Proposed GOP map would affect 3rd, 5th districts

Proposed GOP map would affect 3rd, 5th districts

In making the announcement, Wolf said the re-drawn map, sent to him late Friday by GOP legislative leaders is "a partisan gerrymander that does not comply with the court's order or Pennsylvania's Constitution".

After the plan was released Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement that his office would review the proposal in consultation with experts.

If lawmakers are unable to turn in a map by February 15th, the Supreme Court will appoint a third party to make one. This is achieved not just by drawing oddly shaped districts but by "cracking and packing" - drawing the districts in a way that, depending on the local demographics, either divides Democratic areas up so they are a minority in a district (cracking) or doing the opposite, combining heavily Democratic areas together so they only get one seat instead of two (packing).

"Montgomery County - a big dog, a wealthy, important county in Pennsylvania - has been gerrymandered, split, cracked, all the verbiage you can think of, and we're not getting the representation we need", he said. They would join all of Lehigh and Northampton counties to round out the 15th District.

"This serves no legal goal, was not a requirement of the court and voters will have months and many means to obtain information on candidates and the districts before voting", the governor wrote.

Morroney's motion received no second and died without a vote, although Sperring assured Kennedy "we will take it under consideration".

The state Senate's Republican majority leader, Jake Corman, also warned Tuesday that the state Supreme Court will create a constitutional crisis if it imposes new boundaries.

The Associated Press puts a bow on it this way: Members of Congress, dozens of first-time candidates and millions of registered voters may find themselves living in a new district, a month before the deadline to file paperwork to run in congressional primaries.

Asked which districts might see the biggest changes in competitiveness, he named the Fifteenth and Seventh, now held by Republicans Charlie Dent and Pat Meehan, neither of whom is running for reelection.

Which district a voter lives in determines which candidates they can vote for.

Wolf says he based his decision after conferring with a team which included Professor Moon DUchin and Princeton University professor Sam Wang.

Republicans seem to be all talk when they say they stand for state's rights and small government.

Duchin's analysis compared the Republican map with millions of computer-drawn ones that did not take partisanship into account.

But the 16th District would no longer include parts of southern and central Chester County, including East Marlborough Township, home of Joe Pitts, the district's previous representative.

Wolf's announcement was applauded by Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, who said they already are working on plans to present in case it is left to the court to select a map.

"A few weeks ago, when we started talking about this, we didn't at all anticipate that it would be on the heels of a Pennsylvania supreme court decision, so we could not have timed that any better", he said.

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