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  • Independent Commission

    February 10, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    An Independent Commission Will Reduce the Conflict of Interest Legislators Have When They Draw Their Own Districts. To do this we backed key legislation in 2015, SJ 284, to create an independent redistricting commission with non-partisan criteria. It removes the conflict of interest that politicians have when they draw their own districts.  (Yes, it’s crazy that […]

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  • Gerrymandering causes forefathers to turn over in their graves

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    We all know that the U.S. election system is a little funky. From the strange electoral college, to unknown super PACs, to large amounts of dark money, there are many things to complain about when it comes to choosing this country’s leaders. The most disturbing element, though, of the election system is the very existence […]

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  • Countdown: Will They Hear the Bill?

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    Just three days left…will they hear SJ 284? Our General Assembly members have two main parts of their job to do:  debate issues and vote on them.  So far, the chair of House Privileges and Elections Committee, Delegate Cole, has kept both of these from happening on a key ethical issue! So we are counting down the days until […]

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  • Bills To Support!

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    Virginian Redistricting Commission + Criteria SJ 284 – Vogel (R)/Lucas (D) Bill Page & Bill Text Referendum Bill SB 824 – Miller (D) Bill Page & Bill Text Statutory Criteria Bill SB 840 – Watkins (R) Bill Page & Bill Text Redistricting Advisory Commission Established SB 1000 – Lewis (D) Bill Page & Bill Text

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  • Falls Church League of Women Voters Hosts Forum on Gerrymandering

    February 06, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is hosting a forum on gerrymandering, the political tactic of manipulating the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts, on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center at 223 Little Falls St. At the forum, called “Gerrymandering: Can It Be Stopped?” there […]

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  • Maryland Governor to Push for Redistricting Reform

    February 05, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he will form a bipartisan commission to explore reforming Maryland’s legislative redistricting process. Hogan said his goal is to give the authority of redrawing the state’s legislative districts to an independent, bipartisan commission. Read the whole article here: CBS-DC

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  • Making Virginia elections competitive

    February 05, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Early next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could render independent redistricting commissions invalid. The legislature of Arizona is challenging the constitutionality of that state’s redistricting commission, saying that the power to draw lines for congressional districts lies solely with the legislature. Read the whole article here: The Virginian-Pilot

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  • Draw NC legislative districts without politics? Talks underway

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Republicans in 2011 carved North Carolina into new districts from which public officials are elected, creating 170 areas for state lawmakers and 13 for members of Congress in a required effort to maintain balanced populations. Democrats and left-leaning groups complained that the new maps intentionally deflated their candidates’ chances in the state and federal elections, […]

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  • Ramadan

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Ramadan and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Cole

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Cole and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Miller

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Miller and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Hugo

    February 03, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Hugo and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call here: (804) […]

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  • Joannou

    February 02, 2015 • Posted In: • Other

    Partisan politicians manipulate elections to keep themselves and their party in power. They meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves. That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse – it’s a conflict of interest. Help us by contacting Delegate Joannou and tell him to vote YES on SJ 284! Call […]

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  • Election law changes aid politicians

    February 02, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    When politicians tinker with the laws governing their own elections, one should view their proposals with a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude. Almost always, the politicians proclaim that they are acting in the public interest to make elections fairer. And almost always, election law changes would improve the politicians’ chances of holding their offices or advancing up the […]

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  • Schwarzenegger muscles into Arizona redistricting suit

    January 29, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has muscled his way into an Arizona political dispute. The former California governor is one of a number of people defending the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in a lawsuit headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the whole article here: AZ Central

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  • Via.Senate’s approval of redistricting reform a good first step

    January 28, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    On Monday, the Virginia Senate did the right thing. The House of Delegates appears poised to undo the good work. Read the whole article here: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • A One-Two Punch Against the Initiative Process at the Supreme Court

    January 28, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    An Arizona case before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the state’s ballot initiative created redistricting commission could have such an effect on California politics that three former California governors, noted California political scientists, and a California state commission have all filed briefs in the case. Read the whole article here: Fox & Hounds

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  • Incumbency overwhelms democracy

    January 28, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The effort to promote fairer, more competitive elections in state and federal legislative races received a big boost this week after a bipartisan coalition of state senators approved the first reading of a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul Virginia’s redistricting process. Read the whole article here: The Virginian-Pilot

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  • General Assembly Briefs – Jan. 27

    January 27, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Senate approves bill for redistricting The Senate approved legislation that would establish a new method for drawing state and congressional district boundaries. Read the whole article here: Richmond Time-Dispatch

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  • Commission Would Redraw Legislative Boundaries

    January 27, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The Senate approved legislation on Monday that would create a commission to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries. Read the whole article here: The Virginian-Pilot

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  • SENATE PASSES KEY REFORMS TO MAKE REDISTRICTING FAIR TO VOTERS

    January 26, 2015 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 26, 2015 Contacts: Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 804-240-9933 [email protected] Greg Lucyk, President of OneVirginia2021 804-920-7031 [email protected] SENATE PASSES KEY REFORMS TO MAKE REDISTRICTING FAIR TO VOTERS Richmond: The Virginia Senate on Monday passed two bills to make redistricting a more fair process to voters […]

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  • League of Women Voters Joins Fight to Defend Independent Redistricting Commissions

    January 26, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The League of Women Voters (LWV) has filed an amicus brief (friend of the court) in the U.S. Supreme Court case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The LWV sides with the independent redistricting commission (and lower court), arguing that the state legislature acts in an extremely hyper-partisan manner, which only hurts the […]

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  • General Assembly: Redistricting reform, two-term governor bills advance

    January 25, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Annual efforts to change the way Virginia draws election districts and to allow a second term for governors moved forward last week at the Capitol. They won bipartisan support in lopsided Senate committee votes, but continue to face an uphill climb that has toppled similar measures for years. Legislative leaders from both chambers didn’t give […]

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  • A scenario under which assembly elections actually matter

    January 24, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    With a 2-to-1 majority in the House of Delegates, Republicans ordinarily have little to fear. Their disciplined, sharply conservative caucus can and will use its hefty presence to thwart Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe on a health care fix, gun control and any issue that’s essential this legislative election year to revving up the base — […]

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  • Redistricting reform: A win for bipartisanship

    January 22, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Redistricting can be one of the most contentious issues in state politics, especially in Ohio where the drawing of the district lines lies in the hands of the majority party. That is until House Joint Resolution 12 was passed by the General Assembly last month, and is scheduled to appear on the Ohio ballot in […]

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