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Why I'm Supporting Senator Deeds for Governor,

Charlottesville Mayor David Brown

This document is a letter from the Mayor of Charlottesville explaining his support for Creigh Deeds' gubernatorial campaign. Although the letter is adressed to "John," the true audience was wider than an individual. Senator Deeds' campaign website…

The ReDistricting Game,

USC Annenburg Foundation

The ReDistricting Game teaches students about the challenges and potential of redistricting, as well as the problem of gerrymandering. The website features five different games: Fundamentals, Partisan Gerrymander, Bipartisan Gerrymander, Voting Rights Act, and Reform. Each game has both a basic and advanced level, as well as links to further information. The game can serve as the foundation for a classroom discussion on gerrymandering in Virginia, or a fun independent learning session for anyone who wants to know more about the difficulties of gerrymandering.

PAC Donations to Jim Gilmore's 2008 Senatorial Campaign,

Federal Election Commission

This Federal Election Commission report of PAC donations to 2008 Senate candidate Jim Gilmore reveal some of the sources for campaign funding. Why did Bank of America PAC contribute to Gilmore's campaign? What is the purpose of the Bluegrass…

Jim Gilmore Senate Campaign Ad,

Jim Gilmore for Senate

In 2008, two former Virginia governors ran for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Mark Warner, the democratic candidate, won the race. In this television ad, Gilmore compares his fiscal record as governor with that of former governor Mark Warner to…

Mark Warner Senate Campaign Ad, 2008,

Mark Warner for Senate

In 2008, two former Virginia governors ran for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Mark Warner, the democratic candidate, won the race. In this television ad, Warner compares his fiscal record as governor with that of former governor Jim Gilmore to…

C-SPAN: The History of the Electoral College,

C-SPAN, Don Ritchie

In this short video, Senate Historian Don Ritchie discusses the history of the electoral college. Today, many people question the usefulness and design of the electoral college system, particularly after the controversy during the 2000 elections.…

C-SPAN: Voter Focus Groups,

C-SPAN, Peter Hart

In this video, Democratic pollster Peter Hart discusses the importance of voter focus groups in understanding an election. As he puts it, to make sense of an election, "You have to understand as…

Gerrymander Jeremiads,

John Goolrick

John Goolrick covered state politics for nearly 30 years. Since then he has worked as an aide to four members of Congress--Rep. French Slaughter, Rep. George Allen, Rep. Herbert Bateman and now Rep. Jo Ann Davis. The opinions expressed in this column…

About the Republican Party of Virginia,

Jeff Frederick, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia

A brief excerpt from the Republican Party of Virginia's website offers a glimpse of how the modern two-party political system works. Written in the context of the…