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  • Where to Draw the Line?

    02/26/2018 10:51:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | February 26, 2018 | Ken Blackwell
    Democrats believe in democracy. As long as elections return Democratic majorities. Today the Democratic Party is going to court to avoid losing legislative districts. If only purely objective, independent judges draw the lines, all will be well. The Democrats’ concern for fairness is oddly convenient. While they controlled the government, they were happy to leave redistricting to state legislators. But over the last quarter century Republicans have done most of the winning and today control two-thirds of state legislative bodies. Now Democrats oppose letting the people’s elected representatives set election rules. Every ten years election lines must be adjusted to...
  • Shannon Edwards, linked to resignation of Rep. Tim Murphy, is running for Congress

    02/22/2018 10:02:58 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    Tribune Review (Suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | 22 Feb 2018 | Natasha Lindstrom
    Shannon Edwards — the forensic psychologist whose reported extramarital affair with former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy contributed to his resignation — announced Wednesday that she is making a bid for Congress. Edwards, a Republican in her early 30s from Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood, said that if elected, she pledges to be "an active, diligent" voice in Washington who will "fight the tough battles no one else chooses." Among her platform priorities: improving access to mental health treatment, reforming the criminal justice system and strengthening high school and post-secondary educational institutions. Under a court-imposed map being challenged by Republicans, Edwards could run...
  • Toomey Opens Debate About Impeaching State Supreme Court Justices After Redistricting Decision

    02/21/2018 1:11:01 PM PST · by Kay Ludlow · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/21/18 | Cortney O'Brien
    Is impeachment an option for Pennsylvania state supreme court justices after their decision to redraw the state's congressional map? It at least deserves a "conversation," Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) suggested Wednesday.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new election map

    02/19/2018 12:48:33 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 155 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 February 2018 | AP
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in federal court. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered. The map was approved in a 4-3 decision. Most significantly, the new map likely gives Democrats a better shot at winning seats in Philadelphia's heavily populated and...
  • Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf rejects GOP's redrawn Congressional maps; may choose to submit his own plan..

    02/13/2018 5:56:01 PM PST · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    PennLive ^ | February 13, 2018
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has rejected a Congressional map proposal submitted to him Friday by the state's top Republican legislative leaders. Wolf said by his team's analysis, the GOP proposal does not meet his standards for fairness. "The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander," the governor said in a statement. "Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional."
  • GOP leaders unveil revamped Pennsylvania congressional map

    02/11/2018 11:38:31 AM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    GazetteExtra ^ | February 10, 2018
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Friday produced a new proposed map of the state's congressional districts, three weeks after the state Supreme Court declared the former map unconstitutional. The proposal drafted by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati would make widespread changes, eliminating dozens of municipal and county divisions while keeping nearly 70 percent of residents in their old districts. They forwarded the map and other materials to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who has until Thursday to tell the justices if he supports it. If not, the court has...
  • Eric Holder says he’s considering a run for the White House

    02/07/2018 1:57:39 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 117 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 7, 2018 | Mark Moore
    Eric Holder, former President Barack Obama’s attorney general, confirmed Wednesday that he’s considering throwing his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race. “We’ll see,” he said during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington, DC. He was asked if he’s mulling a run for the White House because he’s learning how to raise funds and giving political speeches. “I think I’ll make a decision by the end of the year about whether or not there is another chapter in my government service,” he replied. Holder, who served as attorney general from 2009 to 2015, has...
  • Court allows Pennsylvania to redraw GOP-favored district map

    02/05/2018 3:43:02 PM PST · by oxcart · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 02/05/18 | MARK SCOLFORO and MARK SHERMAN
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts in Pennsylvania proceed, raising Democratic hopes that a revamped map might yield them several more seats this fall. Justice Samuel Alito, who handles emergency appeals from Pennsylvania, rejected the request from GOP legislative leaders and voters to put on hold an order from the state Supreme Court intended to produce new congressional districts in the coming two weeks. The Pennsylvania high court ruled last month that the current map of 18 districts violates the state constitution because it unfairly benefits Republicans.
  • Think California politics is on the far-left fringe? Just wait for the next elections.

