Trend – Redistricting

Pennsylvania’s new legislative maps OK-ed by state Supreme Court

BY: - March 16, 2022

The 4-page order found that the new lines, approved in a bipartisan 4-1 vote last month, are constitutional.

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Pa.’s new legislative maps are better, but not good enough | Opinion

BY: - March 9, 2022

By Mike Walsh Last month, the Legislative Reapportionment Committee (LRC) released final district maps for the state Senate and House. They’re now the subject of litigation. The new maps are a big improvement over the maps from 2012, which were gerrymandered to help the GOP. Unfortunately, the new maps have several significant flaws, and they […]

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 […]

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 […]

Protesters disrupt Pa. House leader’s speech, demand lawmakers pass a gift ban

BY: - February 28, 2022

In wide-ranging remarks, the No. 2 Republican in the state House took on topics ranging from redistricting reform to whether the House will pass a broad rewrite of Pa. election law.

Pa. court rejects GOP request to use old legislative lines in midterm; more challenges pending

BY: - February 25, 2022

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied a preemptive request from Pennsylvania House Republicans seeking to block new legislative lines this year, and instead use the state’s current map in the upcoming midterm election. The one-page, unsigned order is not the end of the legal debate on new boundaries for the state’s 253 House and Senate […]

New congressional map makes Swiss cheese of Swissvale, complicating Pittsburgh primary

BY: - February 24, 2022

The architect of the split defended it, saying it was necessary to avoid a court challenge.

Pa. Supreme Court court picks national Dems’ map as new congressional plan

BY: - February 23, 2022

(*This breaking story was updated at 12 p.m. with additional information on the plaintiffs, federal legal challenge, nd the justices, at 12:25 p.m. with additional information on the map, and 1:12 p.m. with comment from House Republicans and attorney Adam Bonin and 1:25 p.m. with Gov. Tom Wolf.) Pennsylvania’s highest court has picked a map […]

How Pa. residents are trying to bring racial equity to a fraught redistricting | Analysis

BY: - February 20, 2022

To the surprise of no one, the decennial redistricting cycle occurring this year has led to claims of gerrymandering and political gamesmanship from both sides of the aisle.

State Supreme Court arguments in Pa.’s congressional redistricting case begin today. Here’s what to know

BY: - February 18, 2022

The state’s highest court stepped in to direct the redistricting process after a deadlock between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who vetoed a map the Republican-controlled Legislature sent to his desk.

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'

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Pennsylvania’s Congressional redistricting process has failed again | Opinion

BY: - February 16, 2022

But there’s hope for reform if our state Supreme Court is willing to try something new.