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  • Editorial: Why we need a redistricting commission

    March 20, 2019 • EditorialNews

    Monday’s hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court about Virginia’s long-running racial gerrymandering lawsuit proves why the state needs a redistricting commission. The case stems from the Republican-led House of Delegates’ use of racial targets when it redrew the House electoral map in the 2011 redistricting process. A Democratic lawyer filed the suit in 2014 on […]

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  • A. E. Dick Howard column: Redistricting Commission amendment is a landmark, but work remains to put it in the Virginia Constitution

    March 19, 2019 • EditorialNewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Many people inveigh against partisan gerrymandering. Now, we in Virginia are about to do something about it. At its most recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment that would effectively end that nefarious practice by giving citizens a direct say regarding the drawing of legislative and congressional districts in Virginia. Moreover, the […]

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  • A big step toward fair redistricting

    March 07, 2019 • EditorialNewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Smithfield Times Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Virginia took a major step toward eliminating the gerrymandering of legislative districts during the waning days of the now-concluded General Assembly session. States are charged with creating congressional and state legislative districts after the national census is conducted every 10 years. Historically, the Virginia General Assembly has undertaken […]

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  • The State of Redistricting as Reforms Pass Key Test

    March 04, 2019 • EditorialNews

    After almost a decade of hard work, advocates of redistricting reform in Virginia had much to celebrate last Sunday when the General Assembly adjourned, closing its 2019 session. Finally, a credible reform package in the form of an amendment to the Virginia Constitution had passed both the House of Delegates and the state Senate, a […]

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  • It’s Down to the Wire on Redistricting Reform

    February 18, 2019 • Editorial

    Danville Register & Bee By THE EDITORIAL BOARD The Commonwealth of Virginia is as close as it has ever been in the last half-century to giving the average citizen control of the government. Redistricting reform, long a dream of good-government advocates, has passed both houses of the General Assembly, but now the Virginia Senate and […]

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  • MARCHI: The Future is Now for GOP End to Gerrymandering

    February 12, 2019 • EditorialNews

    REPUBLICANS HAVE TWO MAJOR REASONS TO WANT REAL REDISTRICTING REFORM. In Maryland, where I own a home healthcare business, redistricting reform is a Republican issue – but in Virginia where lived and worked for years as the state director of Americans for Prosperity, redistricting reform is seen as a Democratic issue. That’s odd because just […]

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  • Redistricting Reform Alive and Well in Virginia

    January 31, 2019 • Editorial

    One way or another, redistricting reform in the commonwealth is moving forward through the General Assembly — something cynical pundits never truly believed would be tackled in any meaningful way. Oh, it’s been by fits and start and smoke-filled room deals, but advocates for changing Virginia’s hyperpartisan way of drawing its federal and state legislative […]

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  • These local business leaders want to put end to government gridlock

    January 31, 2019 • Editorial

     Robert Giaimo, the CEO of Silver Diner Inc., has over the years grown increasingly frustrated with political gridlock in Washington. The record 35-day partial government shutdown that furloughed 800,000 federal workers (and just ended — at least for three weeks) has been one of the biggest pieces of that frustration. It was the impetus for […]

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  • Viewpoint: Fix our gerrymandered politics before it’s too late

    January 31, 2019 • Editorial

    Our political system is broken. Our gridlocked elected representatives are presently unable to maintain the most basic responsibility of their position: a functioning government. Our government has just presided over a record-long shutdown that impacted the pay of an estimated 800,000 federal workers and scores of federal contractors. Businesses that depend on the basic functioning […]

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  • Editorial: It’s time to fix a broken redistricting system in Virginia

    January 31, 2019 • Editorial

    VIRGINIA HOUSE SPEAKER Kirk Cox on Monday signaled his willingness to reform the commonwealth’s redistricting system, to include amendment of the state Constitution to create an independent commission to draw legislative boundaries.    The Colonial Heights Republican had long opposed such reforms, rejecting the need to take responsibility for redistricting away from lawmakers. But faced with […]

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  • Editorial: Redistricting resolution looks promising

    January 18, 2019 • Editorial

    In a press release on Tuesday, state Sens. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Augusta, and Mamie E. Locke, D-Hampton, announced SJ274, which would end political gerrymandering by taking redistricting out of the hands of politicians and creating Virginia’s first Citizens Redistricting Commission. The commission’s membership will be chosen during a series of meetings made up of […]

