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  • Judges in Md. redistricting case decry politically motivated electoral map

    July 17, 2017 • News

    The Washington Post By Ann E. Marimow and Josh Hicks A panel of federal judges on Friday sided with Republicans challenging Maryland’s electoral map, saying there is convincing evidence that the state’s Democratic leaders intentionally drew voting boundaries to make it easier for their party to pick up another congressional seat. One judge described the politically motivated mapmaking as […]

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  • Rappahannock lawyer to argue Supreme Court case on gerrymandering

    July 16, 2017 • News

    RappNews By Kit Goldfarb I recently had the opportunity to talk to lawyer Paul Smith about voting issues in Virginia and other states, especially the issue of gerrymandering. Smith, who divides his time between Flint Hill and Washington, D.C., is working on a number of important cases addressing voting rights, most notably an upcoming case […]

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  • Md. redistricting case could stall while Supreme Court hears Wisconsin case

    July 14, 2017 • News

    The Washington Post By Josh Hicks Republican voters who claim their constitutional rights were violated when Maryland redrew its congressional districts six years ago return to federal court Friday to argue that their case should move forward, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a similar dispute involving Wisconsin’s legislative map.

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  • Professor Rebecca Green, Scholars File Amicus Brief Challenging Gerrymandering in Virginia

    July 06, 2017 • News

    William & Mary Law School by Staff Professor Rebecca Green joined a group of Virginia law professors to file an amicus brief today supporting petitioners’ appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia in Vesilind v. Virginia State Board of Elections. The suit challenges the General Assembly’s 2011 legislative districts, contending that the General Assembly violated the state constitution’s […]

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  • A primer on gerrymandering and political polarization

    July 06, 2017 • News

    Brookings By Fred Dews The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear a Wisconsin case on political gerrymandering, the practice of drawing legislative boundaries that favors one political party (the one in charge of drawing the lines) in elections. The case will focus not on questions of racial bias, which was at issue in […]

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  • Politics, Partisanship and Redistricting

    June 26, 2017 • News

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD The increasing polarization in American politics has been on the minds of a great many people in recent days. One commentator, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, said the partisan divide reminds him of the split between Shiite and Sunni Muslims that’s tearing the Middle East apart. While the causes of […]

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  • Editorial: Districts should reflect reality, not politicians’ will

    June 26, 2017 • News

    By Virginia Pilot Editorial Board FOR ALL THE genius they poured into the architecture of the federal system, the framers of the U.S. Constitution devoted scant attention to the central issue of how to draw the districts that determine representation in the U.S. House. Article I, Section 2 of the governing document spells out the […]

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  • Analysis: Virginia districts drawn to help GOP

    June 26, 2017 • News

    By Alan Suderman Washington Post RICHMOND, Va. — Energized Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump means Virginians will have a lot more choices when they pick members to the state House of Delegates this year. But many Democratic candidates will be facing a stacked deck as Virginia is one of several states where favorably drawn […]

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  • Do we really want the Supreme Court to decide how partisan is too partisan?

    June 26, 2017 • EditorialNews

    By Charles Lane Washington Post On Dec. 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended the recount of Florida’s votes in that year’s presidential election, effectively awarding 25 electoral votes to Republican George W. Bush and making him president. The decision was 5 to 4, with the most conservative Republican-appointed justices in favor of Bush. Democrats condemned […]

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  • Can math stop partisan gerrymandering?

    June 22, 2017 • News

    By Sam Wang and Brian Remlinger Los Angeles Times Of all the problems in our democracy, near the top of the list is partisan gerrymandering. Because legislators reserve for themselves the power to draw district boundaries, dozens of seats across America are uncompetitive and tens of millions of citizens are left with little influence over […]

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  • The Supreme Court has a chance to rein in partisan gerrymandering

    June 21, 2017 • News

    By Editorial Board Washington Post POLITICIANS HAVE been manipulating legislative district lines in order to tip electoral results their way for about as long as the Republic has existed. The term “gerrymander” was coined 205 years ago. But the tools and methods have become far more sophisticated, resulting in extremely warped electoral maps that curb […]

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  • Democrats just got some very good news from the Supreme Court on gerrymandering

    June 21, 2017 • News

    By Aaron Blake The Washington Post The Supreme Court just made a major decision without actually issuing a decision. On Monday morning, the justices announced that they would take up a case out of Wisconsin that could result in a ruling on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. Democrats should be cautiously very happy with this.

