting a citizen commission in charge of redrawing legislative district boundaries in Indiana, a change that lawmakers and others say would make the process less political. Members of a special committee created to study the issue have started discussing how such a commission would work, The […]

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  • UIUC Profs Use Illinois Supercomputer to Take on Partisan Gerrymandering

    September 22, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Karis Hustad Chicago Inno Though the approval rating for Congress is at just 18 percent, the re-election rate is approximately 95 percent. Why do politicians with low approval ratings continue to get re-elected? Many point to partisan gerrymandering, drawing legislative district maps that discriminate against a political party to benefit another. Though both parties and many voters oppose […]

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  • Indiana could change how its legislative districts are drawn

    September 21, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Dan Carden NWI Times It appears likely that Hoosier lawmakers next year at least will consider putting a citizen commission in charge of the once-a-decade process of redrawing legislative district boundaries. In its penultimate meeting Monday, the state’s two-year Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting seemed to move definitively past the question of whether a […]

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  • Zach Galifianakis Wants You to Know How Bad Gerrymandering Has Gotten

    September 21, 2016 • Posted In: • News

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  • A lesson in gerrymandering at Lynchburg College

    September 20, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Alex Rohr The News & Advance  While a redistricting advocate used statistics to articulate how gerrymandering has taken away real choice in American democracy, an analogy from popular culture connected with Lynchburg College seniors Monday. Brian Cannon, executive director of thenonpartisan OneVirginia2021, showed a picture of a hobbit, a peaceful and contented creature from “The […]

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  • How technology is harming American democracy

    September 19, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Rick Newman Yahoo! Finance What in the world is wrong with Congress? There are many theories, ranging from the flood of money into politics to a coarsening, Kardashianesque society. But here’s one cause you may not have thought of: the same digital technology that brought us the Internet, smartphones and GPS. Former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell […]

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  • Can America’s democracy survive precise, self-serving, high-tech ‘gerrymandering’?

    September 17, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Jay Thorwaldsen Palo Alto Online (California) When Joe Simitian ran for state Senate in 2004 he discovered that his district “resembled an old-fashioned telephone handset,” as he described it at the time. One end encompassed Midpeninsula communities, including his home base of Palo Alto, where he was deeply rooted and well-known. The other end was […]

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  • Why government is a big mess

    September 16, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Editorial The Intelligencer Want to know why Congress is such a mess and our own state Legislature isn’t any better and probably worse? Blame it on redistricting. That’s the process by which legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years, supposedly to reflect demographic changes as determined by census data. In reality, district boundaries are redrawn […]

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  • Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois legislature must pass redistricting this fall

    September 16, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Bruce Rauner The State Journal-Register (Illinois) It’s time we return the power of Illinois government back to the people. Our current political system is broken. It’s rigged against us. Our government is unaccountable to the people. The people of Illinois deserve a more just and fair system. Unfortunately, the Illinois Supreme Court has now blocked a […]

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  • State Supreme Court broadens lawmakers’ ability to keep documents secret

    September 16, 2016 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

      By Travis Fain Daily Press The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday firmed up a legislative privilege that allows General Assembly members, and people who work with them, to keep documents secret. The decision saves four state senators, and two former ones, from contempt of court fines that had been mounting in the case since April. It also makes clear […]

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  • Computer won’t end gerrymandering

    September 15, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Catherine Turcer – Common Cause Ohio The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) In his Friday letter “Use computer to redraw districts,” Ivan Smith bemoaned gerrymandering, and he is absolutely right. The strategic manipulation of congressional districts for partisan advantage — gerrymandering — leads to truly noncompetitive elections.

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  • Why Is the NYT Ignoring One of the Biggest Political Realities in America?

    September 14, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By David Daley/Salon AlterNet The March 4, 2010, edition of the Wall Street Journal must not have arrived at either then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office or at The New York Times. It was a bad day to miss the paper, because Karl Rove took to the op-ed page and displayed the GOP playbook to dominate […]

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  • The Tories are using the boundary changes for ruthless gerrymandering

    September 13, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Owen Jones The Guardian (Great Britain) A ruthless gerrymandering of British democracy to favour the partisan interests of the Conservative party: that’s what the new electoral boundary proposals amount to. Slashing the number of MPs from 650 to 600 given our growing population is, at the outset, “daft”, as Labour’s Chris Bryant puts it. It will make it that […]

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  • Illinois Supreme Court again rejects redistricting reform for ballot

    September 13, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Dan Petrel – Springfield Bureau Chief Heard & Review (Illinois) Supporters of a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would’ve created an independent commission to redraw legislative districts once a decade are figuring out their path forward after the state Supreme Court dealt their plan a final, fatal blow. In a 4-3 party-line decision Monday, […]

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  • GerryRIGGED Trailer!

    September 12, 2016 • Posted In: • Other

    We are excited to show you the trailer for GerryRIGGED! Help Us Show This All Over Virginia!   Find A Showing Near You!      

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  • Election Day 2016

    September 12, 2016 • Posted In: • Other

    We will be out at the polls this November 8th + we need you to join us. Donate just two hours t0 this cause and it’ll make a major difference! Want to help out? Contact Blake Wheelock at B.Wheelock@onevirginia2021.org We are looking for volunteers from all parts of the state. So no matter if you are from […]

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  • How an outdated practice is undermining voting power for people of color

    September 12, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Charles Paul Hoffman Fusion In the spring of 2013, a coalition of progressive groups led by the NAACP’s North Carolina chapter united to protest a string of regressive laws enacted by the state’s Republican-dominated legislature. Over just a few months, North Carolina’s legislature rejected Medicaid expansion, cut unemployment benefits, raised taxes on the poor, and enacted a draconian […]

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  • Has Arizona Found a Solution to Gerrymandering?

    September 09, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    by Yael Grauer Yes! Magazine For most of her voting life, Arizona resident Serena Unrein has lived in non-competitive congressional districts. “They were either solidly Republican or solidly Democratic, so it was hard to feel like my vote really mattered in a congressional election,” she said. In 2005, she moved to congressional District 4, which […]

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  • Few competitive races for SC voters in November

    September 09, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Jamie Self The State (South Carolina) S.C. voters will pick their choice for president, Congress and dozens of state legislative races in November. But how much will their votes matter? Not much, maybe. The contests in most S.C. legislative districts were over before qualifying for the races opened or were settled in June’s primary. On Nov. 8, […]

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  • Fighting partisan gerrymandering is a job for the Supreme Court

    August 31, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Editorial Board Los Angeles Times (California) Partisan gerrymandering — the drawing of legislative districts to benefit one political party at the expense of another — is a venerable feature of American politics. It’s also an insidious and anti-democratic practice. Especially with the advent of sophisticated computer programs, districts can be designed so that a party […]

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  • GerryRIGGED

    August 31, 2016 • Posted In: • Other

    Help OneVirginia2021 Show This Film All Over Virginia Coming to a theatre near you! Tuesday, October 25th – Fredericksburg 6:30pm – Reception 7:00-8:30pm – Presentation Germanna Community College Workforce & Technology Center Sealy Auditorium 10000 Germanna Point Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 Wednesday, October 26th – Fredericksburg 7:00pm – Reception 7:30-9:00pm – Presentation University of Mary […]

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