Census 2020 Data Has Arrived. Monkey-business poised to begin!
August 26, 2021
Redistricting, map-drawing, and gerrymandering today? Census 2020 data finally arrived…very late, but earlier than expected. In a raw format, the data is being reconfigured to use in map-drawing software. The 35-member N.C. General Assembly’s joint House/Senate Redistricting Committee has been holding meetings and making plans for the process they intend to follow and the criteria […]
People Powered Fair Maps Day of Action
April 8, 2021
As 2021 moves quickly ahead, the time gets closer for the North Carolina General Assembly to exercise its mandate to draw new election district maps for U.S. House of Representatives, and N.C. Senate and House. As well, it’s time for that nasty, orange creature – GerryMander – to emerge from his 10-year hiatus and create […]
The New Decade Begins
January 6, 2021
Yikes! 2021 is upon us! For those with a passion for authentic democracy – one in which We the Voters are supposed to pick our representatives – this is an anxious time. Why so? The 2020 Census results are nearly complete, and the 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives will soon be divvied […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
How gerrymandering impacts us!
September 29, 2017
Gerrymander. Curious word, isn’t it? Could mean about anything, I suppose. But if you care about our precious democracy you should know that it’s cheating – by political parties. Rigging elections by drawing election district maps so those same parties can pick their voters. In so doing, they thwart competition by making it nearly impossible […]
Introducing you to Flush GerryMander
June 12, 2017
It was in 7th grade – a class called Social Studies – when I was first introduced to ‘gerrymandering’. A whimsical, silly word perhaps, but a truly evil practice.