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October 17, 2016

New York Magazine: Obama’s Post-Presidency Plan: Challenge the GOP’s State-Level Advantage

By Ed Kilgore
New York Magazine
 
Barack Obama has often been accused of being insufficiently partisan — or at least insufficiently devoted to the particular interests of the Democratic Party. So, it’s interesting he’s signaling that he will make a new Democratic redistricting project headed up by former Attorney General Eric Holder “the main focus of his political activity once he leaves…

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October 17, 2016

Washington Post: Obama’s Post-Presidency Political Focus: Redistricting

By Juliet Eilperin
The Washington Post
 
Hoping to regain lost ground in the states before elected officials there redraw congressional maps for the next decade, Democrats have launched a new group that will enlist the aid of President Obama as well as a slew of the party’s liberal allies.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which will be chaired by former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr.,…

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October 17, 2016

Politico: Obama, Holder To Lead Post-Trump Redistricting Campaign

By Edward-Isaac Dovere
Politico 
 
As Democrats aim to capitalize on this year’s Republican turmoil and start building back their own decimated bench, former Attorney General Eric Holder will chair a new umbrella group focused on redistricting reform — with the aim of taking on the gerrymandering that’s left the party behind in statehouses and made winning a House majority far more difficult.
 
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May 23, 2016

Washington Post: Supreme Court Leaves In Place Va. Redistricting Decision, Rejects GOP Lawmakers’ Challenge

By Robert Barnes and Jenna Portnoy
Washington Post
 
The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a lower court’s decision that redraws some of Virginia’s congressional districts and creates the possibility of electing a second black U.S. House member from the commonwealth.
The justices ruled unanimously that three Virginia Republican congressmen who challenged the lower court’s decision — Reps. J. Randy…

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May 23, 2016

Bloomberg: Republicans Lose At U.S. High Court On Virginia Voting Map

By Greg Stohr
Bloomberg Politics
 
The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a challenge to a judge-drawn voting map that might help Democrats pick up a seat from Virginia in the U.S. House.
The unanimous ruling Monday said the state’s Republican congressional delegation couldn’t press an appeal seeking to reinstate an earlier map drawn by the state legislature. That map helped Republicans capture eight of…

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April 25, 2016

Washington Post: Obama, Who Once Stood As Party Outsider, Now Works To Strengthen Democrats

By  Juliet Eilperin
The Washington Post
 
Barack Obama rose to prominence as a different kind of Democrat, an outsider who was not part of the establishment and who would chart a separate course. Eight years later, the president finds himself working hard to restore a party from which he was once eager to stand apart.
Obama has presided over a greater loss of electoral power for his party than any two-term…

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April 24, 2016

New York Magazine: The House The GOP Built

By David Daley
New York Magazine
 
In July 2009 Chris Jankowski sat down at his Richmond home with the morning New York Times. It had been eight months since Barack Obama defeated John McCain in the presidential election, capturing Republican stronghold after stronghold and helping to usher in a Democratic supermajority in the Senate. On television and on the front pages of newspapers, pundits had openly…

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April 7, 2016

Associated Press: Ohio’s Kasich Calls For Congressional Redistricting Changes

By Ann Sanner
Associated Press
 
Gov. John Kasich is calling on state lawmakers to consider changing how Ohio draws its congressional districts, emphasizing that gerrymandering should be in “the dustbin of history.”
Kasich’s fellow Republicans, who control the Legislature and subsequently the location of district lines, weren’t exactly swept up by Kasich’s call for action in his…

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April 5, 2016

The Economist: How Redistricting In Virginia Changed Part Of Its Political Landscape

The Economist Blog
The Economist
 
Of 435 seats in America’s House of Representatives, perhaps 36 are considered neither decisively red or nor blue. Another, in the pork-and-peanut belt of southern Virginia, joined them earlier this year, when a federal court re-drew its boundaries to favour a Democrat. The district’s long-time Republican incumbent, Randy Forbes, decided that rather than risk…

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March 20, 2016

Washington Post: Va. Republicans Take Redistricting Fight To The Supreme Court

By Robert Barnes and Jenna Portnoy
The Washington Post
 
The Supreme Court on Monday takes up a long-running political fight about whether Virginia lawmakers redrew the state’s congressional map to protect the commonwealth’s lone African American congressman — or to make sure he was not joined by a second.
The court will consider whether Republican lawmakers packed African American voters into Democratic…

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