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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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  • Virginia Republicans behave like Democrats on redistricting

    March 10, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial History repeats itself, cliché-mongers like to say. Virginia Democrats (and others) oppose the Republican redistricting scheme adopted after the 2010 Census. Critics have filed suit against electoral maps for the House of Delegates. The other day Republicans argued that it is too late for courts to order new redistricting for the […]

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  • Schwarzenegger for Senate?

    March 09, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Carla Marinucci Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — the “Terminator” action hero who made “I’ll be back” one of filmdom’s most iconic phrases — may be mulling a political comeback, according to several GOP political insiders in California. The prospect of Schwarzenegger’s return to elected politics in a 2018 U.S. Senate run — possibly […]

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  • Redistricting talk next week in Newport News

    March 08, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    The Daily Press By Travis Fain The head of a group pushing redistricting reform in Virginia, which is behind one of three lawsuits to challenge state election lines in recent years, will speak next week in Newport News. Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021, will speak at the Newport News Main Street Library Wednesday, March 15, […]

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  • Va. House of Delegates attorneys tell federal court it’s ‘too late’ for redistricting case to impact 2017 elections

    March 07, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw Lawyers defending the Virginia House of Delegates are arguing that the state’s 2017 election cycle is too far along for a federal court to swiftly reexamine a racial gerrymandering case in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. On Friday, Democratic attorneys who have challenged a dozen predominantly […]

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  • Virginia’s expensive defense of a crooked system

    March 07, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Roger Chesley Republican leaders in the House of Delegates called a news conference the other day, and they were unconvincing when explaining the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest smackdown of their redistricting lines. It was the second time the high court in recent months had rejected gerrymandered districts in the commonwealth. Are GOP officials […]

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  • Lawmakers reflect on General Assembly legislation

    March 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Winchester Star By Onofrio Castiglia WINCHESTER — Area legislators spoke to the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber on Thursday about this year’s General Assembly, which ended Saturday. Taking part were Del. Chris Collins, R-Frederick County; Del. Dave LaRock, R-Hamilton; and Del. Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg. Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, was able to join the panel […]

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  • The way toward a compromise on voting rights

    March 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Noah Feldman In an important decision that’s unusual for being almost unanimous, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday clarified the constitutional rule for the design of majority-minority legislative districts, perhaps the single most significant issue in contemporary voting-rights law.

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  • Md. governor calls for nonpartisan group to lead redistricting

    March 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    WTOP By Megan Cloherty Maryland’s governor is taking another crack at redrawing voting boundaries in the free state, asking for lawmakers’ support of his plan to have a nonpartisan group tackle redistricting. “We haven’t had balance, fairness or competitiveness in Maryland for decades,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “In fact, we’ve been singled out for having some […]

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  • Va. Republicans on defense over redistricting

    March 04, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Jeff Schapiro That was then. This is now. In 1999, Republicans snapped Democrats’ century-long run on legislative power by promising Virginians a General Assembly that would be fair and balanced. Except for a brief Democratic hiatus in the Virginia Senate, Republicans remain the dominant party at Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol because of redistricting, […]

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  • Blacksburg meeting hears about gerrymandering’s harms

    March 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times By Yann Ranaivo People associated with a nonprofit organization aiming to end gerrymandering in Virginia encouraged a crowded meeting Thursday night to support their efforts as part of a greater goal to hold lawmakers more accountable and improve fairness in elections. The League of Women Voters of Montgomery joined up with members of […]

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  • A chance to make Virginia less ridiculous

    March 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Two courts in as many days have taken rock hammers to the granite wall of gerrymandering in Virginia. First Richmond Circuit Judge W. Reilly Marchant refused to dismiss a case brought by a good-government group to challenge 11 General Assembly districts. Then the Supreme Court ordered a review of the same districts, in a separate case […]

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  • GOP: Despite court ruling, current House map good for November

    March 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Republican leaders said their Supreme Court setback this week in a lawsuit over 11 legislative districts won’t have any effect on the coming House elections, which they expect to proceed with the current district boundaries. They also flatly rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe‘s pitch, delivered by letter Thursday morning, to “drop your defense […]

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  • Republicans shrug off governor’s offer to seek nonpartisan redistricting

