Tag: gerrymandering

Press Release: Better Utah statement on Prop 4 bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, S.B. 200, Redistricting Amendments, passed the House with only four nay votes. Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “We always appreciate bipartisan collaboration on the Hill, and we are grateful for the efforts of

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Lawmakers try to alter voter-approved redistricting reforms

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. Read it in its entirety here. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the census approaching, lawmakers in some states are attempting to alter recent voter-approved measures that were intended to reduce partisan gamesmanship when drawing new voting districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures. In Missouri and

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Press Release: Alliance for a Better Utah statement on Prop 4 compromise

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, lawmakers and Better Boundaries came to a compromise on the Prop 4 replacement bill. Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “A majority of Utahns passed Proposition 4 to prevent gerrymandering in our state. With

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Better Utah in the News

Deal reached between lawmakers, Better Boundaries on redistricting

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — A deal has been struck between lawmakers and backers of a voter-approved citizens initiative creating an independent redistricting commission to recommend new legislative, congressional and State School Board boundaries following the census every decade. “We have a deal in principle,” said Rebecca Chavez-Houck, a former Democratic state representative

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Chase Thomas: Court leaves Utah vulnerable to new rounds of gerrymandering

This commentary originally appeared at sltrib.com. Read it in its entirety here. After years of waiting for something to be done, we have learned that the U.S. Supreme Court did not have the wherewithal to address one of the most glaring and damaging aspects of our representative democracy: gerrymandering. Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision that

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to SCOTUS gerrymandering decision

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled along partisan lines that Federal Courts cannot make decisions on partisan gerrymandering. In the opinion for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts stated that partisan gerrymandering is a political question outside the authority of the

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Press Release: The People Have Spoken

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, final votes from the remaining counties in Utah were certified, making official the successes of Propositions 2, 3, and 4. Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Today is an excellent day for the

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Salt Lake City and Rural Utah Have the Same Problem

A few weeks ago, the ABU Education Fund released a report addressing the negative impacts of gerrymandering on rural Utah. You probably have not read it, because that report was 20 pages long and full of information that only policy weirdos like us care about. With a fresh coat of tape on our glasses, we

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Press Release: ABU EDUCATION FUND RELEASES RURAL REDISTRICTING REPORT

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2018 ABU EDUCATION FUND RELEASES RURAL REDISTRICTING REPORT “Fair Redistricting: A Better Deal for Rural Utah” Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the ABU Education Fund released a report focused on the impacts of gerrymandering on rural Utah. The report, titled “Fair Redistricting: A Better Deal for Rural

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