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  • Competition and Fairness

    November 01, 2014 • News

    Daily Progress – November 1, 2014 “Not to take anything away from Rep. Scott, a dedicated public servant, but absence of a competitive campaign hurts residents of the 3rd District. They would be served by a spirited debate of ideas among candidates eager to win their vote.” Read the article from the Daily Progress here. 

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  • Virginia’s Redistricting Dilemma

    October 23, 2014 • News

    Virginian-Pilot – October 23, 2014 “When the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a provision of the Voting Rights Act last year, I never expected it would affect Virginia. But the recent district court ruling invalidating the 3rd Congressional District brings Virginia under a new set of rules.” Read the article from “PilotOnline” here.

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  • Forum Generates Many Questions On Redistricting

    October 15, 2014 • News

    Virginia Gazette – October 15, 2014 “Whether voters should choose their leaders or politicians should choose their own voters was the central questions of Tuesday evening’s forum on redistricting.” Read the article from the Virginia Gazette here. 

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  • Redistricting reform should start now

    August 21, 2014 • News

    Virginian-Pilot – August 21, 2014 “There were no surprises in Tuesday’s special elections. Voters in each of the three districts performed as expected. Thanks to the last redistricting, it’s unlikely we’ll see an interparty upset any time soon.” Read the article from “PilotOnline” here.

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  • House of Delegates Candidates in District 48 Agree

    August 13, 2014 • News

    INSIDENOVA – August 13, 2014 “Republican David Foster and Democrat Richard “Rip” Sullivan Jr. used a recent forum to press for an end to partisan redistricting of legislative electoral boundaries across Virginia.” Read the article from “INSIDENOVA” here.

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  • Reform redistricting: Creating an independent process will help ensure more accurate representation for Virginia voters

    August 10, 2014 • News

    Daily Press – August 10, 2014 Under our current redistricting system, it is difficult if not impossible to hold elected officials accountable to the people they are meant to serve. Communities cannot speak with a united voice. Gridlock worsens as protected incumbents have little incentive to negotiate or compromise, meaning Virginia sits idle rather than […]

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  • Bolling Calls for Redistricting Reform

    July 31, 2014 • News

    Daily Press – July 31, 2014 “Virginia’s badly gerrymandered congressional and legislative districts are poisoning our politics and leading the state toward a Washington-style gridlock, former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling told a small group of Peninsula business leaders Thursday.” Read the article here.

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  • NBC12 (Richmond) Viewpoint: Change is Coming – Redistricting 2021

    July 27, 2014 • News

    NBC12 – July 27, 2014 Vice President and General Manager Kym Grinnage spoke about redistricting, saying “Although the next census count will not be until 2020, it is 2021 that will have a profound effect on the legislative districts in Virginia for another 10 years. And those changes will affect each and every one of […]

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  • With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen

    June 27, 2014 • News

    Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service June 27, 2014 By large margins, Virginians don’t like the idea of politicians creating their own legislative districts. The once-a-decade exercise known as redistricting, which next rolls around in 2021, is a powerful tool for lawmakers to keep themselves and their party in office. When a district is obviously […]

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  • Sen. Tim Cullen: Uncontested races symptom of our flawed redistricting process

    June 20, 2014 • News

    The Cap Times Date: June 20, 2014 Article Link Wisconsin politics continues to suffer from a chronic illness that has silenced voters and diminished civility in state government. You may have noticed some of the symptoms yourself. Those symptoms include: • The hollowing out of the political middle — moderate legislators are quickly becoming a […]

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  • The Virginian Newsletter

    June 01, 2014 • News

    With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen Read the whole paper here

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  • Preserving power in Richmond

    March 12, 2014 • News

    The Virginian-Pilot Date Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Editorial Link In six years, the next Census will be under way. Data collected from households across the commonwealth will be used for a variety of purposes, including the reshaping of state and federal legislative districts.That redistricting effort is set, as always, to take place in Virginia’s General […]

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  • For a Better Result, End Gerrymandering

    March 11, 2014 • News

    The Wall Street Journal Author: David Patterson Date Tuesday, March 11, 2014 WSJ Article Link End the gerrymandering of House districts to protect incumbents and to engineer racial “diversity.”s None of the many letters of March 5 responding to William A. Galston’s proposal of four-year terms for members of the House of Representatives mention an […]

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  • A statewide group pushes back against redistricting business as usual

    February 25, 2014 • News

    Style Weekly Author: TINA GRIEGO Date Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Style Weekly Article Link A bipartisan coalition launched a multi-year campaign last week to wrench the process of redrawing Virginia’s legislative district boundaries from the hands of whatever party happens to be in power. Instead, the job of redistricting after every U.S. census to reflect […]

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  • Assembly 2014: Group Forms to Push Independent Redistricting

    February 23, 2014 • News

    NPR Author: Craig Carper Date Sunday, February 23, 2014 NPR Audio Link A new group of advocates pushing for non-partisan redistricting announced their formation to a large crowd at the state capitol last week. Craig Carper reports.  

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  • Former Lynchburg delegate Valentine leads redistricting group

    February 18, 2014 • News

    Author: Ray Reed News & Advance Date Tuesday, February 18, 2014 News & Advance Article Link RICHMOND – Former Del. Shannon Valentine of Lynchburg took a lead role Tuesday with a group that hopes to end gerrymandering in political districts. Valentine, who served in the House of Delegates from 2006 through 2009, is rounding up […]

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  • New group promotes nonpartisan redistricting for Va.

    February 18, 2014 • News

    The Virginian-Pilot Author: Bill Sizemore Date Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Virginian-Pilot Article Link In what may seem to some a Herculean task, a group of good-government activists is launching a multiyear campaign to establish a nonpartisan redistricting system for Virginia.Proposals to depoliticize the redrawing of lines for state legislative and congressional districts have routinely failed […]

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  • Group Aims to Reform Political Redistricting Process

    February 18, 2014 • News

    NBC29 Charlottesville, VA Date Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Washington Post Article Link A bipartisan group of current and former Virginia officials is trying to take politics out of the state’s redistricting process by the 2021 election.Currently, the legislature draws the state’s political lines after each census. But the lines often reflect which party is in […]

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  • Gerrymandered in Albemarle: Why does my delegate live 70 miles away?

    January 31, 2014 • News

    C-Ville Weekly Author: Lisa Provence Date: 1/31/14 Article Link: C-Ville Weelky “Here’s how redistricting works in Virginia: Following the U.S. Census every 10 years, the legislature redraws the state and congressional districts, which means the party in power votes on how the lines are drawn—and both parties are guilty of drawing lines in their favor. […]

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  • Our view: A penny for voters’ thoughts

    January 01, 2014 • News

    Roanoke Times Author: Roanoke Times Editorial Board Date: 1/1/14 Article Link: Roanoke Times “Redistricting is a necessary process that occurs every 10 years after the census is completed. The original intent was benign: to make sure districts have roughly equal populations as growth and settlement patterns shift over time. But even our Founding Fathers were […]

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  • Find a fairer process for redistricting

    December 14, 2013 • News

    Richmond Times Dispatch Author: Bob Gibson Date: 12/14/13 Article Link: Richmond Times Dispatch “Every 10 years, a partisan majority that redraws district lines drives a sharper stake through the heart of each chamber, as if trying to vanquish the vampire that has been cast as theother party. Some of the unhealthiest changes in politics during […]

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  • Farnsworth: Virginians prefer nonpartisan line-drawing

    April 08, 2013 • News

    Call it redistricting or even re-redistricting. Either way, Virginians really do not like politicians drawing their own legislative boundaries. Read the whole article here: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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