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The Pennsylvania GOP is having a very bad 2018

21 March 2018

"The people of Pennsylvania are exhausted of gerrymandering and the new map corrects past mistakes that created unfair Congressional Districts and attempted to diminish the impact of citizens' votes", Gov. Tom Wolf said.

On Monday, Alito, a Republican, who was appointed to the court by President George W. Bush, shot down a request by GOP legislative leaders in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to stay a new congressional map set to take effect for the spring primary and this November's general election. In late January, the state justices ruled the gerrymandered map drawn in 2011 was unduly partisan and denied voters their right to a free and equal election.

House Republican Spokesman Steve Miskin said there have been no discussions on the resolutions, and added, "it is not a decision to be made lightly". The rest of the new district would stretch north into Berks County and the city of Reading. After noting that the federal congressman asserted an injury based on potentially wasted campaign resources, the court found that, "a$3 t bottom, the Federal Congressional Plaintiffs‟ injuries are traceable only to the court‟s decision to invalidate the 2011 Map and its mandate that a new map be adopted - acts that the Plaintiffs concede are "undoubtedly" within the state court's authority".

Republicans would also have a more hard time holding the seats of retiring Reps.

Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate have indicated that they don't feel the issue was given the proper consideration.

Prior to Trump's 1-point win, no Republican had carried the state since President George H.W. Bush in 1988. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon.

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A year later, Stenson was tied for the lead on the back nine until dropping two shots and tying for third. That's his longest such stretch in five years. "I was definitely more nervous today".

The redistricting dispute then returned to Pennsylvania, where the state supreme court adopted a remedial plan. U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle represents much of the region in the new 4th District, but he'd announced he's running in the 2nd District, so there is no incumbent in the 4th District.

The once-every-10-year task, following the national census, meant to delineate compact and contiguous districts of near equal population (ones that don't divide communities of interest, or counties and municipalities "unless absolutely necessary" as stipulated by the Pennsylvania Constitution) belongs in the hands of an independent nonpartisan citizens commission as envisioned by the Fair Districts PA-backed bills introduced in both the state House and Senate.

But in the past, the Supreme Court had written opinions joined by Scalia and Thomas saying the states and their judges, not federal courts, should play the lead role in redrawing election districts.

The current, heavily gerrymandered congressional map was struck down in court, making it likely that Democrats will gain seats in the state this year.

Pennsylvania Republicans argued that the state court ruling violated the U.S. Constitution by stripping the legislature of its power to draw voting maps.

While further court challenges are possible, Monday's decisions make it very likely that this year's congressional elections in Pennsylvania will be conducted using the new map, which will help Democrats.

The Pennsylvania GOP is having a very bad 2018