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PA GOP proposes replacing gerrymandered map…with another gerrymandered map

PA GOP proposes replacing gerrymandered map…with another gerrymandered map

Top Republicans accused the governor of trying to apply standards to the map that were outside of the court's order and opinion and challenged him to produce his own map.

Wolf says the Republicans' latest plan still contains unconstitutionally partisan tactics that favor Republicans.

Out of the millions of new, less-biased district maps that Duchin says Republicans could have come up with, they came up with one that doesn't look like the one that exists now, but reflects nearly the same voting trends. "I can recognize some districts being more competitive than less competitive, but that's as far as I know". And if it comes to the Supreme Court to decide the final revisions, Democrats own a 5-2 majority on that board.

Barring some kind of 11th-hour agreement at the Capitol, the court has declared its intent to impose a new set of Congressional maps by next Monday for use in the primary.

The analysis by Governor Wolf's team confirms the universal analysis of various non-partisan experts that say the Republican leaders' submission is another partisan gerrymander. Moon Duchin, a mathematician hired by Wolf to evaluate the proposed map, reached the same conclusion.

And while Republicans have argued that Pennsylvania has a natural geographic bias toward Republicans because Democrats cluster tightly in urban areas, Duchin's analysis found that the Republican map goes beyond that bias.

The court recently struck down the 2011 GOP-drawn map as an example of partisan gerrymandering.

Her findings are consistent with those of other academics whose work focuses on gerrymandering. "At the end of the day still is in their interests, which makes sense, because they drew this map without any consultation from the Democratic Party", O'Connell said. "Either Congress or no office or I would consider making a decision based on talking with a lot of people if they wanted me to run again for state Senate", he continued, indicating he was going to wait for the results of the new congressional map.

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"A few weeks ago, when we started talking about this, we didn't at all anticipate that it would be on the heels of a Pennsylvania supreme court decision, so we could not have timed that any better", he said.

When you peel back the numbers on that race, you discover about 30 percent of people who lived in the general district were black. State lawmakers in North Carolina have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"If they move forward, you're really spinning Pennsylvania into a constitutional crisis", he said.

Corman, Turzai, and some Republican staffers met briefly with Wolf on Tuesday afternoon.

The new map was presented by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and hadn't been through an up-or-down vote in the Legislature.

"Each map has a different goal: One is created to encourage competitive elections, for example, and another to maximize the number of majority-minority districts".

The petitioners in the case also complained that GOP leaders cooked this up privately instead of involving any Democrats or holding hearings. "... We're not going to do it with this gun to our head".


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