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Fighting gerrymandering in PA (Original Post) DeminPennswoods Feb 2017 OP
Exactly! In all the states Hillary lost by razor-thin margins LisaM Feb 2017 #1
Thanks - really glad to know about this FakeNoose Feb 2017 #2
There's lots of good stuff at the website DeminPennswoods Feb 2017 #3
Went to the meeting in Harrisburg last night! bronxiteforever Feb 2017 #4
Fair District PA presentation 3/12 in Pgh DeminPennswoods Mar 2017 #5
+1 Thanks FakeNoose Mar 2017 #6
Front page, above the fold, Sat Pgh Post-Gazette DeminPennswoods Mar 2017 #7
Update on redistricting DeminPennswoods Jun 2017 #8
League of Women Voters just filed a lawsuit DeminPennswoods Jun 2017 #9
Speaker event 7/31 @ Beaver (PA) Memorial Library DeminPennswoods Jul 2017 #10
Update: PA Senate schedules hearing on SB22 DeminPennswoods Mar 2018 #11


(27,594 posts)
1. Exactly! In all the states Hillary lost by razor-thin margins
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 04:44 PM
Feb 2017

gerrymandering was a big issue. (Among other things, it can affect how many and location of polling places). I keep arguing that we did have the better message, but voter suppression tactics and other shenanigans rig the system.

That led me to learning about the political process, which led to learning about gerrymandering, and that led to experts telling me, "Pick your issue, until we fix gerrymandering we're not fixing anything."


(31,418 posts)
2. Thanks - really glad to know about this
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 04:46 PM
Feb 2017

I'm in Pittsburgh, but this info is still helpful.
Pennsylvania has to become more voter-friendly, and this is a good start.


(15,190 posts)
3. There's lots of good stuff at the website
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 04:57 PM
Feb 2017

You can request someone from the organization to speak to your group. Seems like that might be right up the alley of Indivisible and other groups.


(9,270 posts)
4. Went to the meeting in Harrisburg last night!
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 06:40 PM
Feb 2017

Great to see a post on the movement. Pa GOP has a death lock on the houses due to gerrymander. They love the free market but Lordy do they hate competition for their right wing views.


(15,190 posts)
5. Fair District PA presentation 3/12 in Pgh
Wed Mar 8, 2017, 04:56 AM
Mar 2017

Details from link at qv4goodness facebook page:

Location: Kearns Spirituality Center

Western Region


On Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. the Pittsburgh North People for Peace will host an educational event on Gerrymandering in PA, the Problem and a Solution. Suzanne Broughton, a speaker for Fair Districts PA, will conduct the program at the:

Kearns Spirituality Center
A Ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence
9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh 15237 (Town of McCandless)
(next to La Roche College)

The objective of Fair Districts PA is to educate voters as to the detrimental effects of the current partisan process for drawing Pennsylvania legislative and congressional districts and how we can advocate for the establishment of an independent redistricting commission.

For more information:
Email: pghnpeopleforpeace@gmail.com
Phone: 412-760-9390

Link to Map

Contact: Pittsburgh North People for Peace
Email: pghnpeopleforpeace-at-gmail.com
Phone: 412-760-9390


(15,190 posts)
8. Update on redistricting
Sat Jun 10, 2017, 06:27 PM
Jun 2017

There are now 2 companion bills in the state legislature to create a non-partisan, independent redistricting commission.

HB 722 (state house) currently has 93 (of 203) co-sponsors. They can be found here:

SB 22 (state senate) currently has 13 (of 50) co-sponsors. They can be found here:

If your state rep or state senator isn't one of the co-sponsors, give them a call and let them know they should support the appropriate bill.

These bills must be passed no later than July 1, 2018 in order to be introduced and passed a second time in order to make the ballot as a referendum/ballot question before the 2020 Census re-districting.


(15,190 posts)
9. League of Women Voters just filed a lawsuit
Sat Jun 17, 2017, 01:03 AM
Jun 2017

to have the state courts throw out the current congressional map. They didn't file before now because they wanted a couple of election cycles to prove their claim of extreme political gerrymandering.

Interestingly a CMU prof ran a program that randomly swapped census tracts and each time created more competitive districts, showing that the districts were knowingly designed to produce wins for one party each and every time regardless.



(15,190 posts)
10. Speaker event 7/31 @ Beaver (PA) Memorial Library
Sat Jul 8, 2017, 03:32 PM
Jul 2017

If you're interested and in the area, the Beaver County chapter of FAIRDISTRICTSPA is holding an informational meeting on gerrymandering. Craig Hammond of Fair Districts PA will speak about gerrymandering and how it dilutes your/our vote(s).

The meeting will be held at the Beaver, Pa, Memorial Library, 100 College Ave, Beaver, Pa 15009. Date and time are Monday, July 31 at 6PM.



(15,190 posts)
11. Update: PA Senate schedules hearing on SB22
Mon Mar 5, 2018, 06:58 AM
Mar 2018

The state senate has scheduled a hearing this week on SB 22, the FairdistrictsPA-supported bill to create a non-partisan citizens committee for redistricting.

The state house version of the bill is still stuck in Daryl Metcalfe's committee, but there is a rule similar to the US House's discharge petition where if over half the state house members vote agree, the bill can be taken out of committee and be voted on. Currently the bill, HB 722, has 109 co-sponsors which is over half the state reps needed (102 of 203).

Both bills need to be passed into law by the end of this legislative session in order to be on the ballot in time for the 2020 redistricting.

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