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Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts

Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts

But the clock is ticking, the pressure is building and there are plenty of questions about how it might all go sideways.

"We have no guidance from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court". He said a more even map would require another form of gerrymandering by carving up Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming County.

"Apparently no one in Pennsylvania knows how to do this", Corman said.

Republicans have been resisting the court's order tooth-and-nail.

The string of lawless actions by these Pennsylvania Republican legislators is a telling reminder of why courts matter, and why courts must act to check abuse of power, particularly when our democracy is at stake. Bob Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia; Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican from Delaware County; Bill Shuster, a Republican from Bedford County; Lou Barletta, a Republican from Luzerne County; and Charlie Dent, a Republican from Lehigh County. Overall, the AP analysis found Republicans won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats over what would have been expected based on the average congressional vote share across the country. In addition, five of Pennsylvania's other incumbent members of Congress have announced they are not seeking re-election this year. And while the Supreme Court did not completely throw out Persily's districts, it stayed a federal court from implementing them in Wake and Mecklenburg County, apparently acceding to the GOP's claim that this is a state issue.

Top Republicans also took aim at some justices on the state court, saying some were too biased to make an impartial decision.

Ellis said that Democrats stand to gain seats because the current political climate suggests Republicans may be facing political backlash after a tumultuous first year of the Trump presidency. It said a new map should have districts that are compact, contiguous and of as equal population as possible, without splitting county, municipal and ward boundaries except when necessary to balance population.

As time runs out, it could be almost impossible to present a new map to Gov. Tom Wolf by the February 9 deadline.

If he does, the court order indicates that the maps can be used in the May 15 primary.

That threat has lawmakers livid.

"This arbitrary deadline that the Supreme Court has passed is unconstitutional", Dush said during the meeting. "It's disappointing that the judges have chosen to legislate from the bench".

"We want our senator and representatives to comply with the court order", said O'Neill.




"The Supreme Court is setting new ground", he said.

"With regard to individuals living in "packed" Democratic districts under the Plan, the weight of their votes has been "substantially diluted, ' and their votes have no 'impact on election outcomes, ' the court wrote, summarizing the plaintiffs" argument".

"It could be argued that it's unconstitutional, forcing this timetable on them", Gedid said.

A special master was appointed by the court when the General Assembly's redrawn maps failed to correct problems in some districts.

"...the Court's remedy threatens the separation of powers by failing to allow our sister branches sufficient time to legislate a new congressional districting map, potentially impinges upon the due process rights of the parties at bar as well as other interested parties, and foments unnecessary confusion in the current election cycle", wrote Baer.

"It's a mess", he said.

"Whether he agrees with the ruling or not, they gave him an ultimatum to do it", said Gray.

The court's initial decision was three pages long. Joe Scarnati's office to protest his response to Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

But it's also extremely unlikely that those decisions will be handed down in time to stop this move to redo the congressional maps for the 2018 elections, he said.

The recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on redistricting is a victory for all Pennsylvanians. The Legislature should already have known that. "That, to me, is unconscionable".

The Republican leaders cited Wecht's comments during his successful 2015 campaign that "gerrymandering is an absolute abomination", it is "antithetical to the concept of one person, one vote", and that the Republican domination of congressional races in the state can't be explained "without partisan gerrymandering".


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