Supreme Court docket gained't block Pennsylvania redistricting, a blow to GOP

Supreme Court docket gained't block Pennsylvania redistricting, a blow to GOP

"We still do not believe that there was a violation of the state Constitution, that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court can direct us to draw a new congressional map, or that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has the authority to draw a new Congressional District Map under the Pennsylvania Constitution or United States Constitution", the two wrote in a joint statement.

Before the redistricting decision, Democrats had zeroed in on six Pennsylvania congressional districts vulnerable this election out of 91 they are targeting nationwide.

A group of voters persuaded all five Democrats on the state's high court that the map violated the state constitution.

To take back the General Assembly, Democrats would need to flip 16 House seats and 11 Senate seats in November.

Some of the arguments have been about whether lawmakers used race too dominantly to draw the lines, weakening the influence of African-American voters who often support Democrats.

After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt by the Pennsylvania GOP to restore the state's "insanely gerrymandered" congressional map on Monday, one Republican decided that the next rational course of action would be to launch an impeachment campaign against the five state justices who deemed the map unconstitutional-a move critics denounced as a "remarkable" attempt to subvert democracy.

"My hope is that when we propose it, that the Supreme Court says it's fine".


"When the Supreme Court oversteps its authority, the only remedy that is left in the checks and balances system is for impeachment", Dush told CNN Tuesday.

Under the Pennsylvania state constitution, according to ThinkProgress, a two-thirds majority is required in the Senate, as well as a majority in the House, in order to remove a statewide official; the state GOP has large majorities in both houses.

The hypocrisy doesn't end there. His office issued a statement saying that his PAC's donations to Mundy were offset by donations from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to the Supreme Court's Democratic justices-who he said was a party in the lawsuit, and thus, another conflict of interest.

The political ramifications of the changes will be consequential indeed as Reuters reporting that "a$3 new map could give Democratic candidates a chance to capture as many as half a dozen Republican seats in Pennsylvania alone..."Cartographers, call your office".

The state Supreme Court said it expects new districts to be in place by February 19, and the new map is expected to be in play for the May 15 congressional primaries. Larry Hogan's efforts to enact a non-partisan process for redrawing congressional and legislative district maps after each census. McDonald continued. "In my experience it is very hard to guess what map will be created". On the other sides, those lines aren't drawn around tidal waters; they're drawn around neighborhoods with Republican registered voters. If Maryland lawmakers had 18 districts to play with instead of eight, we're sure they could have done just as much damage as their neighbors to the north.

The high court's decision came in the form of a partial stay, granted to Republican legislative leaders who had asked the court to block a three-judge panel's order ruling that nine districts drawn by a Stanford University professor at the court's behest replace districts drawn by the legislature itself.

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