With new map, Wolf says Republicans did it again

With new map, Wolf says Republicans did it again

In fact, the chance was no more than 1 in 1,000 that a map meant to comply with a state Supreme Court order to rewrite congressional districts would turn out the way the new Republican one did, she determined.

Democrats are calling for Gov. Tom Wolf to reject the newly drawn map of congressional districts that Republican legislative leaders produced last week.

The governor must decide by Thursday whether to endorse the new congressional district outline and notify the State Supreme Court of his decision.

The justices ordered the Republican-controlled legislature to create and Wolf, a Democrat, to sign off on a new map by mid-February or the court would take over the project.

"The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander", he continued.

House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, both Republicans, drafted the proposal sent to Wolf.

But Crompton said the map-drawers did not take partisanship into consideration.

The first principle in drawing a map should be keeping counties intact as much as possible.

The new map and its drawers have disrespectfully interpreted the Supreme Court orders and are essentially giving a giant middle finger to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and to democracy.

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Not only that, but the map would move several of the strongest Democratic candidates into different districts.

Congressman Charlie Dent says he believes that will be the case. "If you take these incumbants that are now representing districts in Pennsylvania, put them in new districts that are drawn in a different way, they'll still have the advantage", O'Connell said.

For example, Pottstown, which votes Democratic in most elections, is divided into two districts in the state's House of Representatives with part in the 26th District represented by state Rep. Tim Hennessey, a Republican.

"Also looking at the new map was a redistricting expert at the University of Florida, Brian Amos, who says ".There was still a strong Republican bias, which is why the congressional and State Senate plans were struck down for being gerrymanders".

A spokesman for state House Democrats said their analysis of the GOP proposal indicates Republican President Donald Trump would have collected more votes in 13 of 18 districts, one more than he actually did win. Unsurprisingly, they're equally gerrymandered for partisan purposes, precisely what the state court ruled was unconstitutional.

When asked if the proposed map is more equitable for voters in Pennsylvania, Carroll said, "The current map leaves so much to be desired that any other map would be improvement". However, some local leaders are unhappy that Reading would be in a separate district from most of Berks County in the new map. He had previously indicated that if he did not approve the GOP plan, he might submit one of his own to the courts.

They would join all of Lehigh and Northampton counties to round out the 15th District.

"There is not any standard in what the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said or anywhere in federal government, in any court ever, that says competitiveness is a standard", he said.

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