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Pa.’s new congressional map is reflective of the commonwealth’s voters, justices argued

BY: - March 9, 2022

All seven Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices made clear their thoughts on redistricting Wednesday, as in a rare move, each released their own individual opinion outlining where they fell on the recently enacted congressional map. The court, in a February order, picked the so-called “Carter Map,” named for a group of voters represented by Democratic attorney […]

Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law has its day in Supreme Court

BY: - March 8, 2022

Roles were reversed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, as attorneys argued over the fate of the state’s three-year-old mail-in voting law, with lawyers for Gov. Tom Wolf arguing to protect legislative power, and lawyers for 14 dissident lawmakers arguing to undo a law that 11 of them had voted to approve. The law, […]

SCOTUS denies emergency injunction, kicks Pa. congressional map challenge back to lower court

BY: - March 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an emergency request from a group of Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to block the commonwealth’s new congressional map. The one-page order issued Monday evening, instead keeps the case, whose plaintiffs include two GOP congressional hopefuls, in front of a panel of three U.S. district judges. The order did not note […]

Harrisburg School Board director Carrie Fowler collects signatures for nomination petitions at Harrisburg's Broad Street Market in March. Seven candidates petitioned to challenge five incumbents, all Democrats, in the May 21 primary. Photo source: Citizens to elect Jayne Buchwach to School Board.

County party committee members can start collecting signatures, Pa. high court rules

BY: - March 2, 2022

These officials will have until March 15 to get their signatures, aligning with congressional and statewide candidates, the high court said.

GOP appeals to SCOTUS to overturn new Pa. congressional map

BY: - February 28, 2022

A group of Pennsylvania voters, including two Republican congressional candidates, are asking for the U.S. Supreme Court to override the state Supreme Court’s choice for the commonwealth’s new congressional map.  Ending months of uncertainty, justices picked a map last week submitted by a national group aligned with the Democratic Party, and represented by Democratic attorney […]

Pa. courts system says it intends to ‘fully comply’ with ADA, following DOJ letter detailing violations

BY: - February 25, 2022

The DOJ letter followed a federal investigation that was sparked by three legal complaints - two in Jefferson County and one in Northumberland County - where complainants alleged that the courts required them to stop taking treatment medication for Opioid Use Disorder in order to graduate from drug court programs.

Pa. House Republicans ask court to toss proposed legislative maps, reuse current lines in 2022

BY: - February 17, 2022

In a Thursday filing,, House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, called for the maps of 203 state House seats and 50 Senate districts to be  redrawn 'without race as a predominant factor'

Ballot access on the docket as courts consider what’s next for Pennsylvania’s maps

BY: - February 16, 2022

'“Our candidates are ready to hit the ground running,' Democratic consultant Marty Santalucia told the Capital-Star. 'We’re waiting for the starting pistol.'

Latino advocate promises lawsuit against new Pa. legislative maps

BY: - February 10, 2022

Victor Martinez, a Lehigh Valley radio station owner who has been a vocal critic of the maps, told the Capital-Star that he was setting up a meeting of other like-minded community members to talk over how — not if — to file a lawsuit.

GOP lawmakers celebrate Act 77 ruling, though what’s next is unclear

BY: - February 9, 2022

The order, which struck down mail-in ballots, has already been appealed, and further legislative action is on hold.

Pa. judge suggests Supreme Court adopt GOP lawmakers’ congressional map

BY: - February 7, 2022

The map is 'functionally tantamount to the voice and will of the People,' Commonwealth Court Patricia McCullough wrote.

Justice Department finds Pa. courts in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

BY: - February 7, 2022

The DOJ found that several Pa. county courts ban medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder in drug, mental health and DUI court, as well as during probation and parole.