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  • Richmond Judge Allowing Anti-Gerrymandering Suit to Move Forward

    March 28, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    NBC29 Alana Austin A Richmond judge says an anti-gerrymandering suit can go forward. If the case makes its way to trial, then the final ruling could have wide-reaching impacts on Virginia and other states. The advocacy group OneVirginia2021 brought this legal challenge, arguing lawmakers in the General Assembly violated the Virginia constitution when drawing state legislative districts.  

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  • Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real ‘Rigged System’ Is Gerrymandering

    March 20, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WVTF By Sarah McCammon If the election results of 2016 were really about rejecting the political establishment, then Congress didn’t get the memo. After all, 97 percent of incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking re-election won even as national polls show overwhelming disapproval of Congress. Advocates for redistricting reform hope voters are ready to pay more attention to […]

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  • In Virginia, Advocates Hope To Engage Voters In Redistricting Reform Efforts

    March 17, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    NPR Sarah McCammon In the wake of the 2016 election, redistricting reform advocates are hoping to engage voters in efforts to reduce partisan gerrymandering. In Virginia, activism is taking the form of a lawsuit and grassroots campaign.

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  • Va. redistricting trial is just that

    March 15, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Jeff Shapiro (Monthly Article Limit) In his other, other life, Ry Marchant — litigator-turned-judge — has been a restaurateur. As such, Marchant has an appreciation for detail: How atmosphere is complemented by menu. How ingredients enhance a dish. Whether a chef knows that — or doesn’t. How staff engages patrons. And how […]

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  • Redistricting talk next week in Newport News

    March 08, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Daily Press By Travis Fain The head of a group pushing redistricting reform in Virginia, which is behind one of three lawsuits to challenge state election lines in recent years, will speak next week in Newport News. Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021, will speak at the Newport News Main Street Library Wednesday, March 15, […]

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  • Richmond judge rules anti-gerrymandering lawsuit can move forward

    February 28, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw A Richmond judge ruled Tuesday that an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of several state legislative districts can move forward. After an hourlong hearing, Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant rejected a motion by the House of Delegates leadership to have the case dismissed before a trial. The case, brought […]

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  • Anti-gerrymandering suit moves forward after failed GA attempts

    February 28, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WTVR By Jake Burns A Richmond judge said some legislative districts in Virginia are shaped like “salamanders,” before he allowed an anti-gerrymandering case to move forward Tuesday. Judge W. Reilly Marchant denied a summary judgment request from lawyers representing Republican leaders in the House of Delegates.  Granting the motion would have dismissed the case before it […]

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  • Anti-Gerrymandering Lawsuit Moves Forward in Virginia

    February 28, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WVTF By Mallory Noe-Payne A lawsuit against Virginia’s House of Delegates for how they drew district lines back in 2011 will be moving forward. A judge in Richmond ruled today to not dismiss the case.  Virginia’s lawmakers re-draw the boundaries of their districts every ten years, when new census numbers come out. OneVirginia2021, an advocacy […]

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  • Anti-Gerrymandering Suit Moves Forward

    February 28, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    idea station By Saraya Wintersmith A Richmond judge has ruled that an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit is free to move forward. The suit centers on whether several legislative districts drawn in 2011 meet required compactness standards. The challenge was brought on by One Virginia 2021. The group’s Executive Director Brian Cannon was happy with the judge’s ruling Tuesday. […]

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  • Gerrymandering’s Insidious Power: Why Redistricting Matters

    February 28, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    OpEdNews By Meryl Ann Butler Pushing for redistricting may not be the sexiest form of activism, but it is essential. Opednews interviewed Cannon and Oglesby. Meryl Ann Butler: Thank you for visiting with OpEdNews, Brian and Bill. How did you both get started with this project? What inspired you? Brian Cannon: I have always cared about non-partisan […]

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  • Fixing Virginia’s voting districts

    February 16, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    CBS19 NewsPlex By Dan Schutte The political landscape in Virginia has been changing the last few years, turning the state from red to purple, but in terms of congressional districts, the elections aren’t that competitive. According to One Virginia 2021, a political action group pushing for redistricting, only one of the state’s 11 districts was […]

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  • Virginia redistricting advocates mount last-gasp effort as House takes up Senate proposals

    February 14, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw The GOP-controlled House of Delegates may have obliterated its own redistricting reform bills, but a prominent Republican state senator on Monday urged her House colleagues to change course as anti-gerrymandering proposals come over from the Senate. Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, called for a “fair hearing” when a House subcommittee today […]

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  • Will Gerrymandering Ever Go Away?

