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August 21, 2015

Wausau Daily Herald: Partisan Redistricting Removes Citizens’ Voice

By Kitz Clearly
Wausau Daily Herald
Wisconsin citizens are frustrated. Representative democracy no longer represents them.
Thanks to cleverly calculated redistricting, legislative seats are secure and politicians don’t have to care. Calls and letters to legislators are routinely ignored or answered with vapid form letters.
But citizens are fighting back.
In July, a group of Wisconsin residents sued the…

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August 19, 2015

The Free Lance-Star: Look For Redistricting To Be Fair By Judges

By The Free Lance-Star Editorial Page Staff
The Free Lance-Star
It appears likely now that federal judges will take over the task of redrawing the boundaries that make up congressional districts in Virginia.
Since whatever the judges decide will have to gain the approval of the federal judiciary, it probably will be less partisan than what the Republican majority in the General Assembly would have…

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August 15, 2015

Miami Herald: Is A Politically Unbiased Map Possible For Florida?

By Mary Ellen Las and Michael Auslen
Miami Herald
As Florida legislators struggled last week to draw a congressional district map that meets a court mandate, it became clear that what they would end up with would be far from perfect.
“Bring me a redistricting commission or something, for goodness sakes,” exclaimed Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, as lawmakers convened for the second special session to revise a…

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August 13, 2015

Huffington Post: Governors Of Different Parties Realize Redistricting Is Screwed Up

By Samantha Lachman
Huffington Post
WASHINGTON —  Two governors have the same problem: Their states are heavily gerrymandered, giving one party a disproportionate share of seats in the state legislature and Congress. Both governors want to create independent redistricting commissions that would draw fairer districts. But both states’ legislatures are virulently opposed to the idea.

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August 13, 2015

The Virginia Pilot: Virginia House Leaders Release Agenda For Redistricting Session

By Patrick Wilson
The Virginia Pilot
State House leaders on Wednesday released their agenda for Monday’s special session of the General Assembly to redraw U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott’s 3rd congressional district.
Matt Moran, a spokesman for House Speaker Bill Howell, said House Republicans don’t yet have a redistricting plan.
“We haven’t done the preliminary work necessary to craft a…

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August 12, 2015

Capital Gazette: Redistricting Process Needs Reform Now

By Dr. Mark Plaster
Capital Gazette
The political boundaries of Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District — which covers parts of Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Baltimore counties and the city — are a national embarrassment. That is why I am glad to see Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford renew their commitment to end the corrupt practice of gerrymandering.

The lieutenant…

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August 11, 2015

Daily Press: A Look At Redistricting When Protecting Incumbents Isn’t Job No. 1

By Dave Ress
Daily Press
What might Virginia’s Congressional districts look like if the prime directive wasn’t what it really is – giving incumbents a lock on seats?
State Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, sketched one approach, by moving Rep. Randy Forbes’ South Hampton Roads district far to the north and cutting Rep. Rob Wittman and Rep. Robert Hurt’s homes out of their current districts.

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August 10, 2015

Indy Star: Indiana Needs Redistricting Committee

By Mary Boggs
Indy Star
In April, Common Cause Indiana and the League of Women Voters of Indiana celebrated the passage of legislation that created a special study committee on redistricting to explore possibilities for creating a more independent redistricting process in Indiana. This is a great opportunity for citizens yearning for more meaningful elections and more accountable elected officials.
In June,…

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August 4, 2015

Washington Post: Gov. McAuliffe Leads Democratic Effort To Redraw House Districts

By Jenna Portnoy
Washington Post
RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is spearheading a national push by Democrats and the advocacy group Emily’s List to elect Democratic governors in states where redrawing congressional districts could eventually help the party win control of the House.
The recruiting and fundraising effort will target 18 of the 35 states where governors will be elected in time to…

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August 4, 2015

MSNBC: Democrats Aim To “Unrig” Congressional Maps In 2020

By Eric Levitz
In the 2012 election, Democratic congressional candidates received 1.4 million more votes than Republican candidates – and the GOP won control of the House of Representatives by a 33-seat margin.
That math is partially the product of the tea party wave election of 2010, when conservatives turned out in large numbers and put Republicans in control of state legislatures and governor’s…

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