• No choice, no voice at the ballot box

    January 20, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    In the 2014 election, 47 percent – nearly half – of N.C. General Assembly candidates ran completely unopposed. That means the only steps these members had to take to secure their seats were to file paperwork and pay the filing fee. Read the whole article here: The Voter Update

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  • New Coalition Aims to Keep General Assembly Transparent

    January 19, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    There’s a new coalition in town, and it aims to police the General Assembly and its policies so that citizens are always in the know. Read/Listen to the whole article here: WVTF

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  • How gerrymandering cost Virginia its Medicaid expansion

    January 16, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Get ready for the Virginia version of the hit film “Groundhog Day.” In the coming weeks, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) again will try mightily to persuade members of the General Assembly to support Medicaid expansion. They will almost certainly refuse, just as they did in 2014. Read the whole article here: The Washington Post

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  • New Coalition Pushes for Better Transparency Laws

    January 15, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Transparency Virginia aims to improve citizen participation and understanding of the General Assembly. Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said the group’s goals include the fair consideration of all legislation and advance notice of committee and subcommittee meetings. Read the whole article here: Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

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  • New transparency Coalition to Monitor General Assembly Session

    January 13, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Almost 20 nonprofits and advocacy groups have formed a new coalition called Transparency Virginia that intends to track how accessible the General Assembly’s work is to citizens during this year’s session. Read the whole article here: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • Editorial: Redo redistricting process

    January 07, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    It looks like redistricting may be a hot topic in the General Assembly’s upcoming session. Last week another lawsuit was filed questioning Virginia’s political district-drawing methods. This time a group of voters have challenged a dozen House of Delegates district boundaries. The federal lawsuit claims black voters were illegally packed into certain districts, diluting their […]

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  • Editorial should be required reading for GA

    January 04, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    Your recent editorial “Fix It,” endorsing the recommendations for redistricting reform by the governor’s bipartisan Commission on Integrity, should be required reading for every delegate and senator in the General Assembly. Read the whole article here: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • Boucher: First step in ending gridlock

    January 04, 2015 • Posted In: • News

    The gerrymandering of state legislative and congressional districts is a bipartisan offense. Members of the Virginia Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government are proposing a bipartisan solution. Read the whole article here: The Virginian Pilot

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  • VA Ethics Panel: Remove Politicians from Redistricting Process

    December 22, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Virginia’s ethics panel officially voted Monday to take politicians out of the redistricting process, and have an independent group draw up voting precincts. Read the whole story here: NBC 29

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  • Competition and Fairness

    November 01, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Progress – November 1, 2014 “Not to take anything away from Rep. Scott, a dedicated public servant, but absence of a competitive campaign hurts residents of the 3rd District. They would be served by a spirited debate of ideas among candidates eager to win their vote.” Read the article from the Daily Progress here. 

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  • Virginia’s Redistricting Dilemma

    October 23, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Virginian-Pilot – October 23, 2014 “When the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a provision of the Voting Rights Act last year, I never expected it would affect Virginia. But the recent district court ruling invalidating the 3rd Congressional District brings Virginia under a new set of rules.” Read the article from “PilotOnline” here.

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  • Forum Generates Many Questions On Redistricting

    October 15, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Virginia Gazette – October 15, 2014 “Whether voters should choose their leaders or politicians should choose their own voters was the central questions of Tuesday evening’s forum on redistricting.” Read the article from the Virginia Gazette here. 

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  • Redistricting reform should start now

    August 21, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Virginian-Pilot – August 21, 2014 “There were no surprises in Tuesday’s special elections. Voters in each of the three districts performed as expected. Thanks to the last redistricting, it’s unlikely we’ll see an interparty upset any time soon.” Read the article from “PilotOnline” here.

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  • House of Delegates Candidates in District 48 Agree

    August 13, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    INSIDENOVA – August 13, 2014 “Republican David Foster and Democrat Richard “Rip” Sullivan Jr. used a recent forum to press for an end to partisan redistricting of legislative electoral boundaries across Virginia.” Read the article from “INSIDENOVA” here.

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  • Reform redistricting: Creating an independent process will help ensure more accurate representation for Virginia voters

    August 10, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Press – August 10, 2014 Under our current redistricting system, it is difficult if not impossible to hold elected officials accountable to the people they are meant to serve. Communities cannot speak with a united voice. Gridlock worsens as protected incumbents have little incentive to negotiate or compromise, meaning Virginia sits idle rather than […]

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  • Bolling Calls for Redistricting Reform

    July 31, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Daily Press – July 31, 2014 “Virginia’s badly gerrymandered congressional and legislative districts are poisoning our politics and leading the state toward a Washington-style gridlock, former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling told a small group of Peninsula business leaders Thursday.” Read the article here.

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  • NBC12 (Richmond) Viewpoint: Change is Coming – Redistricting 2021

    July 27, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    NBC12 – July 27, 2014 Vice President and General Manager Kym Grinnage spoke about redistricting, saying “Although the next census count will not be until 2020, it is 2021 that will have a profound effect on the legislative districts in Virginia for another 10 years. And those changes will affect each and every one of […]

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  • With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen

    June 27, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service June 27, 2014 By large margins, Virginians don’t like the idea of politicians creating their own legislative districts. The once-a-decade exercise known as redistricting, which next rolls around in 2021, is a powerful tool for lawmakers to keep themselves and their party in office. When a district is obviously […]

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  • Sen. Tim Cullen: Uncontested races symptom of our flawed redistricting process

    June 20, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    The Cap Times Date: June 20, 2014 Article Link Wisconsin politics continues to suffer from a chronic illness that has silenced voters and diminished civility in state government. You may have noticed some of the symptoms yourself. Those symptoms include: • The hollowing out of the political middle — moderate legislators are quickly becoming a […]

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  • The Virginian Newsletter

    June 01, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen Read the whole paper here

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  • Preserving power in Richmond

    March 12, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginian-Pilot Date Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Editorial Link In six years, the next Census will be under way. Data collected from households across the commonwealth will be used for a variety of purposes, including the reshaping of state and federal legislative districts.That redistricting effort is set, as always, to take place in Virginia’s General […]

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  • For a Better Result, End Gerrymandering

    March 11, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    The Wall Street Journal Author: David Patterson Date Tuesday, March 11, 2014 WSJ Article Link End the gerrymandering of House districts to protect incumbents and to engineer racial “diversity.”s None of the many letters of March 5 responding to William A. Galston’s proposal of four-year terms for members of the House of Representatives mention an […]

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  • A statewide group pushes back against redistricting business as usual

    February 25, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    Style Weekly Author: TINA GRIEGO Date Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Style Weekly Article Link A bipartisan coalition launched a multi-year campaign last week to wrench the process of redrawing Virginia’s legislative district boundaries from the hands of whatever party happens to be in power. Instead, the job of redistricting after every U.S. census to reflect […]

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  • Assembly 2014: Group Forms to Push Independent Redistricting

    February 23, 2014 • Posted In: • News

    NPR Author: Craig Carper Date Sunday, February 23, 2014 NPR Audio Link A new group of advocates pushing for non-partisan redistricting announced their formation to a large crowd at the state capitol last week. Craig Carper reports.  

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  • Thank You For Donating!

    February 22, 2014 • Posted In: • Other

    Thank You for Your Donation! We are working every day to get the message out how fundamental redistricting reform is to the health of our republic. Our system doesn’t work when politicians pick their voters. Virginia can do better – and we will thanks to your help. We are grateful for your generous donation to […]

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