Gov. Wolf says he will not accept GOP-submitted map, calls it another “partisan gerrymander”

Gov. Wolf says he will not accept GOP-submitted map, calls it another “partisan gerrymander”

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday morning issued his response to the map sent to him by Republican leaders in the state General Assembly last week, telling the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that he will not accept the map since, based on his and his expert’s review, the map is another “partisan gerrymander that does not comply with the court’s order or the Pennsylvania Constitution.”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Wolf addresses GOP congressional map as Pittsburgh leaves Act 47 oversight

Wolf addresses GOP congressional map as Pittsburgh leaves Act 47 oversight

With a signature, a shuffle of papers, and a handshake, Pittsburgh’s time in Act 47 financial oversight came to an end Monday morning. 

Meanwhile, taking his own questions after the ceremony, Wolf, in his first public appearance since Republican legislative leaders sent him their court-ordered replacement congressional map, only reiterated his hope for a “fair map.” 

Monday, February 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

In the largest in a series of blows to legislative Republican leaders seeking to halt the need to draw a new congressional map prior to a Friday deadline set out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday denied the legislators’ request for a stay in the state supreme court order.

 

While the denial by Justice Alito gives the legislative leaders an ability to appeal to the entire US Supreme Court for a stay, that does contrast with the now five-day deadline the legislature faces to get a new constitutional map to Gov. Tom Wolf before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would step in to draw one.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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
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