Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tom Wolf says no to GOP on congressional map. What's next?

Tom Wolf says no to GOP on congressional map. What's next?

J.J. Abbott, a spokesman for Wolf, said the governor's preference would to be strike a last-minute compromise with legislative leaders on a plan to redraw the congressional districts.

The state Supreme Court ruled 5-2 along party lines with Democrats in the majority that the current map of congressional districts is unconstitutional because the court said they were drawn to maintain a Republican majority in the state congressional delegation.

Wolf's announcement came late Tuesday morning, six days before the state Supreme Court's deadline to draw new boundaries for the state's 18 congressional districts.

Governor Wolf has until Thursday to accept the redrawn map.

-Duchin-021318.pdf" target="_blank">non-partisan map analyst who found that "the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Tom Wolf a map that looks less ridiculous than the one the Supreme Court threw out as unconstitutional.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai proposed new boundaries this past weekend - but Wolf says they're almost as biased as those struck down by the court. The two top Republicans defended their map and charged the governor with coming up with a new one that was better.

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While lawmakers followed the Supreme Court mandate to make districts more compact and mindful of municipal and county borders, some say the map does not adequately level the political playing field.

Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by less than 1 percentage point, a key victory in his electoral coalition.

This is very similar to what has happened here in MI since the maps were redrawn in 2010, after the Tea Party "red wave" swept Republicans into power.

What we know for certain is that the maps will be different the next time we head to polls in Pennsylvania.

"We are happy to put this through a legislative process", Corman said.

"The whole foundation is flawed", Carroll said Saturday, adding that State House and Senate Democrats and Republicans need to work together to create the new districts.

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The new map needs to be in place prior to the May 15 primary.

"If they move forward, you're really spinning Pennsylvania into a constitutional crisis", he said. A court-drawn map would nearly certainly result in more Democratic-held seats-potentially as many as two to three more. According to an Inquirer analysis, Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat currently running in the 6 District, would now live in the 7 District, making Republican incumbent Ryan Costello's reelection more likely.

He says it will be the first time the constitution has been changed by the courts instead of a vote by the people.

In the letter Costa and Dermody call for Wolf to reject the map.

"There's a total of 68 townships in Pennsylvania that got split or divided, in a variety of ways, for their US congress person coverage". Clarion County had been split in the last redistricting in 2012 into two congressional districts.

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