McClinton calls for safeguards against prison gerrymandering in Pa. legislative maps
(*This story was updated at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday 5/26/21 to include comment from House Republicans, and to reflect that G. Reynolds Clark no longer works at the University of Pittsburgh and that Robert Byer did not donate to President Donald Trump.) Potentially upsetting decades of precedent that has aided rural, white Pennsylvanians at the […]
Answering calls for transparency, Senate committee holds first public hearing on redistricting
After the first public hearing on congressional redistricting, Sen. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, said he felt like a student again.
Census data kicks off partisan brawl in statehouses over U.S. House seats
States key to Biden’s victory, such as Pennsylvania and Michigan, are set to lose congressional districts, while Colorado, which also backed Biden, will pick up another seat.
Former Gov.’s son tours Pa. in VW van to raise redistricting awareness
David Thornburgh, president of the Philadelphia good government group Committee of Seventy, will be driving across the state in his freshly painted red, white and blue Volkswagen bus in the coming weeks to encourage people to engage in the once a decade redistricting process.
Four of Pennsylvania’s legislative redistricting commissioners are confirmed. The fifth will decide who wins and loses
The Pennsylvania House and Senate okayed the start of legislative redistricting this week, sparking a six-week-long race to find a tie-breaking voice agreeable to Democrats and Republicans.
Redistricting, explained: What it is, how it works, and how Pa. politicians get to draw their own maps
It’s a year ending in one, so politicians across America are once again busting out their sharpies and spreadsheets to divide up voters in the once-a-decade redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional and legislative boundaries.
CapStar Q+A: Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton on bipartisanship, redistricting
Even if lawmakers are out of town, Harrisburg has stayed busy since the election. The 2020 election has been relitigated, a budget passed, and new leaders picked. Among the new faces set to drive the action is House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia. She was elected as leader of the House Democrats to replace former […]
In first hearing in 3 years, activists agree Pa. redistricting needs a fix. They disagree on how to get there
A standing-room-only session revealed differences over the fine details of a plan to draw non-partisan maps that everyone agrees are fair.
Appointees, not lawmakers, should draw Pennsylvania’s political districts, Wolf-convened panel recommends
Pennsylvania’s state legislative and congressional districts should be drawn by an 11-member commission of gubernatorial and General Assembly appointees — not by lawmakers — come 2021, a panel convened by Gov. Tom Wolf recommended Thursday. The plan was crafted over six months with online and in-person input from more than 1,000 individuals, including those who […]
How Pa.’s Supreme Court moved left, and what it means for the GOP
(*Updated: This story was corrected at 11:50 a.m. to correct the spelling of David Senoff’s name.) It’s been nine years since Pennsylvania Democrats last controlled a chamber of the General Assembly. With Gov. Tom Wolf’s election in 2014, the party regained its grip over the executive branch. In his four years in office, Wolf has […]
Capital-Star Q&A: PA-10 Democratic candidate Tom Brier talks climate change, DePasquale
The 27-year-old from Hershey has never run for office before. So he's going big out of the gate.
How SCOTUS’ gerrymandering decision could put Pennsylvania’s own ruling in the spotlight
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 […]