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US Supreme Court Dismisses Attempt To Block New Pa. Congressional Map

US Supreme Court Dismisses Attempt To Block New Pa. Congressional Map

"As far as we can tell on this record, the Elections Clause claims asserted in the verified complaint belong, if they belong to anyone, only to the Pennsylvania General Assembly".

The May 15 primary election is quickly approaching.

Despite the state's demonstrated Democratic lean (President Donald Trump was the first Republican to carry the state at the presidential level since George H.W. Bush in 1988), the map usually advantaged the GOP.

In January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a new House map drawn, citing gerrymandered districts that favored Republicans.

Your Congressional district will change: A look at the Pa. "But frustration, even frustration emanating from arduous time constraints placed on the legislative process, does not accord the Plaintiffs a right to relief".

The Pennsylvania redistricting case is over. All were appointed by Republican presidents and confirmed with bipartisan Senate support. The court also noted that "because fundamental principles of Constitutional standing and judicial restraint prohibit us from exercising jurisdiction, we have no authority to take any action other than to dismiss" the request.

Today's Supreme Court Ruling was a victory for Pennsylvania voters who will now be able to cast ballots for congressional candidates in districts not unconstitutionally manipulated to make them uncompetitive. Instead, the GOP won 13 out of 18 elections, which would normally require 72% of the vote.

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The state Supreme Court, in a 4-3 split, set one deadline for the legislature to submit a new map for consideration and another deadline for Democratic Gov. Wolf to review it. They wanted the new map put on hold while they pursued an appeal to the nation's highest court.

The decision by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania leaves in place a congressional map issued by the state Supreme Court in February. It has always been our belief that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court acted in the best interest of the citizens of our commonwealth.

At a hearing earlier this month in Harrisburg, the judges hearing the District Court case grilled attorneys as they tried to determine whether intervening to block the new map would sow more chaos.

In a brief urging the United States Supreme Court not to intercede, lawyers for Mr. Wolf wrote that there were practical reasons to let the state court's rulings stand.

In his 2005 essay 'When Judges Carve Democracies, ' Persily called maps drawn up by courts a "last resort" and an "emergency measur [e]".

The Supreme Court announced, "the application for stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied". That appeal could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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