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August 31, 2015

The Detroit News: Why Redistricting Reform Matters

By Gary Woronchak
The Detroit News
 
Greg McNeilly’s Aug. 20 column, “Redistricting scheme is power grab,” leaves me amazed at how someone can argue so forcefully for a position they simply must know is untrue.
McNeilly, former executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, is acutely and personally aware that the state’s process for drawing district lines for state and federal offices is about…

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August 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gazette: GOP Fights Challenge To Gerrymandered Assembly Map

By Lisa Neff
Wisconsin Gazette
 
The Wisconsin Department of Justice wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the redistricting map drawn by lawmakers to the benefit of the GOP.
Meanwhile, a grassroots petition drive aimed at revamping the redistricting process is getting attention in the state. The petition circulating on the Web by the nonpartisan group Common Cause Wisconsin calls on lawmakers…

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August 27, 2015

The Columbus Dispatch: Supporters Of Issue 1 Say Redistricting Change To Promote ‘Fair Elections’

By Jim Siegel
The Columbus Dispatch
 
In the past two elections, 100 percent of Ohio congressional races and 98 percent of legislative contests were won by the political party favored when the district lines were drawn in 2011.
In 2014, Ohio Republican congressional candidates got 57 percent of all votes cast but won 75 percent of the seats. Republican candidates for the Ohio House got 57 percent of the vote…

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August 25, 2015

Associated Press: Ohio Elections Chief Backs Redistricting Issue On Ballot

Associated Press
 
COLUMBUS: Ohio’s elections chief, a long-time advocate for changes to how the state draws its political districts, is backing a proposed overhaul of the process on the fall ballot.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says in a statement he’s supporting Issue 1 on Nov. 3 because he believes it will “ensure a fair and transparent process for drawing legislative lines.”
 
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August 21, 2015

Wall Street Journal: Florida Lawmakers Fail To Make Progress On Redistricting

By Arian Campo-Flores
Wall Street Journal
A special legislative session in Florida aimed at redrawing the state’s congressional map collapsed Friday amid acrimony between the House and Senate, creating uncertainty for candidates ahead of the 2016 elections.
Lawmakers called the two-week session after the state Supreme Court ruled in July that the existing map of 27 congressional districts was unconstitutional….

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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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