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Deadline to submit redistricting suggestions approaching


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Clarksville, TN – In a follow-up to a previous story about the 2012 redistricting of Tennessee voting districts, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey reminds citizens that if you want to take part in the process, you have until November 1 to give your suggestions.  This year’s Senate redistricting process is the first in history that will be open to any Tennessee citizen with access to a computer. Submissions are due by Tuesday, November 1st.

Last month the Lt. Governor made clear his commitment to an efficient and open Senate redistricting process by placing an unprecedented amount of information and data online for use by the general public. “I’m so glad to live in an age where both the political will and the technological tools exist to allow this kind of open process,” said Ramsey. «Read the rest of this article»

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Redistricting could change legislative voting lines for Montgomery County


VoteMontgomery County, TN – It is time once again to redraw the lines that determine the makeup of  Tennessee’s legislative districts, and on top of the already “contentious” state of affairs in the Tennessee Legislature, this promises to be a process to watch. The redistricting could also alter the makeup of Montgomery County, giving one local city councilman cause to “explore” the possibility of running for state office.

Republicans took control of the Legislature and the Governor’s office last year, and now possess the power to draw the legislative districts, a procedure that’s done every 10 years. Each district can only have 65,000 voters and the lines locally could give Montgomery County a third representative. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Students invited to Map It Out


Rep. Joe Pitts Encourages Participation in Statewide Redistricting Contest

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Members of the Tennessee General Assembly are encouraging middle school, high school and college students to participate in TN Redistricting:  Map It Out!, a contest designed to educate residents about the redistricting process.

TN Redistricting:  Map It Out! is a nonpartisan, statewide contest sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, in cooperation with the First Amendment Center.  Contest participants can compete for cash prizes by drawing electoral maps for state House, state Senate and congressional districts while learning more about the complex rules that lawmakers must follow when drafting redistricting plans. «Read the rest of this article»

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A look back at the 2010 elections


The results of the 2010 election were predestined. Here is a look at why that was the case.

There was a simmering dissatisfaction by progressive voters who came out and supported the Democrats in 2008; expecting the Obama administration to fight for the them on the issues such as the economy, jobs, health care reform, financial reform, and ending the never ending wars. Instead the administration supported more right of center positions on these issues, which caused many long time Democrat and Independent voters to be unwilling to go out and support them in this election.

The Democrats surrendered before the fight began in the name of bipartisanship. For example on health care reform to secure Republican support the Obama Administration removed the popular single payer health option from the table to protect the interests of for-profit hospitals and private insurance companies. In the end not one single Republican crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the plan. This has been the case in policy after policy. Bipartisanship is a two edged sword, which only works when both sides come to the table in good faith; and this has not been the case from the very beginning of the Obama Administration. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tanner legislation seeks to ease political partisanship


FAIR Act Would End Political Gerrymandering

tannerheaderWASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. John Tanner (D-TN), Mike Castle (R-DE), Allen Boyd (D-FL), Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Baron Hill (D-IN), along with U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) are joining with redistricting reform advocates to end gerrymandering – the political power grab that too often cripples Congress’ ability to work together on bipartisan solutions.

They introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act at a Capitol Hill press conference with redistricting reform advocates and grassroots leaders, including Americans for Redistricting Reform. Tanner has sponsored similar legislation since 2005.

“We must reform the system so the people can elect their representatives instead of allowing politicians to select their constituents with computer software based on strictly political considerations,” Congressman Tanner said. “When politicians draw district lines, it often favors political partisanship and self-protection over public interest. Gerrymandered districts breed partisanship and discourage Members of Congress from working across the aisle on real solutions to the challenges facing our country.”

“The political center continues to disappear, and fewer Members are willing to work across the aisle,” Congressman Castle said. “Instead we are seeing increased identification with political parties and issues driven and debated from the more extreme ideologies. Curbing this trend isn’t impossible; we can make a difference with this legislation.” «Read the rest of this article»

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