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  • Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias

    May 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Adam Liptak New York Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts on Monday, ruling that lawmakers had violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race in drawing them, in a decision that could affect many voting maps, generally in the South.

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  • Make redistricting independent

    May 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Andrew Brown Post and Courier It hardly got out of the legislative gate this year, but a bill to create an independent redistricting commission for South Carolina is a reform that deserves to be approved before the session ends next year. It would take gerrymandering out of the process, and that would reduce the […]

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  • Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is starting a non-partisan campaign to end gerrymandering once and for all.

    May 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Moving Left Gerrymandering refers to the manipulation of boundaries for an electoral constituency that favors one party—in this case the scheming Republican party. Schwarzenegger’s campaign says it’s time to put Congressional re-districting in the hands of independent commissions.

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  • Around Prince William: Why should you care about gerrymandering?

    May 19, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Al Alborn Inside NOVA What the heck is gerrymandering, and why should I care? The Prince William chapter of the League of Women Voters answered both questions on May 6.  They hosted a showing of the movie “GerryRIGGED.”  They also introduced attendees to volunteers from OneVirginia2021, a multi-partisan coalition of Virginians working on making […]

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  • Alabama House Approves Redistricting Bill Over Objections

    May 19, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press US News MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives pushed through a redistricting vote Thursday over the objections of black Democrats who said the map was gerrymandered to maintain white GOP dominance. Representatives approved boundaries for the 35 Senate districts in a 71-32 partly line vote. […]

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  • Maryland Democrats’ faux redistricting reform

    May 12, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Group appeals redistricting case to Virginia Supreme Court

    April 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    NBC 29 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A redistricting advocacy group has appealed a judge’s decision upholding 11 Virginia House and Senate districts. OneVirginia2021 said Wednesday that it has appealed the case to the Virginia Supreme Court. The group argues that lawmakers during the 2011 redistricting process violated the requirement that election districts must be compact.

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  • OneVirginia2021 sponsored Plaintiffs file gerrymandering appeal to Supreme Court

    April 26, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    RICHMOND, VA – Continuing its fight for fair election districts in Virginia, the Plaintiffs in the lawsuit sponsored by non-partisan group OneVirginia2021 has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia to require the General Assembly to obey the anti-gerrymandering mandate of the Virginia Constitution. OneVirginia2021’s lawsuit asks the court to compel the General […]

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  • Key Question for Supreme Court: Will It Let Gerrymanders Stand?

    April 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The New York Times By Michael Wines The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.

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  • Districting decision disappoints

    April 05, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • New Va. film calls for action against gerrymandering

    April 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress By Derek Quizon Gerrymandering has deep roots in Virginia history. The practice — redrawing electoral district boundaries to favor one’s own political party — dates back to former Gov. Patrick Henry, who tried to use the redistricting process to keep his political rival, James Madison, from winning a 1789 congressional race.

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  • Richmond Judge Allowing Anti-Gerrymandering Suit to Move Forward

    March 28, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Time to revamp redistricting

    March 24, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real ‘Rigged System’ Is Gerrymandering

    March 20, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Fixing Gerrymandering Doesn’t Just Make Elections More Fair

    March 19, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Slate By Perry Grossman In early March, Anitere Flores, the second ranking Republican in the Florida state Senate, handed the NRA and its allies a stunning defeat. She said she would vote against a raft of bills proposed in committee that would have permitted carrying guns on college campuses, airports, school zones, and courthouses, among other places. […]

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

    March 17, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Demand bipartisan redistricting

    March 16, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    NewsLeader Letter to the Editor Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about gerrymandering, so I did some research to find out what the buzz was about. What I found is that this is an issue of fair redistricting of the state so that everyone can know that their voice is heard. Both parties are guilty […]

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  • At political gerrymandering trial, key Va. lawmaker says ‘real world’ matters more than experts’ scores

    March 15, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw An influential Virginia lawmaker said in a Richmond courtroom Tuesday that the 2011 redistricting plan made 11 contested General Assembly districts more compact, regardless of compactness scores that suggested the opposite. On the second day of a political gerrymandering trial with potentially far-reaching ramifications for state politics, Del. S. Chris […]

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  • Del. Cole must address redistricting reform

    March 15, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Free Lance-Star Letter to the Editor In a wrap-up of the 2017 General Assembly business, Del. Mark Cole’s email to constituents dismisses the important work on redistricting reform done in this session. Three good bills were passed with bipartisan support in the Senate only to die in the House Committee on Elections and Privileges […]

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  • Va. redistricting trial is just that

    March 15, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • After hearing evidence on first day of political gerrymandering trial, Richmond judge rejects motion to strike case

    March 13, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw After intricate explanations of mapping software and math formulas, perhaps the most striking piece of evidence shown in a Richmond courtroom Monday on the opening day of a trial over political gerrymandering in Virginia was a map showing what an expert called the “toilet-bowl configuration.”

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  • Trial over Virginia’s 2011 legislative boundaries begins

    March 13, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    McClathcy DC Bureau By Alanna Durkin Richer (AP) Virginia legislative boundaries being challenged by a redistricting advocacy group were approved with bipartisan support and are constitutionally sound, an attorney for the Republican-controlled House of Delegates said Monday during the opening of a trial over the 2011 electoral map. The lawsuit was brought by OneVirginia2021, a […]

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  • Holder, Pelosi, McAuliffe start redistricting fundraising

    March 13, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere Before they get to redistricting reform, they’ll need cash. Democrats leading the party’s new effort to coordinate political and legal resources to redraw state legislatures’ and House of Representatives’ maps will kick off the first phase of fundraising next weekend, heading to San Francisco on Saturday and Los Angeles on Sunday to […]

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  • Trial Over Virginia’s 2011 Legislative Boundaries Underway

    March 13, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    NBC29 By Alana Austin A trial is underway in Richmond that challenges 11 Virginia state House and Senate voting districts. The precincts were approved by a Republican-dominated General Assembly. Now a lawsuit claims legislators violated a core duty in drawing the voting map. OneVirginia2021, a redistricting reform activist group, is behind the lawsuit. Monday, lawyers for the advocacy organization […]

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  • Court says Texas congressional districts gerrymandered to hurt minorities

    March 11, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes A panel of federal judges has ruled that Texas’s Republican-led legislature gerrymandered some of the state’s congressional districts to stunt the growing influence of minority voters. The 2-to-1 decision — years in the making — was issued Friday night. It invalidated three congressional districts in south and west Texas and […]

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