U.S. House: Reform, Taxpayer, and Business Groups Urge Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on Redistricting Reform BillAug 21, 2009
Today a broad range of reform, business, and taxpayer organizations urged House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) to hold hearings on the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act (H.R. 3025). The legislation to improve the corrupted redistricting process that allows politicians to handpick the voters they will represent was introduced by Representatives John Tanner (D-TN) and Mike Castle (R-DE) last month.
- Aug 19, 2009
The Campaign Legal Center, the League of Women Voters and Americans for Redistricting Reform announced a "Statement of Essential Principles on Redistricting" supported by a diverse set of reform groups, civil right organizations, and academics. Many of those signing on gathered last month at the Pocantico Redistricting Conference late last month. The Legal Center, in partnership with the League, convened the meeting to explore ways that the public can best participate in the redistricting process in 2011 and beyond.
Redistricting Reform Bill Deserves hearings Blue Dog Endoresment: Statement of Meredith McGehee, CLC Policy DirectorJul 8, 2009
It is time for the House to hold hearings on redistricting reform legislation currently pending in the 111th Congress. The issue is of huge importance to our democratic process and yesterday's endorsement of the legislation by the Blue Dog Coalition lends weight to the calls to reform the process before the 2010 Census and subsequent round of predictable extreme political gerrymanders.
- Jun 25, 2009
For two years, we were on opposite sides of a historic election, serving as general counsels to the Obama and McCain presidential campaigns. Our experiences led us to an inescapable conclusion: Bringing our voter registration system into the 21st century must be the priority for improving the election process.
The follwing opinion piece was published in The Washington Post on June 25, 2009.
Redistricting Reform Bill Tackles Systemic Abuse: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorJun 24, 2009
The way most states draw congressional districts must change if we are to break the partisan gridlock in Washington. Representatives John Tanner (D-TN) and Mike Castle (R-DE) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) are to be commended for moving the ball forward on reforming this process with the introduction of the Fairness And Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act. They clearly recognize that our current system is broken and must be addressed and addressed quickly. The gerrymandering clock is ticking loudly.