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Review: In 'Slay the Dragon,' a gerrymandering investigation

Mar. 31, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

Feeling beaten down by the news? Why not watch a documentary on gerrymandering to cheer you up? “Slay the Dragon," by Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman, deftly outlines how redistricting has eroded American democracy and helped usher compromise out of our legislatures. It's a level-headed documentary about...

Editorial Roundup:

Mar. 31, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers around Illinois. March 29, 2020 The (Champaign) News-Gazette Sausage Making at its worst In a time of national despair, Congress rushed to pass an economic stimulus bill aimed at assisting individuals and businesses — both large and small — whose financial status...

Michigan logging applications for redistricting panel

Mar. 22, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Applications still are pouring in to serve on a Michigan commission that will create districts for seats in the Legislature and Congress. The secretary of state said at least 3,590 notarized applications have been processed so far, and thousands more have been received. All...

Petition canvassing halted amid coronavirus concerns

Mar. 20, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas groups trying to gather signatures for various petitions required to qualify for the November ballot have suspended their efforts amid public health concerns spurred by the new coronavirus. The group Arkansas Voters First has been trying to collect signatures for a...

A voter fills out his ballot, taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio. Elections officials in the four states, Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio, holding presidential primaries next week say they have no plans to postpone voting amid widespread disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, they are taking extraordinary steps to ensure that voters can cast ballots and polling places are clean. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ohio health chief to order polls closed amid coronavirus

Mar. 17, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top health official will order the polls closed over concerns about the coronavirus, hours before voters were supposed begin casting ballots in the state's presidential primary, the governor said late Monday. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the decision late Monday after a judge...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, lawmakers conduct business on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives in Salt Lake City. The Utah Legislature is wrapping up its work for the year, capping off a session that saw major changes to the state's polygamy statute, a revision of a voter-approved redistricting law and a compromise on education funding. The 45-day meeting is ending in the shadow of the new coronavirus, which caused widespread cancellations but didn't cause major disruptions in legislative business. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Lawmakers wrap up after polygamy, redistricting law changes

Mar. 13, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has wrapped up its work for the year, capping off a session that saw major changes to the state’s polygamy statute, a revision of a voter-approved redistricting law and a compromise on education funding. The 45-day meeting ended late Thursday in the shadow...

In this Feb. 19, 2020, photo, Democratic Rep. Carol Spackman Moss poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Changes to a voter-approved law aimed at curbing gerrymandering passed the Utah Legislature on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle spoke in favor of the changes, saying the two sides reached a good middle ground after negotiations that Moss said were sometimes heated. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Legislature passes changes to redistricting initiative

Mar. 11, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Changes to a voter-approved law aimed at curbing gerrymandering passed the Utah Legislature on Wednesday. The plan now before Utah Gov. Gary Herbert comes after supporters of the 2018 initiative agreed to a compromise to revise the measure. It creates an independent redistricting...

Arizona Senate advances changes to redistricting process

Mar. 10, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona Senate approved a measure Tuesday asking voters to limit the population differences between Arizona's 30 legislative districts. Democrats said the measure would make it harder to create legislative districts with a majority of Native American voters, which has...

House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, center talks with Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, left, and House majority leader Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, right, during a break in the session at the Capitol Friday March 6 , 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers approve redistricting measure

Mar. 6, 2020 6:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers approved a proposed change to the state's constitution on Friday that supporters said would curb political gerrymandering, prompting an outcry by some Democrats who called it harmful to African Americans. The state House narrowly voted to approve the proposed...

FILE - In this Monday, March 2, 2020, file photo, Del. Martha Mugler, D-Hampton, second from right, and Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, right, walk past a group of demonstrators as they head to the House of Delegates inside the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, Va. With the U.S. census approaching, some state lawmakers are attempting to alter voter-approved measures that were intended to reduce partisan gamesmanship when drawing new districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Lawmakers try to alter voter-approved redistricting reforms

Mar. 5, 2020 2:58 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the census approaching, lawmakers in some states are attempting to alter recent voter-approved measures that were intended to reduce partisan gamesmanship when drawing new voting districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures. In Missouri and Utah, Republican-led...