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Take the politics out of NC redistricting

On September 22, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Two maps appear above. The current one is a major problem. The proposed one is a simple solution. The current map of North Carolina’s congressional districts is the 2011 handiwork of the Republican-controlled General Assembly. It is a portrait of gerrymandering. As can be seen by the maps of the…

Supreme Court to Rule on Virginia Redistricting Case This Fall

On September 22, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

The Supreme Court has been taking up a lot of redistricting cases of late, and their rulings have had an immediate impact. That’s why all eyes are on the Virginia case they’ll hear this fall. The case hinges on whether Republicans unfairly used race in drawing a few House of…

OneVirginia 2021 releases trailer for new documentary

On September 21, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

GerryRIGGED Check out this great documentary trailer- informing the public is the fastest way to make a change!

Obama calls for an end to gerrymandering in the State of the Union

On January 16, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Gerrymandering rarely gets primetime political coverage on network TV, but President Barack Obama made an exception during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He called for a handful of changes to the political system, including redistricting reform, campaign finance reform, and voting rights protections — though he was vague on…

A hidden cost of gerrymandering: When even competitive seats are rendered uncompetitive

On January 16, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Last week, we discussed one of the true perils of gerrymandered legislative bodies—the relative paucity of competitive districts where either party enjoys a legitimate chance of victory. Among the most egregious examples: the fact that just eight percentof the state legislative seats in North Carolina are marginal seats, despite the fact…

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering

On January 16, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called on lawmakers and the public to take a number of steps “to change the system to reflect our better selves” for “a better politics.” The top item on that list was to end partisan gerrymandering: “we have to end the practice of…

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OHIO SHOWS HOW GERRYMANDERING TOOK THE ‘SWING’ OUT OF SWING STATE

On September 23, 2015, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Ohio is widely considered to be the ultimate swing state. Ohio voters have picked the winning U.S. Presidential candidate every year since 1964, routinely switching parties. So how can a state that is evenly split between supporting Democrats and Republicans have an elected legislature made up overwhelmingly by one party?…

Parties in 3rd District case clash over posting of plans

On September 23, 2015, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

The parties in the lawsuit that will lead to new boundaries for Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District are now fighting over whether proposed fixes for the district should be made public on a state government website. On Friday, members of Virginia’s State Board of Elections, the original defendants in the case,…

Dwight Dudley files bill that would lead to independent redistricting commission

On September 23, 2015, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By , With No Comments

On Friday, St. Petersburg Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley filed a bill (HJR 201) that would establish a bipartisan redistricting commission in Florida, which  would be responsible for drawing political boundaries for Congress and the Legislature. It’s an issue that’s been discussed for years in Florida, but has come to the forefront in the aftermath…