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April 21, 2017

New York Times: Key Question For Supreme Court: Will It Let Gerrymanders Stand?

By Michael Wines
The New York Times
 
The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.
 
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March 31, 2017

Teen Vogue: Everything You Need to Know About Gerrymandering

By Emma Sarran Webster
Teen Vogue
 
We recently learned that Barack Obama may return to politics, to take on the issue of gerrymandering. According to Politico, Eric Holder, who served as Obama’s attorney general, said the former president is looking to help the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) produce more fair congressional maps in the 2021 redistricting process. Wondering what exactly…

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March 19, 2017

Huffington Post: Our Country Must Be Saved From Gerrymandering

By Andy Parker
Huffington Post
 
Virginia is a purple state. Its statewide elected offices—governor, Lt. governor and attorney general—are all held by Democrats. To the casual observer or someone outside Virginia politics, one would expect the Democrats to also hold at the very least, a slim majority in the General Assembly. They would be wrong. Not only do Republicans hold the majority in the General…

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March 18, 2017

NPR: Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real ‘Rigged System’ Is Gerrymandering

By Sarah McCammon
National Public Radio
 
If the election results of 2016 were really about rejecting the political establishment, then Congress didn’t get the memo. After all, 97 percent of incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking re-election won even as national polls show overwhelming disapproval of Congress.
 
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March 17, 2017

NPR: In Virginia, Advocates Hope To Engage Voters In Redistricting Reform Efforts

By Sarah McCammon
National Public Radio 
 
In the wake of the 2016 election, redistricting reform advocates are hoping to engage voters in efforts to reduce partisan gerrymandering. In Virginia, activism is taking the form of a lawsuit and grassroots campaign.
 
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March 12, 2017

Bloomberg View: Democrats Strike Back in the Redistricting Wars

By Albert R. Hunt
Bloomberg View
 
Kelly Ward is determined not to bang her head, politically, against the wall. She spent four years running the Democrats’ House Campaign Committee where, thanks to the Republicans’ prodigious gerrymandering of congressional districts, she made little progress.
 
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March 11, 2017

The Hill: Gerrymandering: Time To Think Outside The Box

By Shany Mor
The Hill 
 
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the practice of politics in America cannot begin to repair itself without addressing the problem of gerrymandered Congressional districts. And yet the solutions on offer are remarkably modest.
Perhaps we should be thinking outside the box, especially once it has taken on the shape of Latin earmuffs or a fork-tongued salamander—to name…

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March 1, 2017

Huffington Post: Supreme Court Sides With Democrats In Challenge To Virginia’s Racially Drawn Districts

By Cristian Farias
Huffington Post
 
The Supreme Court largely ruled on Wednesday for a group of Democratic Virginia residents in a racial gerrymandering case that could have a big impact on legal challenges to GOP-led redistricting efforts throughout the country.
 
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March 1, 2017

Think Progress: Supreme Court Snatches Victory Away From The Forces Of Gerrymandering

By Ian Millhiser
Think Progress
 
On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court corrected a serious error by a lower federal court that, if allowed to spread throughout the judiciary, could have significantly bolstered future attempts to draw gerrymandered districts.
 
 
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February 10, 2017

Washington Post: Gerrymandering Is The Biggest Obstacle To Genuine Democracy In The United States. So Why Is No One Protesting?

By Brian Klaas
The Washington Post
 
There is an enormous paradox at the heart of American democracy. Congress is deeply and stubbornly unpopular. On average, between 10 and 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress – on a par with public support for traffic jams and cockroaches. And yet, in the 2016 election, only eight incumbents – eight out of a body of 435 representatives – were defeated at the…

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