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  • Should Virginia politicians be able to draw their own districts?

    July 01, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Stephanie Tipple Potomac Local Currently, the Virginia General Assembly draws all of the district lines in Virginia. What does this mean? It means that the politicians you’re voting for get to draw the districts you vote in, potentially deciding who your elected representatives are, as they’re allowed to draw the districts to advantage or […]

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  • Nationwide Implications Of A Supreme Court Ruling On Gerrymandering

    July 01, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The Diane Rehm Show NPR Fifteen years ago, Arizona voters passed a ballot measure creating an independent, bipartisan commission to draw congressional districts. Over the next several years, 10 other states passed similar laws to prevent gerrymandering by state legislatures. But in 2012, Arizona Republicans sued, saying the independent commission was unconstitutional. Listen to the […]

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  • News Round Up: SCOTUS Upholds Indep. Redistricting Commission

    July 01, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    This week was a great one for redistricting reform.  SCOTUS upheld the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.  Our country is facing major issues and we can’t tackle these issues without responsive representatives. Among many good quotes in the Court’s opinion that discuss citizens owning their republic, here’s one of our favorites: “The people of Arizona turned to […]

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  • Gerrymandering endures, thanks to the General Assembly

    July 01, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The Editorial Board The News Leader What if the General Assembly could do something that would save Virginia money and put at least a pinprick in the cynicism that shrouds state and national politics? They can, in fact, do that. They just don’t want to. Virginia is by some accounts the fifth-most gerrymandered state in […]

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  • Supreme Court’s ruling on gerrymandering is a victory for voters

    June 29, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Editorial Board THE SUPREME Court has mostly avoided questions about gerrymandering, the practice of drawing otherwise irrational legislative district lines to the advantage of one party or of incumbents. But on Monday, in an unexpected victory for the democratic process, the court said the Constitution allows people to fight back against gerrymandering, with the […]

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  • Arizona case gives Virginia redistricting reformers hope, not change

    June 29, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Travis Fan Groups calling for redistricting reform in Virginia were emboldened Monday by a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding reforms in Arizona, but changes to Virginia’s system remain a political long shot in the near term. Read the whole article here: The Daily Press

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  • Local political watchers say redistricting overhaul won’t come soon or easily in Va.

    June 29, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Bryan McKenzie The Arizona redistricting commission upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is similar to one recommended by a Virginia governor’s panel in December, giving hope to advocates for a similar commission in the commonwealth. Read the whole article here: The Daily Progress

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  • Arizona Case Redistricting Summary

    June 29, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    This morning—on the last day of the Supreme Court’s term—the United States Supreme Court struck a huge blow to political gerrymandering and in favor of people picking their elected leaders. In a 5-4 decision, the Court upheld the constitutionality of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, created by the people of Arizona.   In 2000, the […]

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  • A look at Virginia’s redistricting follies

    June 19, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Dave Ress at the Daily Press Past is prologue, as Shakespeare reminds us – and also now as does U.Va’s Geoff Skelley’s new review of a half century – a depressing half century – of Virginia redistricting battles. Read the whole article here: The Daily Press

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  • Nonpartisan panels can draw fair congressional districts

    June 19, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Letter to the Editor In your June 11 editorial [“State GOP clinging to voting advantage“], generally supporting taking redistricting away from the legislators who draw their own districts’ lines today, you added, “Redistricting commissions … cannot operate in a true nonpartisan fashion.” As a member of OneVirginia2021’s Policy Committee, I strongly disagree that that’s true […]

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  • Board To Talk Precinct With JMU Officials

    June 18, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Board To Talk Precinct With JMU Officials HARRISONBURG — The Harrisonburg Electoral Board has input from the Voter Registrar on the merit of a new precinct for James Madison University students. But members are not ready to make a recommendation to City Council. On Wednesday, the board voted to meet with city officials and JMU […]

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  • You Want To End The GOP Civil War? Get Rid Of Partisan Redistricting

    June 17, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    I’ve long been something of a champion of partisan redistricting, but maybe that’s not right. I don’t mind the idea that to the winner go the spoils and, frankly, it’s more honest because everyone knows it’s an issue you’re deciding when voting for a General Assembly candidate. Politics will always be in place when it […]

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  • Response to June 12 Free Lance Star Editorial

