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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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  • 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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