Republican lawmakers are left with two options, said Michael Li, a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University: They can draw the map themselves, keeping it bipartisan enough to get Gov.
Wolf’s approval, or risk the court’s drawing a map that is unfavorable to them.
Bob Brady in the First Congressional District, said it was “disgusting” that Brady had “rallied Democrats to support” the 2011 map. He said Republicans showed him two maps and he preferred the one that preserved three districts in Philadelphia.
Brady, the longtime chair of the Democratic City Committee, said it was unfair to suggest he had helped cement a Republican congressional majority. Still, he called the court’s ruling “a real good thing,” and said he was unconcerned it would hurt his chances for reelection: “I got a river behind me. It’ll be fair.” Several justices issued dissenting statements, though the order was entered as a decision of the entire court without spelling out how justices voted. Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy, a Republican, joined him.
Democratic leaders in the Capitol said they hoped to work with their counterparts in coming weeks to redraw the maps. “So we will try and pursue maps to the best of our ability.” Crompton said the GOP would ask the high court to intervene because “no matter how you cut this, this is a federal court issue. “That language was purposeful.” Franita Tolson, a law professor at the University of Southern California, agreed. Supreme Court would accept an argument that the state court was stepping on the toes of the state legislature, similar to an argument made in .
It’s highly likely lawmakers will begin drafting while waiting to hear from the U. “The Republicans have a very difficult task ahead of them if they’re trying to appeal to the [U. “I find myself sitting here trying to figure out what their claim would be.” One long-shot possibility, the expert said, could be to argue that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court runs afoul of the federal Elections Clause, which gives state legislatures the ability to run elections. “I don’t find that persuasive at all,” Tolson said, “but I feel like it’s worth a shot.” Under the Monday order, the legislature has until Feb.
The order came less than a week after the justices in Harrisburg heard arguments on the matter and made it clear they were seriously considering tossing out the maps. “We’re in such a chaotic, turbulent time right now, we have no idea what to tell candidates, or voters for that matter,” said Val Di Giorgio, state Republican chairman.
Republicans have consistently won the same 13 of 18 House seats since it was drawn in 2011, even as votes cast in the state were evenly split between the parties.
Critics often point to the oddly shaped Seventh District outside Philadelphia, which they assert was designed to protect Republican Rep. It has been likened to “Goofy kicking Donald Duck.” Democrats have targeted the district, carried in 2016 by Hillary Clinton, in their effort to regain House control.
Not only does a new fair PA map likely create 4-5 Dem leaning districts, it disrupts constituencies of Rep incumbents, erasing their incumbency advantage and making them more vulnerable in a Dem wave election https://t.co/I21o Vli GHq — Michael Mc Donald (@Elect Project) January 22, 2018 Monday’s ruling also gave candidates fodder to use against their primary election opponents.
Nina Ahmad, a former aide to Mayor Kenney challenging Rep.