Jeff Larson is a reporter at ProPublica. He is a winner of the Livingston Award for the 2011 series Redistricting: How Powerful Interests are Drawing You Out of a Vote. Jeff's public key.
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We answer your questions about our California redistricting story.
To get the districts they wanted, Democrats organized groups that said they represented communities, but really represented the party.
Democrats recognized that they could protect Jerry McNerney from being redistricted out of office by the Citizen's Redistricting Commission.
Redistricting is a hard-knuckled game, in which voters often lose. Here are the colorful, and telling, terms used by insiders.
Fair Districts Mass says it is an independent group seeking better representation for minorities, but it has proposed maps that call its motives into question.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown, an African-American Democrat from Florida, represents one of the most irregularly shaped districts in the nation.
Opaque redistricting groups are being quietly bankrolled by corporations, unions and others. They are working not to help voters in the communities they claim to represent but to improve the prospects of their political allies or to harm their enemies.
ProPublica analyzed new data from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights along with other federal education data to examine whether states provide students equal access.
Information about watermelon handlers, avocado importers and caves are some of the categories of information that have been withheld from federal Freedom of Information Act requesters using sections of laws that are otherwise unrelated to disclosure. There are hundreds of such laws, according to data compiled by the Sunshine in Government Initiative. They fall under number three -- known as b(3) -- of the nine exemptions. Use our database to see how extensively agencies use b(3) exemptions.
When the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released its final report on the causes of the financial crisis, it released an extensive document archive. We've tried to make searching through it a bit easier. Use the form below to search for people, places, or organizations mentioned in the documents.