Gerrymandered!

U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va. 4th District). His district was redrawn because it was deemed racially biased by federal judges. Here's the new congressional map. 

U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va. 4th District). His district was redrawn because it was deemed racially biased by federal judges. Here's the new congressional map

Virginia has one of the worst gerrymandering track records in the country. Incumbent politicians have full control over the drawing of state and congressional districts, and they can -- and have -- carved around their potential opponents. The only thing not allowed is drawing districts that are racially biased

I have skin in this game. In Virginia, we have an organization called OneVirginia2021, a non-partisan group that advocates for an independent commission to draw districts after the 2020 Census. I've spoken on behalf of fair redistricting to my General Assembly legislators, and this evening, I interviewed OneVirginia executive director Brian Cannon for Open Source RVA, a radio news journal at WRIR-LP 97.3 FM. I'm a volunteer DJ and marketing committee member at the station.

If you are interested in gerrymandering and fair redistricting, watch OneVirginia's documentary, GerryRigged, and also John Oliver's recent report on gerrymandering.  And when my interview with Brian is available, I'll link to it here (forward to the 7-minute mark). You can listen to it live on WRIR this Friday at 2 p.m.