I have a new and important update on our fight to terminate gerrymandering.
After the Supreme Court ruling to send the Wisconsin case back to the lower court to establish standing and several other decisions at the end of their term, along with the retirement of Justice Kennedy, I’ve gotten messages of concern from many of you about the possibility of tackling gerrymandering through the courts.
While I wish we’d won the case, the legal process will continue and I don’t want any of you to lose hope. But we don’t have to wait for the courts. Join me with renewed energy to terminate gerrymandering state by state at the ballot box this November. Regardless of the court decisions, momentum is on our side. Believe me – I know how hard it was to reform California’s redistricting process. We failed four times and finally secured a victory to give an independent commission the power to draw our state legislative lines by barely a point! Two years later, when we expanded our reform to Congressional seats, we won by 22 points. And earlier this year, Ohio voters approved redistricting reform by nearly 50 points.
The tides have turned, and we will continue winning. Let’s work together with these citizen-powered movements in Utah, Colorado, Michigan, and Missouri to terminate gerrymandering once and for all:
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Friends, with so much activity regarding redistricting, I wanted to send you an update with the latest information on our efforts to terminate gerrymandering.
The Supreme Court has heard cases of Democratic gerrymandering in Maryland and Republican gerrymandering in Wisconsin, and both instances are unacceptable.
While we anxiously await court decisions, we must keep up the momentum at the state and local level to end this scourge on our democracy. We're so close to our $150,000 goal, which won't just help with these Supreme Court cases, but the many fights still to come.
Please chip in whatever you can afford -- we are closer than we've ever been to defeating gerrymandering, but we must keep up the pressure.
Don't forget: I'll personally match every single donation that comes in.
Thank you for everything,
The Ohio Legislature has passed a solid redistricting reform measure. This is a big win, because it shows that we can be optimistic about some politicians willingly giving up their ability to gerrymander. If you have some time this week, call Governor Kasich or an Ohio representative who voted for the bill to thank them. We call our leaders when they let us down, but we also need to let them know we noticed when they do the right thing.
Today, we filed our amicus brief in the Maryland case the Supreme Court has agreed to hear. Since all of you are so involved in this campaign, I wanted to share it with you here. I promise it isn't just legal language - the Governors involved (Governor Hogan of Maryland, Governor Kasich of Ohio, former Governor Davis and me from California) make important arguments about why the court should intervene.
Two cases within a year of each other. This is momentum. Let's keep pushing.
With the news that the Pennsylvania maps have been thrown out by the courts (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0...), on top of a similar action in North Carolina and the news that the Maryland case will be heard by the Supreme Court, we'd like to hear from you.
What is the status of the fight against gerrymandering in your state? We have spoken to a few campaigns around the country, and we also know some legislatures have bills in the pipeline. Tell us about the fight against gerrymandering in your state so that we can try to help highlight it here and elsewhere.
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