    February 08, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

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  • With single vote, House subcommittee kills more than 20 proposed Va. constitutional amendments

    January 31, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    News & Advance By Alex Rohr A House of Delegates subcommittee killed more than 20 proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution in a single vote before 9 a.m. Monday, including those related to redistricting reform and restoring felons’ rights. After voting to pass resolutions on three constitutional amendments, the subcommittee lumped the rest together, including proposals brought […]

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  • Redistricting Reform Returns Power to the People

    January 29, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The News & Advance Editorial Board One of the gravest threats to democracy is the danger of citizens’ losing interest, becoming apathetic because they believe their voices, their votes don’t count. And partisan redistricting of legislative districts is one of the main contributing factors to voter apathy.

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  • Documentary “GerryRigged” makes a case

    January 27, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Virginian-Pilot Opinion OneVirginia2021, a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy group arguing for reform of redistricting laws in the commonwealth, believes that gerrymandering harms representative government by taking away the people’s voice, protecting incumbent lawmakers, driving down citizen participation and diminishing the willingness of legislators to work in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation.

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  • Gerrymandering film to be shown at Mary Baldwin

    January 24, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    News Leader By Laura Peters A documentary will be shown at Mary Baldwin University about fair redistricting of voting districts Wednesday evening. The film “GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head”  will be shown free of charge on Wednesday, January 25 at 5 p.m. at Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin University.

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  • Gerrymandering film to be shown at Mary Baldwin

    January 24, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    News Leader By Laura Peters A documentary will be shown at Mary Baldwin University about fair redistricting of voting districts Wednesday evening. The film “GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head”  will be shown free of charge on Wednesday, January 25 at 5 p.m. at Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin University.

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  • Group pushes for an end to gerrymandering of Virginia legislative districts

    January 22, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Roanoke Times By Carmen Forman Monday was OneVirginia2021 lobby day at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. Supporters of redistricting reform rallied behind constitutional amendments to prevent gerrymandering of electoral districts. Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, is a proponent of “good government” bills, and has proposed HB 2160 to create an Interim Redistricting Commission to redraw districts that are deemed to […]

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  • House redistricting decision – the gorilla in the room

    January 18, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch By Jeff Schapiro More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero, the Roman philosopher, wrote about a guy like Bill Howell. His name was Damocles. Covetous of power, Damocles was lavished at a great feast by a scheming host, the king of Syracuse, a city-state on the island of Sicily. The king took the fun […]

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  • End the archaic practice of gerrymandering

    January 09, 2017 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Kenny Alexander (Mayor of Norfolk) GERRYMANDERING is as Virginian as Patrick Henry. In 1788, Henry tried to rig the election for the first Congress of the United States by persuading the General Assembly to shape Virginia’s 5th District so his nemesis, James Madison, would face the powerful James Monroe. The tactic didn’t work; […]

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  • Voters should pick their representatives

    December 31, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Brian Cannon THE U.S. SUPREME Court heard an important case for Virginia last month, Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, regarding how gerrymandering has divided our communities. During the questioning, Justice Elena Kagan noted that racial gerrymandering, which is forbidden, is hard to distinguish from political gerrymandering, which the courts have thus […]

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  • Ralph Northam on OneVirginia2021’s new redistricting reform documentary

    October 28, 2016 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Augusta Free Press  Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released the following statement after appearing in the OneVirginia2021 redistricting documentary. “I was proud to join former Governors Allen, Kaine, and Warner, along with Governor McAuliffe, Senator Vogel, Delegate Plum, and former Senators Watkins and Alexander to advocate for fair, non-partisan redistricting in the OneVirginia2021 documentary now airing across the Commonwealth. As […]

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  • Think Elections Are Rigged? Here’s One Way to Make the System Fairer

    October 05, 2016 • 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 • 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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