gerrymandering

With Supreme Court ruling, the fight over gerrymandering reform moves to the states

BY: - July 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Battles over partisan gerrymandering are poised to shift to the states in the wake of a major U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last week.  The high court dealt a major blow to efforts to combat politicized redistricting when it issued a high-profile 5-4 opinion finding that courts couldn’t settle such disputes.  Now, state-level […]

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SCOTUS Gerrymandering case: Roberts didn’t defend constitutional democracy | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - July 2, 2019

Now that Roberts has removed every judicial restraint, even politicians who would like to do the right thing, will likely give in to the demands of their base. They will have no threat of lawsuits to hide behind.  

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The Supremes made the call on gerrymandering. The fix is up to the voters | Opinion

BY: - June 30, 2019

The Supreme Court has made it clear that the solution does not lie with federal judges.

How SCOTUS’ gerrymandering decision could put Pennsylvania’s own ruling in the spotlight

BY: - June 27, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that federal courts have no role to play in adjudicating accusations that political boundaries were drawn for partisan purposes.  That 5-4 decision will have no impact on Pennsylvania’s congressional map, which was redrawn as the result of a state Supreme Court gerrymandering decision in 2018. The new map […]

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing courts to sit out partisan gerrymandering won’t stifle reform efforts, Pa. activists say

BY: and - June 27, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued two of its most-anticipated rulings of this term, delaying the addition of a citizenship to the 2020 census and declaring that the courts can’t settle partisan gerrymandering disputes. 

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Why the Supreme Court is staying out of many challenges to gerrymandered state maps | Opinion

BY: - June 3, 2019

By Nancy Martorano Miller Partisan gerrymandering is when a congressional or state legislative district map is drawn in a way the severely lessens the ability of one party, the minority party, to compete for seats in an election. The public is more aware of partisan gerrymandering than ever – and less supportive of it. Reform […]

Census 2020: Why some Pa. lawmakers say the state’s inmates should be counted at home, rather than in prison

BY: - May 23, 2019

In the lead up to 2020 census, General Assembly lawmakers have their eyes on a small but potentially important change to state law — counting incarcerated people at their homes, not at the prisons where they're serving their time.

Reformers hope redistricting can open broader conversation on changing Harrisburg

BY: - April 17, 2019

At their peak last year, Fair Districts PA’s neon green button-wearing members had convinced nearly 55 percent of the Pennsylvania House to sponsor a bill to create an independent citizens' redistricting commission.

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Want to fix gerrymandering? Then the Supreme Court needs to listen to mathematicians | Opinion

BY: - April 4, 2019

Supreme Court justices have previously called statistical methods of measuring partisan gerrymandering 'sociological gobbledygook' and 'a bunch of baloney.'

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The U.S. Supreme Court should super-charge state attacks on gerrymandering | Opinion

BY: - March 22, 2019

This is the year to unrig the system to make redistricting fair and equitable to all Pennsylvanians.

Have an opinion about gerrymandering and redistricting? Sound off at these public meetings

BY: - March 20, 2019

It’s not a 67-county tour, but the public will have an opportunity to sound off on how Pennsylvania should draw its political boundaries at meetings across the state. Through an executive order, Gov. Tom Wolf in November created a 15-member commission that will study redistricting and make recommendations to the Legislature. Republican lawmakers were not […]

Redistricting reformers have one more shot at preventing a 2021 gerrymander

BY: - March 7, 2019

The fight to change how Pennsylvania draws its political boundaries is going into overtime.