Regional Premiere of GerryRIGGED, July 15, Little Washington Theatre

What: Regional Premiere of PBS/OneVirginia2021’s documentary GerryRIGGED, followed by discussion with attorney Paul Smith

Hosted by: The Little Washington Theatre

When: Saturday, July 15, 7:30 PM

Where: Little Washington Theatre, 291 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Cost: Free!

Paul Smith is Vice President of Litigation and Strategy with the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), working with CLC’s team of litigators to protect and improve U.S. democracy through innovative litigation strategies. Paul has more than three decades of experience litigating a wide range of cases, including having argued before the Supreme Court to advance civil liberties. Two examples are Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n, which established First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games. Paul has also argued a number of important voting rights cases at the Supreme Court, including Vieth v. Jubelirer, involving partisan gerrymandering, LULAC v. Perry, involving the legality of Texas’s mid-decade redrawing of congressional districts, and Crawford v. Marion County Election Board¸ involving the constitutionality of a voter identification law.  He served as counsel for amici who filed in several key campaign finance merits cases McCutcheon v. FEC (on behalf of Democratic House members), Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett (on behalf of the Committee for Economic Development) and Citizens United v. FEC (on behalf of the Committee for Economic Development). Paul has been honored nationally by a variety of publications and organizations. In addition to his work at CLC, he teaches as a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center.

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Redistricting for Party Gain

Is redistricting done in a way to promote a fair democratic process? Many authorities say “no!” 

Below is an excerpt from a recent Washington Post editorial.

In Virginia, maps are still drawn to protect officeholders…

Everyone (at the public hearing on redictricting) realized that in the real word of Virginia politics-where politcal maps are drawn first and formost to protect incompbents and minimize the chances of genuine two-party electoral competitiona–this could never happen.

Click here for the editorial that appeared in the April 4th issue of the Washington Post.

Click here for a similar April 4th Washington Post article entitled “General Assembly opens redistricting lightning round advancing new House, Senate majority maps.”


Redistricting Possibilities

In it’s analysis of how population changes in Virginia will affect the redistricting process (Virginia Redistricting: Protecting Incumbents Again?), the Rose Institute of State and Local Government lays out several alternatives for expanding and contracting congressional districts. Will Rappahannock County remain in the 7th CD? Will we be absorbed into the 6th Cd to our west, which is currently underpopulated? Or will we be absorbed into the 10th CD to our north, which is currently overpopulated, but which Republicans may try to move westward, away from the Democratic-leaning DC suburbs?