Call to Action
October 27, 2020
As I write this, there are but 7 days remaining until Election Day 2020. Across our land, voters are swarming to Early Voting sites. Vote-by-Mail ballots are setting records right and left. [When the presidential candidate debate began on Thursday evening, more the 70 million Americans had voted.] It is likely this fall will deliver […]
Your Voting Plan … and the 2020 census
September 17, 2020
Perhaps you’re not following it, but the crucial Census 2020 is still counting heads due to the pandemic-induced chaos. Early this year, delivery of the count was delayed until April 2021 to accommodate the resulting challenges. Alas, President Trump reversed that extension, and demanded numbers by the original deadline of December 31, 2020. The result? […]
The Terrible Truth of GerryMandering
August 11, 2020
Last evening, I finished reading Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont. It’s more nightmare than bedtime story. Midway through the book, the author in a lonely and anxious mood says, “I knew I had uncovered a terrible truth. I knew it was dangerously real. It had been successfully buried […]
Turmoil Abounds Everywhere!
June 30, 2020
The word for the times seems to be turmoil! Everywhere one looks! Corona virus-induced illness and death. Awkwardness of masks and social distancing … and the irrational partisanship that has accompanied both. The loneliness of “shelter in place.” Shutdown of all things normal. Massive unemployment. Bankruptcies in progress and on the near horizon. School closures. […]
It’s Getting Ready to Happen Again!
April 23, 2020
It’s getting ready to happen again! Soon! A new season of gerrymandering is on the way! When the ink dries on the 2020 Census, political parties – as they have for 2 centuries – will sneak into smoky back rooms in undisclosed locations to pick their voters for the following decade. Yup! You read that […]
Primary elections, promising news from Virginia, and Election Protection
March 10, 2020
Primary elections were held in North Carolina last week, part of Super Tuesday. A long ballot with lots of positions to be decided upon by the voters on November 3rd. At least that’s the theory. As it has been for centuries, most seats have already been won – 9 months before we arrive at the […]
Democracy, and new HUGE GerryMander. (Psst! He’s awesome … but he’s got to go!)
February 11, 2020
I speak frequently in my role as spokesman for Flush GerryMander, always beginning with a discussion of DEMOCRACY. Few would find fault with definitions that include “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people” and “people elect representatives to form a governing body such as a congress.” The operative phrases in […]
Relief … and Chicanery!
December 5, 2019
You might think GerryMander would take a break from rigging our elections during the holidays. But not so. He and our heroine Maeve are facing off once again. Take a look: There it is. No shame on GerryMander’s part – nor by political parties while they continue to steal the value of our votes. So […]
GerryMander at the Climate Strike; update on partisan gerrymandering lawsuit
October 21, 2019
"#Gerrymandering is blocking action on climate change, as well as a whole bunch of other issues, things that matter," said Harry Taylor. "Gerrymandering has got to go!" Join the fight for #fairMaps: https://t.co/JsLlfAo1Jx #EndGerrymandering #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/hsqH2yGbAO — Gerry Mander (@flushgerry) October 7, 2019 “GerryMander’s got to go! GerryMander’s got to go!” So went the raucous […]
Momentous Court Win in NC Gerrymandering Case
September 10, 2019
Last month, we hoped that the NC court system might deliver some relief for our democracy from the scourge of gerrymandering. On Tuesday, September 3, a three-judge North Carolina panel ruled that state House and Senate district maps are unlawful under the state constitution. Those maps, drawn in 2017, replaced 2011 maps which were also […]
More Mass Shootings and Another Gerrymandering Court Case
August 13, 2019
Four more mass shootings over the past week: El Paso, Dayton, Chicago, and Gilroy, California. At least 34 dead and 50 injured. Incomprehensible and heartbreaking! It doesn’t stop! And those in position to do something about it, won’t! Most North Carolinians – and most Americans – find this tsunami of murder repugnant and senseless. Most […]
Supreme Court kicks gerrymander can down the road – with We the People inside
July 9, 2019
In March we closely watched the U.S. Supreme Court arguments in the Common Cause/League of Women Voters v. Rucho case. On June 27, the Court announced their decision. If you care about democracy, value your vote, believe the U.S. is a land of, for, and by the people, the justices let us down! Hard! See […]
What’s cooking today on gerrymandering and fair redistricting
May 21, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, saw Common Cause North Carolina hosting the People’s Lobby Day to END GERRYMANDERING. Lots of patter over fair maps in the public realm, but the North Carolina legislative leadership hasn’t even bothered to ignite the stove. No surprise there. The same trend repeats across many other states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, et. al.) […]
So, what happened at the Supreme Court?
