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  • It’s Down to the Wire on Redistricting Reform

    February 18, 2019 • Posted In: • 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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  • It’s Down to the Wire on Redistricting Reform

    February 18, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    Lynchburg News & Advance 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 the […]

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  • Virginia Redistricting Push Gets Boost From ‘Terminator’ Star

    February 12, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    RICHMOND, Va. (CN) – Virginians who have been waiting months for Republican lawmakers to reform racially gerrymandered voting districts received a wave of encouragement Tuesday former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Phoning in this afternoon to a town-hall call organized by OneVirginia2021, Schwarzenegger described his own experience with redistricting when Golden State voters elected him to […]

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

    February 12, 2019 • Posted In: • 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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  • ‘Taking redistricting into a smoke-filled room:’ Why Democrats are pushing back on reform measure

    February 12, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    Virginia is closer than ever to figuring out how to fix the process of drawing voting maps, but some Democrats are backing away from the bill that would do it. House Democrats have serious concerns about the redistricting reform bill that passed  their chamber, saying it doesn’t keep legislators far enough from drawing the districts […]

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  • Crossover Update

    February 08, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    The General Assembly just passed its halfway point – more commonly known as “Crossover.” We wanted to take a minute and update you on the redistricting legislation still being considered by both chambers of the legislature.   CROSSOVER UPDATE Right now, there are two proposed constitutional amendments that create commissions to redraw congressional and legislative […]

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  • George Allen endorses nonpartisan process Splintered districts topic of town hall

    February 06, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    A short drive west from Fredericksburg on State Route 3 leads to Culpeper, a town of 18,000 that is represented by three different legislators. The line between two other House districts lies astride Open Door Baptist Church on that thoroughfare, almost literally through its, well, open door. This example was relayed by Brian Cannon, OneVirginia2021’s […]

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  • Ex-Gov. Allen makes the case for bipartisan redistricting

    February 06, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    Former Virginia Gov. George Allen spoke about his experiences with gerrymandering and the importance of bipartisan redistricting at a standing-room-only town hall on Saturday. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Albemarle County was one of five stops Allen is making with OneVirginia2021, a redistricting advocacy lobby, to educate Virginia residents about gerrymandering and urge for […]

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  • Allen becomes advocate for redistricting reform

    February 06, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    (CHARLOTTESVILLE – WINA)   A man who’s been a local delegate, a congressman, and a Governor and U.S. Senator devoted much of his weekend to lobby for redistricting reform.   George Allen made it clear Saturday he wants a new approach to redistricting  to be in place for use in 2021. For that to happen, the General Assembly […]

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  • Former Gov. George Allen stops in Fredericksburg to promote independent redistricting commission

    February 06, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    They’re stories local voters know well, but they bear repeating. The confused line of the 17th and 28th Virginia house districts, which bisect the city of Fredericksburg, resulted in voters casting ballots in the wrong election last November, and left officials scrambling to figure out why. And a quick drive from the city down State […]

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  • Former Sen. George Allen makes case for redistricting at Hollins town hall

    February 06, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    Of all the matters before the Virginia General Assembly this year, one rises above all of them in the mind of former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen: redistricting reform. “This issue, right now, this year … is by far the most important issue before the legislature,” Allen told a crowd gathered for a […]

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  • FORMER VA. GOVERNOR DISCUSSES GERRYMANDERING In Bristol, former Gov. George Allen says he supports redistricting reform amendment

    February 06, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    BRISTOL, Va. — Former Virginia Gov. George Allen greeted a supporter-filled room Saturday evening in Bristol to discuss the ongoing issue of redistricting in the commonwealth. “People in Southwest Virginia need to be informed about this,” said Allen, who participated in a five-city tour across the state to inform people about a redistricting reform amendment. […]

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  • Redistricting Reform Alive and Well in Virginia

    January 31, 2019 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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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  • Statement of Executive Director Brian Cannon following Senate Privileges and Elections Vote

    January 23, 2019 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    Yesterday, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted on several bills involving legislative redistricting in Virginia – including SJ274, a bipartisan constitutional amendment proposing an independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission. In the end, it was a split decision for OneVirginia2021. SJ274 was killed in committee, however a number of other redistricting reform measures passed through to […]

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  • Editorial: Redistricting resolution looks promising

    January 18, 2019 • Posted In: • 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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  • Redistricting must be independent of politics

    January 18, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    The General Assembly must hand over control of the redistricting process to an independent commission Virginia redistricting process is clearly broken and in need of immediate reform. On Jan. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant a stay in a case that challenged the constitutionality of 11 House districts. Now, some Republican lawmakers want […]

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  • Augusta County senator helps introduce Bipartisan Constitutional Amendment to End Gerrymandering

    January 16, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    A bipartisan constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering was introduced Tuesday by Republican Augusta County Sen. Emmett Hanger and Democratic Sen. Mamie Locke of Hampton City. The amendment would take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and create Virginia’s first Citizens Redistricting Commission, according to a press release from Hanger’s office. Read more at NewsLeader.

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  • COMMENTARY: Redistricting should serve the citizens first

    January 14, 2019 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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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  • Virginia voters deserve a choice

    December 27, 2018 • Posted In: • News

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  • Wyatt Durrette column: Virginia constitutional amendment to create citizens commission to put fair elections first in redrawing legislative districts

    December 19, 2018 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    From an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Two months ago, I was privileged to have space on this page to tell readers about a committee working to correct the system that lets politicians draw election districts in Virginia which favor their party or put their opponents at a disadvantage. Abused by both parties, that system […]

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  • Expert reveals proposal to redraw Va. House map after court rejects GOP attempt to block it

    December 12, 2018 • Posted In: • News

    Graham Moomaw reports that an expert appointed to redraw the Virginia House of Delegates map released his proposal Friday after a federal court rejected a Republican effort to stop it. Bernard Grofman, a political science professor at the University of California-Irvine, filed his 131-page report late Friday afternoon outlining his suggestions for how Virginia could […]

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