    June 16, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    In your June 12 editorial (“Time to redraw districts to reflect Virginia’s electoral reality”) generally supporting taking redistricting away from the legislators who draw their own districts’ lines today, you added that “Redistricting Commissions . . . cannot operate in a true nonpartisan fashion.” As a member of OneVirginia2021’s Policy Committee, I strongly disagree that […]

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  • Simple answer to redistricting fight

    June 15, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Opinion – The Virginian Pilot The latest court decision striking down the constitutionality of the boundaries drawn for Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District offers state lawmakers an opportunity to counter calls for them to cede their power to a bipartisan commission. Read the whole article here: The Virginian Pilot

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  • Redistricting Efforts Get a Ballot Boost

    June 12, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    June 12 Progress editorial

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  • Gerrymandering results in dismal turnouts

    June 12, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Jeff Schapiro, the best political columnist in Virginia, unearthed a staggering statistic the other day: Out of 600 state elections since 2003, only 19 incumbents have been defeated. The figure testifies to the power of gerrymandering. Read the whole article here: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • NAACP wants role in fight over congressional boundaries

    June 12, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Jim Nolan, Richmond Times-Dispatch The Virginia chapter of the NAACP on Thursday entered the ongoing battle over congressional redistricting in Virginia, saying it wants to be involved in the court fight to redraw district boundaries that more fairly reflect African-American representation in the commonwealth. Read the whole article here: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • Time to redraw districts to reflect Virginia’s electoral reality

    June 11, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Editorial, Free Lance-Star Virginia’s Republicans won’t give up their gerrymandered congressional districts without a fight. That’s why they say they will probably appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court an order from a federal appeals court to redraw the state’s election district map.   Read the whole article here: The Free Lance-Star

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  • Another Lawsuit Coming In Virginia Redistricting Fight

    June 10, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Travis Fain at The Daily Press Virginia’s General Assembly districts, already under attack from a federal lawsuit, will face a new challenge in coming months: A lawsuit in the state courts questioning their fitness under the state constitution. Read the whole article here: The Daily Press

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  • Schapiro: New Front Opens In Legal Fight Over Gerrymandering

    June 10, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Jeff Schapiro at The Richmond Times-Dispatch Upsets in Richmond, Hampton Roads and the Valley notwithstanding, spotty competition in legislative primaries Tuesday — and more of the same in the general election this fall — affirm a constant in contemporary Virginia politics: that district lines are deliberately drawn to ensure the election of Republicans in […]

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  • Federal judges bring Va. one step closer to a new congressional map

    June 06, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Jenna Portnoy and Laura Vozzella at the Washington Post A panel of federal judges issued a ruling Friday that Virginia lawmakers illegally concentrated African American voters into one congressional district to reduce their influence elsewhere, bringing the state a step closer to being forced to redraw its election map. Read the whole article here: The […]

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  • Federal Court on 2-1 Vote Finds Congressional Districting Plan Unconstitutional Racial Gerrymander

    June 05, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Rick Hasen at Election Law Blog You can read the 105-page opinion and dissent from the three-judge court here. Following remand from the Supreme Court following the Alabama racial gerrymandering case, the three judge court today found that racial considerations predominated over others in the drawing of Virginia’s third congressional redistricting, and that such consideration of race was […]

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  • Who will win Democratic battle to replace state Del. Rob Krupicka?

    June 03, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    By Patricia Sullivan at The Washington Post When voters in Virginia’s 45th legislative district get to the delegate race on their primary ballots Tuesday, they may have a hard time finding policy differences among the five Democratic primary candidates. Medicaid expansion? Unanimous support. Nonpartisan redistricting? Five yes, zero no. Stricter ethics laws for lawmakers? Definitely. Higher taxes for education? […]

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  • Senator Hanger Stands Up Against Gerrymandering!

    June 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    There is a clear distinction in the fight for redistricting reform and fighting to make our votes count in this race for the Senate’s 24th District.  One candidate in this race, Senator Hanger, has consistently stood up against gerrymandering over his career.  His support will stop the backwards practice of politicians picking their voters and return […]

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  • Steve Heretick Stands Up Against Gerrymandering!

    June 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    There is a clear distinction in the fight for redistricting reform and fighting to make our votes count in this race for the House of Delegates 79th District.  One candidate in this race, Steve Heretick, stands up against gerrymandering.  This would stop the backwards practice of politicians picking their voters and return the power to […]

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