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Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:03 PM

Pennsylvania House Republicans Gut Gerrymandering Reform to Ensure Permanent Control of Pennsylvania



Today, any meaningful gerrymandering reform coming out of the Pennsylvania House has died and our democracy may have gone with it. If House Republicans decide to go forward with the language they just added to House Bill 722, it will ensure Republicans permanent control of the Pennsylvania legislature for decades to come.

House Bill 722 aimed to change Pennsylvania’s constitution by creating an independent citizen-led gerrymandering commission. That language was stripped from the original bill and replaced with a legislative driven gerrymandering commission that would give Republicans a 4-2 majority when it comes to redrawing the maps in 2022. The amendment will allow one member from the 4 legislative caucuses and then allow the House and the Senate to elect one more member. The new language would also remove the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s say in the issue and hand any gerrymandering cases to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. The bill, however, was not voted out of committee but if Republicans were to go forward with this power grab, it would take them at least one more year to do so.

https://ragingchickenpress.org/2018/04/11/pennsylvania-house-republicans-gut-gerrymandering-reform-ensure-permanent-control-pennsylvania-legislature/

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Reply Pennsylvania House Republicans Gut Gerrymandering Reform to Ensure Permanent Control of Pennsylvania (Original post)
bronxiteforever Apr 2018 OP
Tiggeroshii Apr 2018 #1
bronxiteforever Apr 2018 #3
Tiggeroshii Apr 2018 #7
AJT Apr 2018 #8
Tiggeroshii Apr 2018 #9
bronxiteforever Apr 2018 #11
Tiggeroshii Apr 2018 #12
bronxiteforever Apr 2018 #14
Iliyah Apr 2018 #2
bronxiteforever Apr 2018 #5
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #4
Thekaspervote Apr 2018 #6
bronxiteforever Apr 2018 #10
Freddie Apr 2018 #13
Amaryllis Apr 2018 #15
DeminPennswoods Apr 2018 #16

Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:05 PM

1. This doesn't change the current predicament though, right?

They can't change the map that has been slated for use in this election?

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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:12 PM

3. Not 2018. But they will steal the rest.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:44 PM

7. Hard to see them keeping enough seats

To be able to do that. Fingers crossed though.... we never know.

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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:45 PM

8. What if dems take over in the next election cycle (2018)?

I believe they have to use the court mandated map. So if the dems take over I bet the rotten GOP will change their minds about changing how the maps are done.

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Response to AJT (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:47 PM

9. Right. Also any bill the GOP passes is assuming they have

The votes to overrule a veto.

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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 05:37 PM

11. Republicans have held the state senate for all but one year since 1992.

Republicans have held the state House for 18 of the past 25 years.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 05:46 PM

12. Wow!

The governor is definitely a safeguard against their bufoonery.

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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 06:17 PM

14. For now we have Gov Wolf for which I am very grateful!

The problem has been GOP trifecta. Republicans have held two trifectas since 1992 for a total of 12 years! 12 years where they had everything. Pa state GOP have ruled the roost for too long. I hope we start kicking them out this year.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:07 PM

2. What are they going to do when the Republican voters

vote for someone else?

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:21 PM

5. Find another way to cheat and steal.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:14 PM

4. Why is this not a war on our democracy?

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 04:40 PM

6. They would still have to amend their state constitution.. not that easy

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 05:01 PM

10. It will run in an off year so there wont be many voters. 2019.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 06:08 PM

13. When it's our turn

**and it will be*** we draw the map blue! To hell with fairness.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 08:42 PM

15. Doesnt PA have paperles voting machines? THey did for a long time but I dont know about now.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2018, 01:13 AM

16. This is solely Metcalfe

He sat on HB 722 since it was introduced and never gave it a hearing. He was forced into doing something because the state senate just held a hearing on SB22, the same bill. Local reporting says the Metcalfe amendment has not moved out of committee.

AFAIK, there's a house rule where 102 (half+1 of 203) votes can move a bill to the floor and HB 722 had more than that many co-sponsors. I'm not sure where this goes next, but maybe they'll try that tactic.

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