April 2, 2019
The March 27 Charlotte Observer article – “Supreme Court appears split in NC gerrymandering case” – reported on two partisan gerrymander cases, one from North Carolina and another from Maryland, argued before the justices on Tuesday. … and you won’t be surprised to know that GerryMander isn’t pleased. The discussion was about the status of his job, so […]
A Supreme Court rescue?
January 22, 2019
On January 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases on gerrymandering – Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek – that potentially could set a national precedent on how to draw fair maps for congressional candidates, and do it in time for the redistricting after completion of the 2020 census. Both cases […]
The Empty Debate Podium
October 18, 2018
Can’t you just feel Maeve’s frustration? As a voter, she wants to make informed choices about candidates, and believes she’s entitled to watch them faceoff against each other. But far too often – especially in gerrymandered districts – incumbent candidates don’t bother to show up. Since their district is rigged and they are practically guaranteed […]
Vote for John
August 7, 2018
So…young Maeve and that rascal Gerry Mander are at it again…debating the rigging of elections by drawing maps that protect political power and leave democracy in tatters. As usual, headstrong Gerry believes he’s won. But after a well-deserved thwack on the head, he’s again “flushed” out of the scene. Sadly, he’ll be back…unless We the […]
June 28, 2018
Well, now. It’s been quite a month at the U.S. Supreme Court and the the North Carolina General Assembly. For the most part, a steady stream of dreadful court decisions and non-decisions. That prior to Justice Kennedy’s sudden retirement announcement. In Raleigh, a wealth of ill-intentioned legislation, together with fall ballot measures designed to suppress […]
The Flush GerryMander campaign launches in NC
June 14, 2018
Thanks to everyone who joined us Wednesday in Charlotte for the launch event of our Flush GerryMander campaign, featuring a live performance by Gerry Mander himself! Get involved in the fight for fair voting maps or make a donation to support our work. There’s much more to come from the Flush GerryMander campaign!
Meet Gerry Mander – live and in person!
June 5, 2018
We’re excited to invite you to the official launch event of our Flush Gerry Mander project! Please join us on Wednesday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Charlotte at Morrison Regional Library (7015 Morrison Blvd.) and meet Gerry Mander in person. The event will include a press conference and performance with Gerry Mander himself. We’ll also […]
Students take the lead in the movement for change
May 3, 2018
Since the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February, there has been an upwelling of activity and conversation coming directly from students. Much ado has been made of walkouts, the March For Our Lives, and various memorial events.
Gerrymandering Court Decisions Flooding News Media
January 29, 2018
Between January 10 and January 23, the Charlotte Observer published eight separate articles – two being editorials – about gerrymandering in North Carolina, including the anticipated rigging of judicial districts. This unrelenting news and commentary concerns unconstitutional election districts created by the NC General Assembly. North Carolina isn’t alone in recent news. Pennsylvania has been […]
Panel of Judges Has Struck Down North Carolina’s U.S. Congressional Election Districts Maps as Unconstitutional
January 23, 2018
Lots of buzz last week regarding gerrymandering. A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina’s U.S. Congressional election districts maps as unconstitutional. (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article193814154.html) This was another in a long string of lawsuits challenging unfair election maps. With such maps in hand, political parties “pick their voters” in lieu of We the People picking our […]
Anemic Primary Election Turnout and Voter Choice
October 26, 2017
Did you vote in the most recent primary election? No? Sadly, you’re not in the minority. Here is something to think about… The general tenor of our society today of rampant polarization, impatience, meanness, and selfishness reflects the character of far too many individuals in political power. Your absence abets that condition every time you stay […]
Who are all those people?
October 24, 2017
Did you realize that Gerry is rigging elections for political candidates? We are not choosing them, they are forcing us to choose what they want. Does that sound like Democracy to you? It doesn’t to us & it is time we Flush GerryMandering!