SCOTUS does not Block Order to Redraw Pennsylvania Lines

SCOTUS does not Block Order to Redraw Pennsylvania Lines

Michael Li, a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, said Republicans are "not going down easily, which sort of shows you how much is at stake for them, right?"

A spokesman for the United State Supreme Court has said that Justice Samuel Alito has denied Pennsylvania legislative leaders' request for a stay of a state court's 11th-hour Congressional redistricting order. If legislators fail to deliver on time, the court has indicated that it will redraw the districts itself. If they failed to meet that deadline, the court would redraw the map. "Now, all parties must focus on getting a fair map in place".

The districts of Meehan and Costello are particularly glaring examples of misshapen maps created through partisan gerrymandering, Democrats say.

Still, past Supreme Court rulings against the way state legislatures used racial demographics or apportioned population among districts led lawmakers to draw less egregious maps in subsequent years.

There are 18 congressional seats in Pennsylvania, 13 of which are held by Republicans.

Jones and his firm represented the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and several Democratic voters in the case. "The district depicted in the cartoon was created by MA legislature to favor the incumbent Democratic-Republican party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists in 1812".

Democrats need at least two dozen pick-ups nationally in November's election to retake control of the U.S. House, and a Pennsylvania map that is less favorable to Republicans could provide some of those.

The Democratic-controlled court's order gave the Republican-controlled Legislature until February 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf until February 15 to submit it to the court.

State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman conceded the 2011 maps were drawn with politics partly in mind but argued that's perfectly valid.

Wecht and fellow Democrats on the court threw out the Republican-crafted congressional map last month, and on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined a request to put the matter on hold.

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"Obviously the Legislature is a political body". Now, he said, they would go back through their contributors to find politicians' personal PACs. If you look at maps in IL, you look at maps in Maryland, I think you'll see maps that have interesting lines as well, that favor [Democrats].

One of the key questions that a Justice or the full Court must consider in deciding whether to delay a lower court ruling is whether there is a reasonably good chance that, when a formal appeal arrives, it will be granted review.

The Court of Appeals v. Feldman held that federal district courts do not have the jurisdiction to hear challenges to certain state-court decisions.

The supreme court is now weighing whether redistricting can be so partisan that it violates the U.S. constitution, in cases from Maryland and Wisconsin.

The decision is a significant victory for opponents of gerrymandering, who have also taken the fight to Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

"We will do our best to comply with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's January 22nd order, but may be compelled to pursue further legal action in federal court", they wrote.

Numerous caucuses in the legislature have been working individually to draft maps they could present to others. The court ordered new maps to be drawn in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

Wolf, like many Democrats, has long decried the 2011 lines as overly partisan.

An opinion had not been released by midday Monday, four days before the deadline for lawmakers to pass a new map. "My biggest concern is unfairness", he told NPR.

"I mean look, I think generally when the US Supreme Court speaks, that tends to be the end of it", he said.

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