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  • Is Virginia a democracy?

    February 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times By David Millon Virginia is a blue state. Democratic candidates prevailed over their Republican rivals in the last three presidential elections, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 50 percent to 45 percent. Our governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are all Democrats. So too are […]

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  • All-In for Nonpartisan Redistricting in Virginia

    February 20, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Greater Alexandria Patch By Del. Paul Krizek (D-44th) These last weeks are a flurry of activity as we rush to complete our legislative business by our Constitutionally mandated deadline of Feb. 25. Last Saturday, I participated in two widely attended Town Halls. In Mount Vernon, I was joined by Senators Scott Surovell and Adam Ebbin. At the […]

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  • The House GOP’s despicable defense of gerrymandering

    February 20, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial In the least surprising development of the session, Republicans in the House of Delegates killed every attempt to enact nonpartisan redistricting. The difference this year? A lot of people sat up, took notice — and let lawmakers have it. During debate over some of the measures, Republican Del. Mark Cole disputed […]

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  • A new era of political activism

    February 19, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times By Bob Gibson Political change is coming faster than expected in both Washington and around Virginia these days and sparking levels of protest not seen since the era of the Vietnam War. When the pace of change speeds up and people do not feel fairly listened to, consequences include protests and activism.  

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  • Va. lawmakers put a stake through the heart of redistricting reform

    February 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post Letter to the Editor On Tuesday morning, as the eyes of the nation were fixed on the chaos in the White House, five Republican members of a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee dealt a quick and quiet death to all hopes that the General Assembly might approve modest bipartisan redistricting reforms this […]

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  • Fixing Virginia’s voting districts

    February 16, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    CBS19 NewsPlex By Dan Schutte The political landscape in Virginia has been changing the last few years, turning the state from red to purple, but in terms of congressional districts, the elections aren’t that competitive. According to One Virginia 2021, a political action group pushing for redistricting, only one of the state’s 11 districts was […]

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  • House panel rejects redistricting reform bills

    February 14, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    InsideNOVA By Megan Schiffres Republicans on a House subcommittee killed three redistricting reform bills Tuesday that advocates had hoped would curtail gerrymandering in Virginia. At a 7 a.m. meeting, the Elections Subcommittee of the House Privileges and Elections Committee voted 5-2 that each proposal be “passed by indefinitely,” effectively ensuring that the issue is dead for the legislative […]

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  • Virginia redistricting reform efforts dead for the year as House kills bipartisan Senate proposals

    February 14, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee on Tuesday dealt the finishing blow to redistricting reform efforts for the 2017 legislative session after sparring between the two lawmakers who spearheaded the last redrawing of legislative lines in 2011. Three anti-gerrymandering measures that passed the Senate with bipartisan support — two of […]

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  • Is it gerrymandering – or Democratic clustering?

    February 14, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginian-Pilot By Maura Mazurowski & Mary Lee Clark (Capital News Service) David Toscano, the minority leader in the Virginia House, did the math and didn’t like the results. “All five statewide offices are held by Democrats, and the presidency has been won by Democrats in Virginia for the last three cycles,” he said. “Yet 66 […]

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  • Virginia redistricting advocates mount last-gasp effort as House takes up Senate proposals

    February 14, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw The GOP-controlled House of Delegates may have obliterated its own redistricting reform bills, but a prominent Republican state senator on Monday urged her House colleagues to change course as anti-gerrymandering proposals come over from the Senate. Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, called for a “fair hearing” when a House subcommittee today […]

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  • Redistricting reform group blasts ‘Politburo-style’ elections

    February 14, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Press By Travis Fain Advocates for redistricting reform made a last-ditch effort Monday to move their issue forward this legislative session, rolling out some of the strongest rhetoric yet on the issue. Charles McPhillips, a Norfolk Republican with reform group OneVirginia2021, decried the “high-tech but really seedy” practice of using computers to review voters’ […]

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  • Bill To Ban Gerrymandering Divides State Republicans

    February 13, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Community Idea Stations By Craig Carper The last surviving redistricting bills will be heard in the House Privileges and Elections subcommittee on elections early Tuesday (2/14) and the question of weather to ban political gerrymandering has Virginia Republicans divided. Some GOP Republican Senators are pushing legislation that would prohibit lawmakers removing their political opponents through redistricting […]

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Republicans Call for Redistricting Reform