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  • COMMENTARY: Redistricting should serve the citizens first

    January 14, 2019 • Editorial

    VERY citizen of the commonwealth should have an equal voice in the election of those who govern and enact laws that affect their lives. That principle undergirds our democracy. I don’t believe anyone would disagree with it. But statements of principle are operationalized by human beings. And this is where it can get dicey. Read […]

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  • Washington Post: Nonpartisan redistricting sought in Virginia

    January 04, 2019 • Editorial

    RICHMOND — Virginia should take the task of political mapmaking away from politicians and turn it over to a nonpartisan redistricting commission, a group of legal experts and former elected officials said Thursday, as they announced plans to try to make that happen by amending the state constitution. The effort to scrap how the state draws […]

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  • A.E. Dick Howard and Rebecca Green: A chance to end gerrymandering in Virginia

    December 12, 2018 • EditorialNews

    THE GREATER THE POWER, so the saying goes, the greater the abuse. The power to design election districts is undeniably great. Its abuse — gerrymandering boundaries to favor one party or hurt the other — undermines democracy itself. Losing faith in fair elections erodes people’s trust in government. In the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session, the people […]

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  • Gibson: Will Virginians get a chance to end gerrymandering?

    September 24, 2018 • Editorial

    In four months, Virginia lawmakers will have to deal with the partisan question of whether to ditch or preserve the majority-party power to redraw district lines to suit themselves. Their choice is made more difficult by the temptation for many in each party to believe that they will own majorities when the 2020 Census data […]

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  • Digby Solomon on gerrymandering

    September 24, 2018 • Editorial

    Virginia’s Democrats, like their national counterparts, have finally gotten religion about the evils of gerrymandering. It’s ironic, considering their political ancestors provided the inspiration for the term used to describe the packing of election districts for the benefit of a particular party. The Massachusetts Gazette coined the term in 1812 to describe state senatorial election districts […]

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  • Drawing the lines on gerrymandering

    January 15, 2018 • EditorialNews

    CBS News By Mo Rocca Federal judges this past week ordered a redrawing of the lines between Congressional Districts in North Carolina, while the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a similar ruling in Texas. And then there’s Pennsylvania — which features a Congressional map that, some critics say, looks like a cartoon. […]

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  • Of Judges and Gerrymanders

    October 03, 2017 • EditorialNews

    The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board The Supreme Court risks making the judiciary an even larger political target. Partisan gerrymanders predate the republic, though improved technology has made it easier for politicians to pick their voters. This makes elections less competitive and politics perhaps more polarized, but the question before the Supreme Court […]

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  • The Supreme Court should strike down Wisconsin’s gerrymandering

    September 13, 2017 • Editorial

    The Washington Post By Editorial Board THE SUPREME COURT has long kept a distance from arguments over gerrymandering, that most American practice of redrawing the lines of legislative districts in order to tip elections toward the party in power. But early next month, the justices will hear a challenge to the 2011 redrawing of Wisconsin’s state […]

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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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  • 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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  • Maryland Democrats’ faux redistricting reform

    May 12, 2017 • EditorialNews

    By Editorial Board The Washington Post WITH ITS preposterously gerrymandered congressional voting districts, Maryland is an outstanding example of why states need nonpartisan redistricting reform. But the redistricting bill that emerged this year in Annapolis — in equal parts cynical and ludicrous — makes clear that the Democrats who dominate both houses of the General […]

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  • Districting decision disappoints

    April 05, 2017 • EditorialNews

    The Daily Progress Editorial Last week’s circuit court ruling upholding the constitutionality of 11 state legislative districts was a setback for the anti-gerrymandering crusade. The redistricting reform group OneVirginia2021, which was founded in Charlottesville but now operates out of Richmond, had filed suit alleging that the districts were unconstitutionally drawn — particularly, that they were […]

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  • Time to revamp redistricting

    March 24, 2017 • EditorialNews

    Editorial The Virginian-Pilot MUCH LIKE SISYPHUS pushing his boulder up a mountainside, advocates for redistricting reform will spend today lobbying lawmakers in Richmond to support changes to the way that all-important process is conducted. Perhaps, this time, they’ll have better results than the mythological figure of Greek lore.

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