redistricting-reform

We tried drawing our own Pa. congressional maps. Here’s what we came up with

BY: - April 18, 2021

With the Keystone State deep in the throes of the decennial redrawing of its legislative and congressional maps, the staff of the Capital-Star decided to try its hand at this incredibly important exercise in representative democracy.

Pa. House GOP pushes measure to restrict Wolf emergency response, remake judiciary

BY: - January 13, 2021

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House advanced two constitutional amendments Tuesday that would address their long simmering balance of power grievances.

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New electoral districts are coming – an old approach can show if they’re fair | Opinion

BY: - December 11, 2020

In the modern era, advanced math and computer algorithms are regularly used to analyze potential district boundaries, making it easier to spot these unfairnesses, called gerrymandering. But there is a simpler way – and it’s based on a system used early in the country’s history.

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Republicans didn’t just win Legislatures, they won the power to influence elections for years to come| Analysis

BY: - November 27, 2020

State legislatures, which will draw congressional districts that last through 2030, are dominated by the GOP.

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Toomey, Rendell’s call for term limits won’t fix our politics. These two moves will | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 8, 2020

Toomey, Rendell pitch term limits as a cure for our politics. It'll really take structural changes that neither would willingly embrace.

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Our declaration of independence: Pa. wants redistricting reform. Lawmakers have failed to listen | Opinion

BY: - July 2, 2020

We have attempted every lawful avenue of request, petitioning our legislators in every way we know, All have been met with silence.

How the 2020 census could impact Pa.’s redistricting efforts

BY: - January 23, 2020

The answer, redistricting reform advocates say, is in the accuracy of the count.

Census 2020: Pa. is expected to lose a seat in Congress. Here’s why that’s a huge deal

BY: - January 9, 2020

With about 13 million people as of last year, Pennsylvania is the nation’s 5th most populous state. But other states, particularly those in the Sun Belt, are growing faster.

New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills

BY: - December 17, 2019

Most Pennsylvanians favor stricter gun laws, recent polling suggests, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the Legislature.

With redistricting reform in park, advocacy group releases poll showing public support for change

BY: - October 9, 2019

Two-thirds of registered voters (67 percent) back the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district lines.

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How (not) to take the politics out of redistricting | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - September 7, 2019

A Wolf administration's commission returned its recommendations to improve legislative and congressional redistricting. How much has changed?

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SCOTUS gerrymandering decision a reminder that reformers can’t rely on courts to solve their problems | Opinion

BY: - July 26, 2019

Each state is different. Reform seekers in each state will have to pursue their reforms through the legislature or state constitution. There is no relief to be had in a federal court.