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  • Editorial: Why we need a redistricting commission

    March 20, 2019 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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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  • BREAKING: General Assembly Votes to Create Virginia’s First Redistricting Commission

    February 23, 2019 • Posted In: • News

    To our dedicated supporters, Today, OneVirginia2021 is thrilled to report that the Virginia General Assembly has taken the first crucial step toward truly reforming the way Virginia draws its legislative districts, including citizens in the redistricting process for the first time and correcting the hyperpartisan process of the past. Worked out by a conference committee, […]

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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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