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  • Your state legislators are keeping you in the dark

    April 18, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Members of the General Assembly evidently think very little of you, Virginia. They don’t think you should be involved in their work. Don’t worry your little heads about what goes on in Richmond. Better that you leave so complicated a task to the professionals. Read the whole editorial here: The Daily Press 

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  • Virginia’s Congressional Map Will Get Second Look by Courts

    April 03, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Michael Li On Monday, the Supreme Court asked a three-judge trial court to take another look at Scott’s district to determine whether it was the product of an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, as African-American voters have contended. Read the whole article here: Brennan Center for Justice

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  • Keep Up the Push for Redistricting Reform

    March 31, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD In true Terry McAuliffe fashion, Virginia’s governor — the ultimate political partisan going back to the 1990s — dramatically made the case Thursday that Virginia needs to embrace nonpartisan redistricting reform. Read the whole article here: News & Advance

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  • Supreme Court asks Virginia panel to reexamine redistricting decision

    March 30, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Jenna Portnoy and Robert Barnes The Supreme Court on Monday told a federal judicial panel in Virginia to take another look at its decision that lawmakers improperly packed minority voters into one congressional district. Read the whole article: The Washington Post

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  • Happy Birthday Gerrymandering!!

    March 26, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The term ‘gerrymandering’ was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette of 26 March 1812, in response to a redrawing of the Massachusetts state senate election districts under Governor Elbridge Gerry, in order to benefit his political party.  The new map resembled a lizard or salamander, hence ‘gerry-mander’. Read the whole article here: […]

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  • Victory for Voters!

    March 25, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Alabama’s Gerrymandered Districts This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, a racial gerrymandering case heard earlier this term. In a 5-4 decision the Court interpreted the demands of the Voting Rights Act and sent the case back to the district court […]

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  • Court faults redistricting plan that ‘packed’ black voters

    March 25, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Richard Wolfe A deeply divided Supreme Court dealt a blow Wednesday to a Republican redistricting plan in Alabama that packed black voters into urban districts to dilute their impact elsewhere. Read the whole story here: USA Today  

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  • 2015 General Assembly Session Wrap-Up

    March 13, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The 2015 General Assembly Session was critical to establishing redistricting reform in Virginia, and is the foundation for our Six Year Plan. We had more success than even our most optimistic supporters expected. The foundation is strong and momentum is building for reform in the coming years. Major Accomplishments We crafted substantive legislation and constitutional […]

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  • Del. Rasoul Pushes Redistricting Reform On House Floor!

    March 13, 2015 • Posted In: • NewsPress Releases

    Delegate Rasoul honors Delegate Plum for supporting redistricting reform before it was cool.  

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  • Why Minnesota lawmakers are already thinking about 2020

    March 13, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Briana Bierschbach It wasn’t until a couple months before Election Day in 2012 that Kent Eken knew for certain his seat in the Minnesota House had been annihilated in the redistricting process Read the whole article here: MinnPost

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  • Redistricting In Need of Reform

    March 09, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Jon Hardister Being a good legislator requires honesty, hard work and humility. It also involves being consistent in the quest to establish a better form of government. That is why I am a consistent advocate for redistricting reform in North Carolina. Read the whole article here: The Robesonian

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  • Election reform is on the line at the Supreme Court

    March 06, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Editorial Board SUPREME COURT observers focused on the Affordable Care Act case this week. But the justices heard arguments Monday in another case with potentially major implications for the country’s proper functioning: a dispute over whether voters can break the self-serving system in which state politicians manipulate voting districts to their own and their […]

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  • Response “Cole: Redistricting editorial misleading”

    March 05, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Delegate Mark Cole has responded to some of the redistricting editorials that have run in his home town paper. Read his response here: The Free Lance-Star

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  • Founders Would Approve of Arizona’s Meddling

    March 04, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Noah Feldman To the Founding Fathers, democracy was a dirty word. What James Madison and his colleagues wanted was a republic — defined in terms of representative government, not government directly by the public. “We the People” ordained the Constitution — but we the people were never supposed to govern directly, or heavens knew […]

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  • Opinion/Editorial: Lawmakers hide actions from public

    March 03, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Good government advocates have an uphill battle in Virginia, where lawmakers would rather hold onto political power than risk listening to constituents or honoring the greater good. We especially witnessed that self-over-society behavior in the defeat of reform legislation that would have given a bipartisan commission a measure of input over redistricting. Read the whole […]

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  • This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

    March 02, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Christopher Ingraham Gerrymandering — drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party — is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above — adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend — and wonder no more. Read the whole article here: The Washington Post

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  • Cannon Gives Presentation on ‘Fair Redistricting’

    March 02, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    He used the projected image of Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings” to illustrate why elected legislators are unwilling to allow their districts to be redrawn Read the whole article here: Falls Church News-Press

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  • Fair redistricting must include all states [Letter]

    February 27, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    I can’t imagine political partisanship being kept out of the redistricting process. But what elected Maryland Democrats do to maximize their numbers in Congress and the state legislature here, elected Republicans try their utmost to do the same in states where they hold the redistricting power. Read the whole editorial here: The Baltimore Sun

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  • Rep. Scott: Let independent panel draw districts

    February 27, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Ali Mislowsky, Capital News Service U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, says the General Assembly should take some of the politics out of redistricting by having an independent commission redraw political boundaries. Read the whole article here: The Henrico Citizen

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  • Editorial: Redistricting reform efforts stop dead at committee chaired by Spotsylvania delegate

    February 26, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE FREE LANCE-STAR The House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Committee is where redistricting reform bills go to die. It is not selective. It kills bills the Senate already passed, and bills introduced in its own chamber. It kills bills introduced by Republicans and bills introduced by Democrats. At least […]

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  • In Virginia General Assembly, many bills die by stealth

    February 25, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    A new broad-based coalition of 22 advocacy organizations says the system is undemocratic and should be changed. Throughout the 2015 legislative session, Transparency Virginia has been documenting instances of unrecorded votes, bills killed with no hearings, and failure to provide timely notice of meetings. Read the whole article here: The Free Lance Star

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  • We mourn shame, dead but not forgotten

    February 24, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Shame, which had been on life support at least since Bob and Maureen McDonnell groveled their way through the governor’s mansion, is dead. It was an intrinsically human emotion for good. A talisman of last resort. When greed, self-dealing and pomposity neared victory, shame still could win the day. Read the whole article here: News […]

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  • Redistricting reform: It’s the fair thing to do

    February 23, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By By John Hood / John Locke Foundation At the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, three grotesque witches enter the stage with thunder rumbling in the background. You may recall that the witches ending up chanting in unison: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair/Hover through the fog and filthy air.” Read the whole article here: Thetimesnews.com

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  • Editorial: Gerrymandering produces elections without contests

    February 21, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Roughly eight months from now, Virginia will hold elections for all 140 seats of the General Assembly — the 100 seats in the House of Delegates, and the 40 in the state Senate. For the most part, it will be an exercise in futility. Read the whole article here: Richmond.com

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  • It’s 7 a.m.: Another redistricting bill is about to die

    February 20, 2015 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    By Patrick Wilson While the temperature on the General Assembly Building’s eighth floor was much higher than the 14 degrees outside early Thursday, Sen. John Watkins received an icy reaction to his bill. Read the whole article here: HamptonRoads.com

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