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  • Bipartisan swath of lawmakers files Supreme Court briefs against gerrymandering

    September 05, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere Arnold Schwarzenegger’s push for nonpartisan redistricting gained significant Republican support on Tuesday, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich signing on to his amicus brief at the Supreme Court and Arizona Sen. John McCain filing a separate friend-of-the-court brief. Then 36 current and former members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, filed yet another […]

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  • Decline of civics education behind apathetic electorate

    September 05, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The News Virginian Letter to the Editor By Meg Heubeck We need to come together as a nation. Why? We are in this place because the last several decades of political polarization have created an adversarial type of discourse leading to gridlock and stagnation. Instead of moving forward, our government continues to do business with little […]

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  • Schwarzenegger’s bipartisan next political act: Terminating gerrymandering

    September 04, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    San Francisco Chronicle By Joe Garofoli Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a master at marketing, having scaled to the top of three different professions. But these days, the former bodybuilder and movie star is taking on perhaps his biggest sales challenge since he made “Last Action Hero”: He’s trying to get people to care […]

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  • Work the polls!

    August 29, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    Donate a few hours t0 this cause and to make a major difference! Want to help out? Fill out the form here We are looking for volunteers from all parts of the state. So no matter if you are from the Eastern Shore, northern Virginia, southwest Virginia, OneVirginia2021 needs you! FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. What do I have to do? […]

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  • U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks ruling against Texas congressional map

    August 28, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Teax Tribune By Alexa Ura & Jim Malewitz The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put on hold a lower court ruling that invalidated two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts. In an order signed by Justice Samuel Alito, the high court indicated it wanted to hear from the minority groups suing the state before the state’s appeal […]

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  • After losses on voting laws and districting, Texas turns to Supreme Court

    August 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes The state of Texas is in the midst of an extraordinary losing streak in federal courts over the way it conducts elections. It is hoping the Supreme Court will come to the rescue. In the past couple of weeks, federal judges in four separate cases ruled that the Texas Legislature […]

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  • Redistricting should be fair, non-partisan

    August 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginia Gazette By Mike Hatfield The James City County Board of Supervisors voted on Aug. 8 to reject a proposal to create a fair redistricting of the county after the 2020 census. In truth, the three members who voted against the resolution were voting instead for unfair redistricting.

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  • Virginia hurt by gerrymandering, panelists sayDail

    August 23, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Daily Press By Dave Ress Redistricting could explode as the top — and most heated — issue the next governor and General Assembly will face early next year, Virginia’s leading campaigner for reform said at a panel hosted by Peninsula Voices for Change. About 30 people attended the panel at Tabb Library Wednesday evening to discuss gerrymandering and […]

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  • Fair redistricting effort deserves our support

    August 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress By Tyson Janney With our country seemingly embroiled in political controversy on a daily basis, one local organization deserves our non-partisan support. One Virginia 2021 is continuing its statewide efforts to bring about fair and legitimate redistricting in Virginia.

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  • Federal Court Orders Texas Voting Map Changes Ahead Of 2018

    August 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    CBS DFW Texas’ congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections, a three-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday. Courts have chided Texas in recent years for intentional racial discrimination in voting maps and a strict voter ID law, and the state must now quickly redo two of the state’s 36 congressional […]

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  • After the deal goes down: crooked alpacas replace Virginia democracy

    August 12, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Stephen Nash and Mary Peyton Baskin My rules. Let’s deal. Seven cards for me, three for you, and jokers are wild. But only for me. That’s how our General Assembly works now. State legislators get to draw their own district boundaries. And they are manipulated so that incumbents have nearly unbeatable odds in […]

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  • The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here’s how other countries do redistricting.

    August 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Washington Post By Bernard Grofman and German Feierherd This year, on the first day of its term, the Supreme Court will consider the much-anticipated Gill v. Whitford. That case brings up the hot-button question of whether a state legislature may draw electoral districts that favor one party over another. Gerrymandering, as it’s called, is clearly prohibited if it’s done to […]

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  • Geometry And Gerrymandering: Can Math Fix Politics?

    August 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    wbur Carol Zall A group of mathematicians is meeting this week at Tufts University to discuss the legal and technological issues surrounding gerrymandering, the practice of setting up electoral districts to favor a particular political party.

