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  • Solutions to gerrymandering needed, not voter IDs

    August 23, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Letter to the Editor Herald-Whig (Illinois) This letter is in reply to the 8/12/16 letter which seems to cherry-pick points with regard to the conservative/progressive cause of the day; in this case, voter ID laws. The simple fact is that the potential voters most affected by a large majority by the more rigid, and rapidly being […]

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  • Making a push to change the drawing of legislative districts

    August 22, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Liam Misdial-Smith Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) Advocates for removing politicians from the process of drawing the boundaries of legislative districts have been pushing for such reforms since the 1980s. But they’re hoping that public support for nonpartisan redistricting is growing too strong for lawmakers to ignore.A state House panel reviewed a plan last week to overhaul […]

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  • During Lawmakers’ Recess, the Fight Againt Gerrymandering in Ohio Ramps Up

    August 22, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By M.L. Schultze WKSU (Ohio) Pressure to change how Ohio’s congressional maps are drawn continue even during the Legislature’s long recess. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more efforts to force the issue after the Nov. 8 election. Two Northeast Ohio lawmakers – Democrat Rep. Kathleen Clyde and Republican Sen. Frank LaRose – will discuss the redistricting bill […]

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  • Bill may reduce political redistricting impact

    August 21, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Robert Swift Citizens Voice (Pennsylvania) For proponents of legislative redistricting reform, the clock is ticking. They actually have a short window of time to overhaul the process by which state House and Senate districts and congressional districts are redrawn to reflect population changes in the next census in 2020. The process to give meaning to […]

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  • Can the States Save American Democracy?

    August 20, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Hedrick Smith The New York Times In this tumultuous election year, little attention has focused on the groundswell of support for political reform across grass-roots America. Beyond Bernie Sanders’s call for a political revolution, a broad array of state-level citizen movements are pressing for reforms against Citizens United, gerrymandering and campaign megadonors to give […]

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  • Voters in 2020 may find themselves in different divisions

    August 20, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Adele Ramos Amandala (Belize) Belize has a pool of nearly 200,000 voters spread across 31 constituencies or electoral divisions, and official information from the Elections and Boundaries Department indicates that roughly 73% of them voted in the last general election held on November 4, 2015. The next election is not due until 2020, but […]

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  • Best reply to courts on redistricting: Create nonpartisan commission

    August 19, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Editorial WRAL (North Carolina) When it comes elections, most everyone agrees the more people to the polls the better; and voters should pick their representatives, not the other way around. It’s not, however, the prevailing practice among North Carolina’s legislative leaders. Election law generally, and congressional and legislative maps specifically, have been concocted by a very […]

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  • Is it constitutional to draw a congressional district that only one party can win?

    August 15, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By David Savage The Baltimore Sun A crop of legal challenges to contorted legislative districts in states like Marylandwill soon give the Supreme Court its best opportunity in years to consider whether maps drawn for partisan advantage deprive voters of an equal voice in elections.

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  • Should it be legal to have a congressional district only one party can win?

    August 15, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By David Savage LA Times North Carolina may be a swing state in presidential politics, with polls showing Hillary Clinton now leading Donald Trump.But there’s no question who will win most of the state’s 13 House congressional districts in November. “It’s virtually certain that Republicans will hold their 10-to-3 advantage, regardless of what happens in the presidential race,” said David Wasserman, an analyst […]

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  • Gerrymandering, voter suppression rules facing tough time in courts

    August 12, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    David Kerr Inside NOVA Virginia has produced some of the finest statesmen America has ever known. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Mason. They held a firm belief in rights of the citizens to choose their own government. However, Virginia has always had a tough time living up to that philosophy. At one […]

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  • How Are Things Going in Newly Insane North Carolina? Glad You Asked.

    August 12, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Charles P. Pierce Esquire See this dude here? That’s Elbridge Gerry, proud son of the Commonwealth (God save it!) and signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, non-signer of the Constitution (no Bill of Rights), former congresscritter and the fifth vice-president of the United States. In 1812, while serving as governor […]

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  • New map creates political opportunities

    August 11, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    Editorial  The Richmond Times-Dispatch Politics sometimes resembles dominoes. An open seat here creates an open seat there — and perhaps over there. When the federal courts threw out Virginia’s congressional redistricting it opened a seat in the House of Representatives. The campaign to fill the 4th District likely will open a seat in the state […]

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  • Backroom Briefing: Never Too Early to Plan for Redistricting

