PA redistricting legal drama grows in the absence of full PA Supreme Court opinion, stay decision

PA redistricting legal drama grows in the absence of full PA Supreme Court opinion, stay decision

With just a week until the deadline for the General Assembly to submit a new congressional map to Gov. Tom Wolf as laid out in a January 22, 2018, Pennsylvania Supreme Court order, the legal drama surrounding the case and resultant appeals grew Friday as Republican leaders who are defendants in the case filed legal documents with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court requesting Justice David Wecht recuse himself from the case and his participation in the case invalidated due to prior-expressed bias against partisan gerrymandering.

Friday, February 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf tours state for voters' thoughts ahead of February redistricting deadline

Wolf tours state for voters' thoughts ahead of February redistricting deadline

As Harrisburg dusts off its cartography skills, Governor Tom Wolf attended his third panel in three days Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh to hear Pennsylvania voters’ thoughts on what the state’s new congressional map should look like. 

“I’m trying to understand what the people of Pennsylvania say is a fair map,” Wolf said. “We can bring all the experts together, but in the end it comes down to what values we have as citizens.” 
Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
PA Supreme Court to find itself short on ordered redistricting data

PA Supreme Court to find itself short on ordered redistricting data

Based upon letters sent to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court submitted in advance of the Wednesday deadline they set out for the transmittal of information on redistricting and expert testimony, the court is likely to find itself short of the requested information.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

As the Pennsylvania Senate continues to advance a vehicle bill to house potential new congressional lines coming from the General Assembly, the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday unanimously approved a fiscal note to Senate Bill 1034 that pegs the potential costs associated with redrawing the congressional map as high as $1.28 million.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

The Senate State Government Committee on Monday unanimously advanced a vehicle bill for any redistricting plan that may or may not be agreed to in the coming days.

 

The positioning of the bill on Monday was said to be important due to the tight timeline given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the order they issued just a week ago giving the General Assembly until February 9, 2018, to get to the governor a new map based on the criteria used for the drawing of state legislative districts, in order to prevent the court from using a newly-appointed special master to draw a court-approved map based on non-partisan criteria.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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