    March 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Gregory Schneider Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Thursday urged Republican leaders in the House of Delegates to stop defending legislative districts that are under legal challenge and work with him on nonpartisan redistricting. Republicans declined, accusing the governor of grandstanding one day after the U.S. Supreme Court told a lower court to […]

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  • Court sends majority-minority districts back for another look in Virginia gerrymandering case

    March 02, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    SCOTUS Blog By Amy Howe This morning the Supreme Court handed a partial victory to a group of Virginia voters who argued that the 12 state legislative districts in which they live were the result of racial gerrymandering. The justices agreed with the challengers that a lower court had applied the wrong legal standard when […]

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  • Losses, yet hopes, on redistricting

    March 02, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress Opinion/Editorial Maybe if self-satisfied politicians get squeezed from above by the courts and from below by the voters, they finally might get the message: Gerrymandering is unconstitutional, and we’re sick of it. Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing political districts to protect incumbents and disadvantage opponents. By creating non-competitive districts, lawmakers select […]

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  • Supreme Court says Virginia redistricting must be reexamined for racial bias

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes and Gregory S. Schneider The Supreme Court on Wednesday told a lower court to reexamine the redistricting efforts of Virginia’s Republican-led legislature for signs of racial bias and gerrymandered legislative districts that dilute the impact of African American voters. The justices declined to take a position on that issue. But they said a […]

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  • Supreme Court sends Virginia House of Delegates Redistricting Back to Lower Court

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Bearing Drift D.J. Spiker Well, this one’s a little confusing. The Supreme Court ruled today on Virginia’s House of Delegates redistricting, specifically on 12 House districts that have been challenged to have been drawn unfairly. The ruling, at times unanimous and at times dissenting, can be a tad confusing, and indeed, both sides are claiming victory […]

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  • Supreme Court calls for further review of Virginia legislative map

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By KEVIN ROBILLARD Democrats claimed victory Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to continue examining Virginia state districts for racial gerrymandering, ruling that a district court had failed to properly evaluate whether the Virginia House of Delegates’ legislative map is unconstitutional.

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  • Democrats Hopeful After Supreme Court Rules on Virginia’s Gerrymandered Districts

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    WVTF By Sandy Hausman The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered judges in Virginia to reconsider their decision on how district boundaries were drawn for the state House of Delegates.  Democrats have argued state lawmakers packed African-American voters into a few districts, improving the odds for a Republican win in the rest.  Sandy Hausman has more […]

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  • Supreme Court says Virginia redistricting must be reexamined for racial bias

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes and Gregory S. Schneider The Supreme Court on Wednesday told a lower court to reexamine the redistricting efforts of Virginia’s Republican-led legislature for signs of racial bias and gerrymandered legislative districts that dilute the impact of African American voters. The justices declined to take a position on that issue. But they said a […]

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  • Supreme Court Revives Gerrymander Challenge to Virginia Legislative Districts

    March 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Wall Street Journal By Jess Bravin The Supreme Court on Wednesday revived a challenge to a legislative map drawn by Virginia’s Republican-controlled General Assembly that allegedly packed African-Americans into a handful of state House districts, as the court reiterated that the Constitution prohibits gerrymandering that disadvantages minority voters.

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  • Richmond judge rules anti-gerrymandering lawsuit can move forward

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw A Richmond judge ruled Tuesday that an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of several state legislative districts can move forward. After an hourlong hearing, Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant rejected a motion by the House of Delegates leadership to have the case dismissed before a trial. The case, brought […]

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  • Anti-gerrymandering suit moves forward after failed GA attempts

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WTVR By Jake Burns A Richmond judge said some legislative districts in Virginia are shaped like “salamanders,” before he allowed an anti-gerrymandering case to move forward Tuesday. Judge W. Reilly Marchant denied a summary judgment request from lawyers representing Republican leaders in the House of Delegates.  Granting the motion would have dismissed the case before it […]

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  • Anti-Gerrymandering Lawsuit Moves Forward in Virginia

    February 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WVTF By Mallory Noe-Payne A lawsuit against Virginia’s House of Delegates for how they drew district lines back in 2011 will be moving forward. A judge in Richmond ruled today to not dismiss the case.  Virginia’s lawmakers re-draw the boundaries of their districts every ten years, when new census numbers come out. OneVirginia2021, an advocacy […]

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