GERRYMANDERING

Redistricting Postmortem

The Virginia Supreme Court announced the conclusion of its consideration of redistricting maps for the Commonwealth, terminating an unsuccessful episode of political cartography by the Virginia Redistricting Commission. Thus, the state may now enjoy (or curse) the judiciary’s result for… Read More ›

Democraphobia Redux

1 The Founding Fathers feared direct democracy as “mob rule” and crafted safety valves into the Constitution to ensure that rabble-led political forces did not consume the new central government or its state constituents. Notably, the electoral college process and… Read More ›

Proudly Hoi Polloi

1 Sometime in 2029, Virginia will again face the task of drawing political boundaries. The current Virginia Redistricting Commission (VRC) lies mortally wounded on the legislative books and, if memory serves decision-makers, it will remain in the legal sanitarium for… Read More ›

The Road Ahead

It appears that  the Virginia Redistricting Commission (VRC) will not meet its timeline to produce  a set of electoral maps establishing new boundaries that are supposed to endure until the next census in 2030, in effect, a 10-year legacy. The… Read More ›

Redistricting Commission Imploding

Republicans Reject Compromise and Democrats Walk Out Editors’ Note: Reposted from Virginia Mercury, October 8, 2021. Sadly, redistricting in the Commonwealth fell prey to the Virginia Way. Critics of the original legislation will crow; a hopeful citizenry will sigh with… Read More ›

Rigged?

By Frank Blechman Why do incumbent elected officials usually win reelection? Critics would say they win because the elections are “rigged.” For me, that’s a question of semantics. Yes, in the past, gerrymandered districts have favored incumbents, not just by… Read More ›

Gerry’s Salamander

It’s been more than 200 years since the first sighting of the salamander in Massachusetts in 1812, foisted upon the public by Elbridge Gerry. Over those two centuries, the creature has consumed or created countless millions of useless votes by… Read More ›