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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.
Chapman’s…

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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
MSNBC
 
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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August 4, 2015

Assoiciated Press: McAuliffe To Lead National Redistricting Effort By Democrats

By Alan Suderman
Associated Press
 
The Democratic Governors Association is looking to give its members a greater say in drawing congressional boundaries during the 2020 redistricting process.
The group announced Tuesday that Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock would lead fundraising and other efforts in a new initiative aimed at helping Democrats in 18…

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August 3, 2015

The New York Times: Democrats Unveil A Plan To Fight Gerrymandering

By Jonathan Martin
The New York Times
 
The Democratic Governors Association is creating a fund dedicated to winning races in states where governors have some control over congressional redistricting, the party’s first step in a long-range campaign to make control of the House more competitive.
Billed as “Unrig the Map,” the effort will target 18 of the 35 states in which governors play a role in…

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July 31, 2015

Bradenton Herald: Redistricting Could Change How Manatee County Is Represented In Florida Senate

By Kate Irby
Brandenton Herald
 
MANATEE — The third special legislative session this year centers around Bradenton’s state Sen. Bill Galvano, as the Florida Senate majority leader chairs a redistricting committee that will draw a new Senate map — all prompted by a lawsuit that specifically mentions the history of Galvano’s seat.
The Senate has called a special session for Oct. 19-Nov. 6…

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July 30, 2015

Orlando Sentinel: GOP Lawmaker: Subpoena Florida Supreme Court Justices In Redistricting Battle

By Gray Rohrer
Orlando Sentinel
 
TALLAHASSEE – Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola Beach, is not too pleased with the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to throw out congressional districts drawn by the Legislature, specifically ruling eight districts out of compliance with the constitution.
He’d like to have a chat with the justices who made that ruling. If they don’t want to talk, he’d like to subpoena…

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July 28, 2015

The Washington Post: Va. Republicans Reject McAuliffe’s Request For Redistricting Meeting

By Jenna Portnoy
The Washington Post
 
RICHMOND —Republican leaders of Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday rebuffed an effort by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to strike a deal on the state’s congressional elections map before a court-imposed deadline.
According to a June ruling, the General Assembly has until Sept. 1 to redraw congressional district boundaries, which the court said illegally pack African Americans…

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