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  • Pennsylvania Lawsuit Says House Redistricting Is Partisan Gerrymander

    June 16, 2017 • News

    By Michael Wines New York Times Voting-rights advocates in Pennsylvania filed suit on Thursday to nullify the state’s congressional-district map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, joining other court battles over the role of politics in redistricting already being waged in three other states. It is the latest major legal effort arguing that gerrymanders have become […]

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  • Grassroots Organization Educates Voters on Gerrymandering

    June 14, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Victoria Wresilo CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – As Virginia primary voters went to the polls to weigh in on who they want to run for governor and lieutenant governor, one grassroots organization worked to educate voters on redistricting across the commonwealth and how it affects the November election. The nonpartisan group OneVirginia2021 is advocating for […]

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  • Schapiro: Winning’s not all it’s cracked up to be

    June 14, 2017 • News

    By Jeff E Schapiro Richmond Times Dispatch Gov. Terry McAuliffe is his own stalking horse for president in 2020, raising money for candidates and pushing to depoliticize redistricting. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, mentioned again for president after a brief go in 2008, is leading the investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 election.  

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  • Va. group pushing for redistricting reform reaches out to Valley voters Virginia group talks nonpartisan redistricting in Staunton

    June 13, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Alex Johnson STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)– If you look at a map of Virginia’s House and Senate districts, you’ll find boundaries that may seem to have no rhyme or reason; but according to some, it’s no accident the district lines were drawn this way back in 2010 by state legislatures. To One Virginia 2021, who […]

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  • Ready or not, Virginia is back at the center of the political universe

    June 12, 2017 • News

    By Laura Vozella and Fenit Nirappil Washington Post Front doors swing open across Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley, and Jennifer Brown pops what should be an easy question: Do you plan to vote in the Republican primary for governor? These are not just any front doors, but those belonging to reliable GOP primary voters, people fired […]

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  • Supreme Court could tackle partisan gerrymandering in watershed case

    June 12, 2017 • News

    By Robert Barnes Washington Post MADISON, Wis. — With newly elected Scott Walker in the governor’s office and a firm grip on the legislature, Wisconsin Republicans in 2011 had a unique opportunity to redraw the state’s electoral maps and fortify their party’s future. Aides were dispatched to a private law firm to keep their work […]

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  • Attorney touts change proposed for redistricting

    June 09, 2017 • News

    By Debbie Wachter New Castle News Local and statewide activist groups are heralding an effort to stop gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. About 20 citizens attended a session at the New Castle Public Library on Monday, where Christian Rieger of Cranberry, an attorney who practices in Pittsburgh, explained the concept of gerrymandering — drawing Congressional and Legislative district […]

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  • Fix democracy and end partisan gerrymandering: Carol Nechemias and Robert Naeye

    June 08, 2017 • News

    By Carol Nechemias Press & Journal Are you tired of endless political gridlock? Disappointed in uncontested elections? Frustrated that you can’t throw the bums out? Gerrymandering — the drawing of legislative districts to favor one party or the other — lurks behind these troubling trends. Gerrymandering is as old as our country, practiced by politicians […]

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  • O’Malley makes the case for Hogan’s reforms

    June 02, 2017 • News

    The Baltimore Sun  How the courts will react to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Maryland’s redistricting process, we can’t say. The Supreme Court did recently strike down some of the congressional district boundaries in North Carolina, but that was on the relatively well-trodden ground of racial discrimination in redistricting. Maryland’s case, and a […]

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  • Md. gerrymandering lawsuit could impact 2018 voting map

    June 01, 2017 • News

    By Josh Hicks Washington Post Seven individuals challenging Maryland’s 6th Congressional District as unconstitutional are asking a federal court to overturn the state’s voting map or block officials from using it in the 2018 election.

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  • You Either Want to Change the System or You Don’t

    June 01, 2017 • EditorialNewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Brian Cannon On a recent panel at the Aspen Institute (starting at 51:30), Tom Perez (DNC Chair) and Michael Steele (former RNC Chair) touched on the issue of redistricting reform. Perez said one of the most important things we need to do is engage in redistricting reform. Steele agreed. He also applauded Governor Larry Hogan’s […]

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  • SCOTUS grapples with partisan gerrymandering

    May 30, 2017 • News

    By Ariane De Vogue Tristate WASHINGTON (CNN) – During a lull between elections, the Supreme Court is taking on a hot-button political issue that could change the way legislative lines are drawn across the country.

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  • Documentary “Gerryrigged” conveys electoral line-drawing at its worst. And Virginia takes the spotlight.

    May 25, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Roger Chesley The Virginian Pilot Virginia’s 8th Congressional District has a shape only a contortionist could love. Rep. Don Beyer’s territory looks like a huge question mark. Or maybe even an “evil guy laughing,” according to a man viewing the Northern Virginia district’s outlines, Rorschach-style, in “Gerryrigged: Turning Democracy on Its Head.” The advocacy […]

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