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Mon Mar 19, 2018, 03:40 PM

Redistricting: GOP in PA just lost both their suits - the district court and SCOTUS

Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Pennsylvania Republican legislative leaders to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state.

It was the second time that the court declined to get involved in the partisan battle that has roiled Pennsylvania politics. The commonwealths highest court earlier this year ruled that a map drawn by the Republicans leaders in 2011 clearly, plainly and palpably violated the Free and Equal Elections Clause of the Pennsylvania constitution.

The U.S. Supreme Court deliberated nearly two weeks before turning down the request to stop the map from being used in this falls elections. Generally the justices stay out of the way when a states highest court is interpreting its own state constitution.

The practical impact is the 2018 elections are likely to be held under a map much more favorable to Democrats, who scored a surprising victory last week in a special election. The 2011 map that has been used this decade has resulted in Republicans consistently winning 13 of the states 18 congressional seats.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-refuses-to-stop-new-congressional-maps-in-pennsylvania/2018/03/19/128d9656-215e-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html


New Pa. congressional district map upheld as U.S. Supreme Court, federal judges reject Republican challenges

HARRISBURG — The new congressional map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be used in the 2018 elections, after courts rejected two challenges Monday.

First, a panel of federal judges Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, saying the Republican lawmakers who brought the challenge did not have standing — “We hold that the federal Elections Clause violations that the Plaintiffs allege are not the Plaintiffs’ to assert” — and that the case is not appropriate for the court to take up at this time.

“In short, the Plaintiffs invite us to opine on the appropriate balance of power between the Commonwealth’s legislature and judiciary in redistricting matters, and then to pass judgment on the propriety of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s actions under the United States Constitution,” they wrote. “These are things that, on the present record, we cannot do.”

Within hours, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from top Republican state lawmakers that the court step in and block the map. With the back-to-back rejections Monday, no legal challenges to the map remained.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/pennsylvania-congressional-map-federal-lawsuit-dismissed-gerrymandering-20180319.html



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Reply Redistricting: GOP in PA just lost both their suits - the district court and SCOTUS (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 OP
underpants Mar 2018 #1
barbtries Mar 2018 #8
bearsfootball516 Mar 2018 #2
BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #4
Me. Mar 2018 #3
David__77 Mar 2018 #5
Va Lefty Mar 2018 #6
FakeNoose Mar 2018 #7

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 03:42 PM

1. I hate Pennsylvania Republicans

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 04:17 PM

8. i'm in NC

no better, no better at all.

actually the only republicans i don't hate are people i love by default, like my brother. i'll always love him even though i can't see or talk to him at this point in time.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 03:44 PM

2. Wisconsin needs to come next.

Wisconsin is grossly gerrymandered.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 03:51 PM

4. In this case, the SCOTUS deferred to the State Supreme Court

and considered it a "state" matter. The Wisconsin and Maryland cases deal directly with the issue of "gerrymandering" and I suppose to help in deciding on some "threshold" for what is considered "gerrymandering". And in PA's case, Democrats' attempts to throw the 2011 GOP map out originally had been rejected by the district court (this past January) because the panel said there was no "threshold" or clear definition for what "gerrymandering" is.

Thus using the state Constitution as an alternate path, it could be argued that the lines were not "compact and contiguous" and that ultimately was what helped in our (Dems) case.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 03:45 PM

3. WONDERFUL

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 03:56 PM

5. Great news!

This definitely helps!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 04:03 PM

6. Awesome! Good news indeed!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 04:08 PM

7. We're all winners

This is a victory for every state that's fighting the pernicious rightwing gerrymandering.
It's not just Pennsylvania. We've all just won!



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