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GOP challenge to the Congressional Map

23 February 2018, 04:26 | Colleen Roy

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Republicans held "a 13-5 advantage in an evenly divided state", per the New York Times.

"Our application makes clear that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not have the power to invalidate the constitutional, democratically passed congressional map", the Republican leaders wrote.

Under the new map, Schuylkill County is now part of the 9th District, along with Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, Montour and parts of Berks, Luzerne and Northumberland counties.

"My dedicated staff and I are focused on providing the best possible service to the constituents of our district every day, no matter where its boundaries are drawn".

In January, the Pennsylvania supreme court ordered the state's legislature and governor to agree to a new map and said it would impose its own map if they failed to agree on one by February 15.

Locally, the changes are minimal other than district number: The southwestern portion of Northumberland County - essentially east of the Susquehanna River but not including the Coal Region - will leave neighbors from Montour County and join the 12th District, which includes all of Union and Snyder counties.

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri said he's concerned that a court challenge to the map could result in a later primary election just for the congressional contests.

The plaintiffs are suing two top elections officials under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

The state's highest court unveiled a new map that features a new numbering system, along with reshaping districts into geological areas.

Landau said Democrats in the county had a convention Sunday, but did not put the congressional races on the agenda. Lamb has only said that he would run for a full term in Congress after the special election, but he did not say in which district he would run. The deadline had been February 27. And they're asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the map from going into effect.

Democrats need to win a net of two dozen seats nationwide to gain the majority in the House.

But whatever the outcome, the Supreme Court map points the way to long-term reform of the blindly partisan process that has made Pennsylvania's congressional and state legislative and senatorial districts some of the most heavily gerrymandered among the states.

"I am blessed with an incredible wife and marriage", he said in a statement.

Let us refresh your memories about the 2011 gerrymandered map.

Jodun could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature said Wednesday they would soon ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the imposition of new congressional district maps viewed as likely to give Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House. Until then, he said Schuylkill remains vital to his work.

Rieger said that he has been campaigning for the past six months in the old 3rd District, which included visits with voters in Butler, New Castle, Sharon, Erie and Kittanning. We also hear from Micah Sim, Executive Director of the good government group Common Cause Pennsylvania.

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