BREAKING: Court Rejects VA GOP Request to Stay Redistricting Order; Must Act by 9/1

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    Here is the court order rejecting Virginia Republicans’ request to stay the June 5 order that requires the Virginia General Assembly to draw new congressional maps by September 1, 2015. The General Assembly is now clearly under court order to act by September 1, however much Republicans might not like having fair districts that don’t racially “pack” African Americans (in an effort to dilute their voting power and to protect Republican incumbents like Scott Rigell, Randy Forbes, etc.).

    P.S. A fair map that accurately reflects the “purple” or even “purplish-blue” partisan division of Virginia would probably end up with 5 or 6 Democratic members of Congress (out of 11), not the paltry 3 Democratic members of Congress (Bobby Scott, Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly) we’ve got now thanks to gerrymandering.