    February 13, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    For Immediate Release: February 13, 2017  Contact: Brian Cannon, Executive Director OneVirginia2021 [email protected] RICHMOND, VA –  In a press conference this morning, advocates from OneVirginia2021 along with Senator Jill Vogel (R-Winchester) spoke in favor of the three redistricting reform bills coming over from the Virginia Senate to the House of Delegates.  The vote on the bills (SJ […]

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  • Virginia Republicans call for redistricting reform

    February 13, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Augusta Free Press In a press conference this morning, advocates from OneVirginia2021 along with Senator Jill Vogel (R-Winchester) spoke in favor of the three redistricting reform bills coming over from the Virginia Senate to the House of Delegates. The vote on the bills (SJ 290, SJ 231, and SB 846) is expected Tuesday morning in the House Privileges and Elections […]

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  • Advocates for redistricting reform make final push

    February 13, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginian-Pilot Advocates who want to change how Virginia draws its political boundaries are making a final plea to state lawmakers. Redistricting reform advocates said at a news conference Monday that Virginia suffers from political boundaries that favor incumbents and don’t promote fair elections. The advocates want House Republicans to support proposed congressional amendments aimed at limiting […]

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  • Carving out political foes at heart of redistricting debate

    February 12, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Free Lance-Star By Brian Cannon VIRGINIA’S problem with election-district gerrymandering is worse than you think. Most know of it as a partisan issue, but that’s a narrow view. It is a bipartisan issue. Gerrymandering is the practice where legislators draw their own voting districts based on political data to ensure their re-election. Virginia lawmakers […]

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  • Even bipartisan efforts are scuttled in Va.

    February 12, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress LTE: Maryanne Williams On Feb. 3, my husband and I, as well as over 100 Virginia citizens from all over the commonwealth, witnessed a disturbing sight on the ninth floor of the General Assembly building. All of us gathered that morning to support HJ763, a bill that states: “No district shall be drawn […]

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  • Killing redistricting bill was shameful

    February 10, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    Killing redistricting bill was shameful Editor, Times-Dispatch:Our redistricting process badly needs reform. Politicians shouldn’t be able to draw voting maps and manipulate elections. More than 100 people turned out on Feb. 3 to support HJ763, a bipartisan bill to stop gerrymandering and make redistricting more fair. Redistricting should be handled by an independent panel, not by […]

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  • Lawmaker Insists Non-Partisan Redistricting Is Not Dead

    February 09, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    WVTF By Sandy Hausman The top public offices in Virginia are held by Democrats, but the state’s senate and house are controlled by Republicans.  Experts say that’s because legislative district boundaries were drawn to favor GOP candidates.  Now, Sandy Hausman reports that one member of the legislature is hoping to rally the public – to […]

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  • Will Gerrymandering Ever Go Away?

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

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  • Audience boos as General Assembly panel rebuffs redistricting advocates

    February 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Megan Corsano – Capital News Service The Free Lance-Star Dozens of people jeered Republicans on a House committee Friday after they declined to revive legislation aimed at changing the way political districts are drawn in Virginia. More than 100 people gathered for the meeting of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Some of them […]

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  • Nelson County distillery owner running for GOP Governor nomination

    February 06, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    ABC13 WSET By Ashley Ann (Skip to about 13:00 minutes in to here candidate Denver Riggleman talk about gerrymandering!) The latest Christopher Newport University poll has Ed Gillespie leading the 4-person field of Republican candidates for Governor. The newest candidate, Nelson County distillery owner Denver Riggleman, has only 1 percent support in the poll, but he […]

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  • Martin O’Malley and Larry Hogan are both pushing to end gerrymandering

    February 05, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Josh Hicks Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) has changed his stance on gerrymandering, a practice he embraced when he redrew the state’s congressional districts more than six years ago. During a speech at Boston College last month, O’Malley, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said he no longer supports partisan redistricting. […]

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  • With elections ahead, Virginia Republicans look to widen General Assembly’s power

    February 05, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Graham Moomaw It took a while for the visitors in the packed committee room to understand that the meeting was over and lawmakers were leaving. When they realized, they started shouting. “Shame!” the crowd yelled as officials filed out of the room Friday at the Virginia General Assembly Building. Many of the politicians […]

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  • Sen. Ryan McDougle: McAuliffe jumps in on Democratic gerrymandering scheme

    February 05, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle On the same evening Gov. Terry McAuliffe was delivering his annual State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the General Assembly, the New York Times published a news story in which he played a starring role. According to the paper, Virginia’s governor was one of a […]

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