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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:28 PM

Pennsylvania court set to redraw voting maps after governor veto

Source: Reuters




FEBRUARY 13, 2018 / 11:53 AM / UPDATED 18 MINUTES AGO

Joseph Ax

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania’s top court was set to lay out new congressional voting districts for the state after Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a version drawn by Republican legislative leaders as unfairly skewed in their party’s favor.

In a 5-2 party-line vote, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Democratic majority last month invalidated the existing map as an unconstitutional gerrymander, ruling that Republican lawmakers marginalized Democratic voters to win more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A new map is expected to boost Democrats’ chances of winning several Pennsylvania seats in November’s midterm elections, when they need 24 nationwide to take control of the House from Republicans. Republicans hold 13 of 18 congressional seats in the closely contested swing state.

Legal battles are playing out in several U.S. states over partisan gerrymandering, the process by which district lines are manipulated to favor one party over another. Pennsylvania has long been seen as one of the worst offenders, with one of its more oddly shaped districts nicknamed “Goofy Kicking Donald Duck.”




Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-pennsylvania/pennsylvania-court-set-to-redraw-voting-maps-after-governor-veto-idUSKCN1FX2BM

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Reply Pennsylvania court set to redraw voting maps after governor veto (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 2018 OP
Freedomofspeech Feb 2018 #1
bearsfootball516 Feb 2018 #2
bluestarone Feb 2018 #6
WiseElder Feb 2018 #3
BigmanPigman Feb 2018 #4
Kingofalldems Feb 2018 #5
meow2u3 Feb 2018 #7

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:49 PM

1. Thank goodness...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:01 PM

2. Good. Let an impartial 3rd party draw the map.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 07:09 PM

6. that would be the fair way for sure!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:04 PM

3. Lot more states to follow

The fact that the Supreme Court would not take the case makes it hopeful they will use the case before them to end this BS in every state.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:20 PM

4. GOOD, their last version was as bad as the original one.

The courts should stop wasting time with these GOP crooks and draw the new map with a ruler and a grid for them.
This was their "new and improved version"...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/02/11/pennsylvania-republicans-have-drawn-a-new-congressional-map-that-is-just-as-gerrymandered-as-the-old-one/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:26 PM

5. Repubs tried to re-cheat.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 07:55 PM

7. Republican extremists got in office because of gerrymandering

No wonder they're so sore--they'll soon be out of power.

GOP partisan gerrymandering playbook, a.k.a., How to Cheat

If RW extremists can't win by the existing rules, they first change the rules so they can't lose. If they get caught cheating by fair judges, they threaten or try to change the judges even if they're elected by the people, and try to replace them with hand-picked hacks in robes.

And they call us criminals?!

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