    August 11, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida The dust settled only months ago on the once-a-decade project of redrawing Florida’s congressional and legislative districts to account for population changes. But because of the lengthy legal battle that followed the Legislature’s original efforts at drawing the lines, the beginning of the next redistricting process is less […]

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  • With endorsement, Rigell butts heads in a divided GOP

    August 11, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Travis Fain Daily Press U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell didn’t think it was newsworthy Friday, when he told a reporter he’d be voting Libertarian in the presidential election. But The New York Times went silent on the other end of the line. The reporter asked Rigell to repeat himself. Suddenly, the Virginia Beach Republican was […]

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  • Our Common Cause: End partisan gerrymandering

    August 11, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Karen Hobert Flynn The Hill In today’s highly charged political atmosphere, with so much attention focused on our disagreements, it’s easy to lose sight of Americans’ shared values. One of those is our belief that free speech means everyone’s voice should be heard and that every eligible voter should participate in elections that are […]

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  • Emily’s List eyes state races ahead of redistricting battle

    August 10, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Sarah Ferris The Hill A female-focused, pro-abortion rights political group is taking aim at GOP-controlled statehouses in 14 states in an attempt to give Democrats an edge in the next round of redistricting. Emily’s List on Wednesday announced a major campaign targeting state-level Republicans in elections through 2020, the next year that state officials will […]

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  • Illinois Republicans pushing for term limits, redistricting reform this fall

    August 10, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Megan Noe WQAD8 Illinois Republicans plan to push for term limits and redistricting reform when lawmakers return to Springfield this fall. At at press conference on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Republican Senator Neil Anderson was joined by Tony McCombie and Dan Swanson, candidates for state representative, in Moline. The group argued that reforms would help […]

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  • The Republicans’ big gerrymander could backfire in a major way

    August 10, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By John Pastil The Washington Post Some Republican leaders have expressed anxiety about a failed Trump campaign hurting GOP candidates all the way down the ballot. Media reports have focused on Trump’s negative impact on Republican Senate candidates, but the GOP majority in the House also merits attention.

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  • ‘Daily Show’ Points Out How U.S. Elections Are Rigged

    August 09, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    George Beck Yahoo The Daily Show host Trevor Noah discussed on Monday’s show how Donald Trump might be on to something with his claims that the U.S. election process is rigged. Noah said, “The more you look at it, the more you see that Donald Trump is right: Elections in America are rigged.” VIDEO HERE

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  • Common Cause video says half of all NC legislative races are uncontested due to gerrymandering

    August 09, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Will Doran Politifact North Carolina  Mostly True Gerrymandering: It’s something most people learned about in grade school but didn’t think much about until recently, when a deluge of court cases challenged the extent to which politicians can pick their constituents instead of the other way around.

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  • It’s time to end partisan redistricting

    August 07, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By The Editorial Board The News & Observer A great blind spot in the United States’ democratic system is that the courts ignore partisanship in assessing the fairness of election districts. Courts regularly throw out maps because they disenfranchise racial minorities, but they look past tactics that weaken the influence of those in the political […]

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  • How the GOP’s Cynical Election Strategy Is Imploding

    August 05, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By David Daley Moyers & Company | Op-Ed As Donald Trump enmeshed himself in a bitter fight with the parents of an American Muslim military hero — and Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and John McCain looked to put distance between themselves and their party’s presidential nominee — there’s actually worse news for Republicans. Several important court victories for […]

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  • Nullifying the Will of the People

    August 05, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Michael Bargo American Thinker There are two fundamental facts about governments. One is that they occupy a territory; their power to influence has physical boundaries. From the earliest days of tribal associations geographical space has been used to secure and administer the power of government.

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  • The latest reminder that it’s really, really hard to kick lawmakers out of office

    August 05, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Amber Phillips The Washington Post An anti-abortion lawmaker who, for four years, has been plagued by revelations he pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion just won yet another primary — and looks prepared to win a fourth term in Congress. In a week when we saw a tea party leader lose his job in Kansas— […]

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  • Common Cause challenges partisan gerrymandering in NC

    August 05, 2016 • Posted In: • News

    By Jim Morrill The Charlorlotte Observer In a potentially landmark lawsuit, Common Cause and the N.C. Democratic Party Friday launched the nation’s latest challenge to partisan gerrymandering. The suit, filed in a federal court in Greensboro, follows a long parade of redistricting litigation in North Carolina. It’s also one of several suits around the country contesting […]

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