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February 27, 2018

CNN: Democrats eye decade-altering wins in governors’ races

By Eric Bradner
CNN

Washington (CNN): For Democrats, this year’s governors’ races present a once-in-a-decade opening.

This year features 36 gubernatorial contests — including 23 in Republican-held states — starting in less than a month with the primary in Illinois to determine who will take on GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, perhaps the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent.
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February 27, 2018

Washington Post: Redistricting battles heighten the stakes for 2018 gubernatorial races

By Dan Balz
The Washington Post
Democrats talk about the years since 2010 as the Lost Decade, a time when a generation of future leaders was wiped out by a pair of devastating midterm elections and the absence of a strategic plan to recoup from those losses. That’s one reason this year’s gubernatorial elections are the most important in years.
Most of the current political focus, understandably, is on the…

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February 27, 2018

HuffPost: Democrats Invest In Gerrymandering Fight, Promise They Won’t Make Own Unfair Maps

By Sam Levine and Daniel Marans
HuffPost

WASHINGTON ―Democratic governors are planning to invest at least $20 million dollars this year in gubernatorial races that could determine which party has control over drawing electoral boundaries in 2021.

The Democratic Governors Association’s announcement signals that the party is increasingly focusing on state races that could impact redistricting. Republicans,…

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February 27, 2018

Vox: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf thinks governors have a huge role to play in 2021 redistricting

By Ella Nilsen
Vox
Democrats won their biggest victory against Republican gerrymandering a few weeks ago, after Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled the state’s 2010 congressional map unconstitutionally partisan and released a

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September 23, 2017

Washington Post: Democrats’ grueling path back to power, in 2 maps

By Aaron Blake
Washington Post
 
It’s difficult say succinctly just how difficult Democrats’ path back to power is. They are still winning the popular vote for president, after all, and they seem to have both the House and the Senate majorities within grasp if the cards fall right! How bad could it really be?
But Democrats’ ability to regain power on a sustained basis is a much tougher…

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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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