Wolf’s congressional redistricting listening tour to begin next week | Five for the Weekend
Members of the governor's Redistricting Advisory Council will embark on a statewide listening tour next week.
‘We have an opportunity here’: Pa. Redistricting Commission hears testimony on racial gerrymandering
As part of its continued quest for input, the Pennsylvania Legislative Redistricting Commission heard from four expert witnesses and four citizen witnesses who testified about the importance in addressing such topics as voting dilution, cracking of communities, the packing of legislative districts and disenfranchisement.
In reversal, Pa. redistricting commission votes to count 3,000 more prisoners in their cells
The slight reversal follows a widely celebrated decision by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission in late August to count the majority of prisoners at their previous residences, not in their cell.
‘It’s a Rubik’s Cube’: Pa. grapples with competing redistricting priorities
Some advocates organized a coalition of dozens of academic and civic groups known as Draw the Lines PA, which is led by the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based good government organization, have already released their own map as a starting point.
New poll: Pa. voters are a hard ‘no’ on gerrymandering | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Nearly nine in 10 respondents oppose gerrymandering and seven in 10 say they'd have a serious problem if they're stuck with gerrymandered districts.
My son is incarcerated. Prison gerrymandering silences his voice. It’s time to end it | Opinion
You may not be in the same situation that our family is in, but I would bet you can understand the hurt I feel when I can’t get my child — my family, my world — the help he needs.
Four take-aways from Pennsylvania’s 2020 U.S. Census data
The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released population data relevant to states’ legislative redistricting and reapportionment efforts, days ahead of its Aug. 16 deadline. The data, which will be used to redraw state legislative boundaries and congressional districts, showed where, and what, has changed in Pennsylvania over the last decade. Here are a few noteworthy […]
A map for whom? Advocate says map makers should engage Pa.’s diverse communities | Wednesday Coffee
If you were watching or in attendance at the Legislative Reapportionment Commission's first public comment hearing Tuesday evening, you may have heard Salewa Ogunmefun testify about the need for the commission to seek “meaningful input” from Pennsylvania’s most diverse communities in regard to the legislative redistricting process.
Pa. redistricting is poised to be transparent. Will it be fair? Advocates think yes.
Pennsylvanians will be able to participate in perhaps more than a dozen hearings on their congressional and legislative maps in the coming months, as well as submit their own maps online.
‘Democracy requires full representation’: Group pushes for racially equitable redistricting | Thursday Morning Coffee
'The way to really build transformative power is through collective liberation and partnership,' activist Salewa Ogunmefun said.
Legislative reapportionment panel deadlocks on 5th member; sends decision to Pa. Supreme Court
The panel sent a letter to the high court on Friday afternoon, which now has until May 30 to pick a chairman who can expect to spend a lot of time expect breaking ties among the commission's partisan members.
‘The first of many’: Democratic redistricting group files preemptive lawsuit in Pa. court
(*This story was updated at 5:13 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/27/21 to include comment from House Republicans) A Democratic activist group helmed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has struck an early blow in what’s expected to be a brutal, nationwide legal battle over congressional redistricting, filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania and two other states asking […]