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  • Supreme Court set to scrutinize partisan gerrymandering—and why it matters

    July 29, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    Brookings By Matthew Spector Though overshadowed by the first publicly-available opinions from Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, this session of the Supreme Court could prove pivotal for voter representation and the composition of Congress for decades to come. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Gill v. Whitford, in a hearing that will likely take place this fall, will address again […]

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  • We need non-partisan redistricting

    July 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times Letter to the Editor (Marcia Winters) I am writing this letter to present my opinion that some actions by our state government are not democratic. I believe a truly democratic government does the will of the people. I don’t believe that is currently the case in the Virginia House of Delegates. Redistricting […]

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  • The Terminator Heads to the Supreme Court

    July 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere Arnold Schwarzenegger is used to blowing things up: Aliens, the T-1000, state budgets.Now, the former action hero and ex-California governor is taking on something vastly less cinematic, but no less daunting: redistricting reform. “In the movies, you solve this problem very quickly,” Schwarzenegger said. “You go in the room, you break the […]

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  • Judges in Md. redistricting case decry politically motivated electoral map

    July 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Ann E. Marimow and Josh Hicks A panel of federal judges on Friday sided with Republicans challenging Maryland’s electoral map, saying there is convincing evidence that the state’s Democratic leaders intentionally drew voting boundaries to make it easier for their party to pick up another congressional seat. One judge described the politically motivated mapmaking as […]

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  • Rappahannock lawyer to argue Supreme Court case on gerrymandering

    July 16, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    RappNews By Kit Goldfarb I recently had the opportunity to talk to lawyer Paul Smith about voting issues in Virginia and other states, especially the issue of gerrymandering. Smith, who divides his time between Flint Hill and Washington, D.C., is working on a number of important cases addressing voting rights, most notably an upcoming case […]

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  • Md. redistricting case could stall while Supreme Court hears Wisconsin case

    July 14, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Josh Hicks Republican voters who claim their constitutional rights were violated when Maryland redrew its congressional districts six years ago return to federal court Friday to argue that their case should move forward, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a similar dispute involving Wisconsin’s legislative map.

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  • Professor Rebecca Green, Scholars File Amicus Brief Challenging Gerrymandering in Virginia

    July 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    William & Mary Law School by Staff Professor Rebecca Green joined a group of Virginia law professors to file an amicus brief today supporting petitioners’ appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia in Vesilind v. Virginia State Board of Elections. The suit challenges the General Assembly’s 2011 legislative districts, contending that the General Assembly violated the state constitution’s […]

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  • A primer on gerrymandering and political polarization

    July 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Brookings By Fred Dews The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear a Wisconsin case on political gerrymandering, the practice of drawing legislative boundaries that favors one political party (the one in charge of drawing the lines) in elections. The case will focus not on questions of racial bias, which was at issue in […]

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  • Legal Scholars, Former Virginia Attorneys General and the League of Women Voters of Virginia File Amicus Briefs Challenging Gerrymandering in Virginia

    June 30, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    For Immediate Release: June 30, 2017 Contact:    Greg Lucyk, President, OneVirginia2021                      804-920-7031                      [email protected] Legal Scholars, Former Virginia Attorneys General and the League of Women Voters of Virginia File Amicus Briefs Challenging Gerrymandering in Virginia A […]

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  • Politics, Partisanship and Redistricting

    June 26, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD The increasing polarization in American politics has been on the minds of a great many people in recent days. One commentator, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, said the partisan divide reminds him of the split between Shiite and Sunni Muslims that’s tearing the Middle East apart. While the causes of […]

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  • Editorial: Districts should reflect reality, not politicians’ will

    June 26, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Virginia Pilot Editorial Board FOR ALL THE genius they poured into the architecture of the federal system, the framers of the U.S. Constitution devoted scant attention to the central issue of how to draw the districts that determine representation in the U.S. House. Article I, Section 2 of the governing document spells out the […]

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  • Analysis: Virginia districts drawn to help GOP

    June 26, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Alan Suderman Washington Post RICHMOND, Va. — Energized Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump means Virginians will have a lot more choices when they pick members to the state House of Delegates this year. But many Democratic candidates will be facing a stacked deck as Virginia is one of several states where favorably drawn […]

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