Democrat-favoring redistricting likely to be challenged

Feb 23, 2018, 04:23
Democrat-favoring redistricting likely to be challenged

Editor's note: This story was updated on February 2o at 9:50 a.m. ET with an image of the state Supreme Court's map.

The court ruled this year that the congressional map drawn by Republican legislators in 2011 was a partisan gerrymander that "clearly, plainly, and palpably" violated the state constitution, and the justices ordered the state's legislature and governor to draw a new map. One of the justices actually campaigned on invalidating the Pennsylvania congressional map before being elected to the bench.

Obviously there are some turns and pivots - zoom in on the boundary between the 9th and 12th districts around Paxinos, for example - which are inevitable in any version of a map not built around county borders.

Justices described their map in their 48-page decision as "superior" to other proposals filed for their consideration.

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Goldring also apologised for his comment about "murdering babies in cots" that he made while defending the organisation.

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright said Tuesday that he has mixed feelings about the changes in Pennsylvania's congressional districts that means he will no longer represent Schuylkill County.

The court's decision comes after a monthlong standoff. Their appeal is a longshot, but if they succeed, it could help Republicans hold the House of Representatives in 2018.

Whatever the US Supreme Court decides will be closely watched by the whole country, as the court's new map gives Democrats a shot at as many as four new seats in Congress-a change with the potential to tip the balance of power in Washington.

A compromise map never happened. Maps had been drawn and submitted, but none passed muster with Gov. Tom Wolf, who then submitted his own for consideration. Democrats have about 800,000 more registered voters and a recent winning record in statewide elections, although Republicans hold wide majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. "The Court's maps embrace the neutral criteria of compactness, contiguity, communities of interest and minimal county and municipal splits, which is good for Pennsylvania".

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The men who cleaned, in the meantime, did not experience greater decline in the exhale tests than those who did not clean. In fact, the decline in lung function capacity among cleaners was found to be comparable to smoking nearly 20 pack-years.

The various parties to the case approached the redistricting process differently.

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Those were results that the challengers to the 2011 plan had partly relied on in claiming it was an invalid "partisan gerrymander" in violation of the state constitution's guarantee of "free and equal" elections. He has previously assisted judges in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland in redistricting cases. Several analyses showed the court's map will make elections more competitive and give Democrats a better chance of winning seats in districts now held by the Republicans.

The Butler County Republican put quotation marks around the word "students" and called them hypocrites who were too young to talk to lawmakers about civilian gun control.

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It's hard to feel bad for the Republicans, who drew a bad-faith map in 2011 and eventually got their comeuppance for doing so.

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