    02/05/2018 6:08:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2018 | Scott Wilson
    For those who think California politics is on the far-left fringe of the national spectrum, stand by. The next election season, already well underway here, will showcase a younger generation of Democrats that is more liberal and personally invested in standing up to President Trump’s Washington than those leaving office. Here in the self-labeled “state of resistance,” the political debate is being pushed further left without any sign of a Republican renaissance to serve as a check on spending and social policy ambitions. Even some Republicans are concerned about the departure of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who proved to be...
  • California city to experiment with 'universal basic income'

    02/05/2018 5:59:23 AM PST · by Cheerio · 62 replies
    WND ^ | 2/4/18 | WND
    Residents to get $500 a month, no questions asked, as starting point The mayor of Stockton, California, is leading an experiment with “universal basic income,” which is set to start by giving low-income residents $500 a month, no questions asked. Mayor Michael Tubbs calls his city “ground zero” for issues like wage stagnation, rising housing prices and loss of middle-class jobs that affect the nation. The Central Valley city went bankrupt in 2012, and for decades it has been trying to diversify its agriculture-based economy. “I feel that as mayor it’s my responsibility to do all I could to begin...
  • Pennsylvania Republicans appeal to Supreme Court over gerrymandering ruling

    01/25/2018 4:08:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2018
    GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a state court’s decision that found Pennsylvania’s congressional map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Lawyers for Republican state legislative leaders argued in a court filing Thursday that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated a clause that allows state legislatures to handle congressional redistricting, The Associated Press reported. The filing asks the Supreme Court to put a hold on the lower court's ruling while it considers Republicans' argument, according to the AP. The state court ruled earlier this week that Pennsylvania’s congressional map was gerrymandered to the point that it was unconstitutional....
  • Court: Pennsylvania's congressional map is illegal and must be redrawn

    01/22/2018 11:35:12 AM PST · by napscoordinator · 100 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | 22 January 2018 | Steve Esack
    Pennsylvania's Republican-leaning congressional map is illegal and must be redrawn, according to a 4-3 ruling by the Democratic-leaning state Supreme Court. The 3-page ruling was released this afternoon. The order says the state’s 2011 map “plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” The ruling directs the GOP-controlled Legislature to redraw the map and submit it to Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, by Feb. 9 and the court for approval by Feb. 15. If lawmakers or the governor miss those deadlines, the court would draw its own map “based on the evidentiary record developed.” Gerrymandering foes urged...
  • Obama-Backed Group Appears at Democracy Alliance Donor Strategy Summit

    03/25/2017 8:01:06 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 14 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 25, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Former president working with Eric Holder to focus on redistricting efforts A group backed by former President Barack Obama participated at a D.C. gathering of deep-pocketed progressive donors strategizing to "restore progressive government" and to ensure fair redistricting in upcoming years. The gathering, hosted by the dark money Democracy Alliance network, is part of the network's spring investment conference and national donor summit held in D.C to plot resistance against President Trump and Republicans. The summit consists of numerous panels and discussions with key Democratic groups and players. Kelly Ward, the executive director of the Obama-linked National Democratic Redistricting Committee...
  • Resistance Leader Sneak Attack ALERT

    10/23/2017 12:16:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/23/17 | Judi McLeod
    Warning to state-by-state redistricting officials: the anti-democracy enemy is already on the way to replace you. Resistance Leader Sneak Attack ALERT The anti-American ex-president, who will continue to antagonize and haunt Americans during his natural lifetime and will NEVER go away; his hand-picked protégé who lost last November’s election but acts as though she’s the current president anyway, have managed to insert themselves into the underpinnings of the entire electoral process. Self-crowned ‘Resistance Leader’ Barack Hussein Obama has discovered a workable loophole to take the Democrat Party out of exile back into power.
  • The significance of the Supreme Court case on extreme partisan gerrymandering

    10/10/2017 2:54:49 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/10/17 | Rep. Rod Blum
    It is a privilege to live in a country where someone like myself, raised by parents with 10th grade educations, can live the American dream. I am a small businessman, a coach, a father, a husband -- not a career politician. I ran for office because I believe in the American dream -- the faith that education, initiative, and hard work can earn anyone a better life in this country -- is a dream worth defending. I was raised to believe that in America, the greatest country on Earth, each of us has a voice in our government. This is...
  • Gerrymandering, a Tradition as Old as the Republic, Faces a Reckoning

    09/29/2017 1:20:37 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    MSN /Wall Street Journal ^ | September 29, 2017
    ....In 2010, a nationwide Republican wave swept the GOP into the Wisconsin governor’s mansion and legislature, giving the party the power to redraw the state’s electoral map for the first time in half a century. The result transformed Mr. Mason’s political life. The new District 62 separated him from most of his old constituents in Racine, Wis., and swept in rural and conservative precincts from elsewhere. He was stuck in a red district with just a comma-shaped sliver of blue. .............. Republicans engineered similar moves across Wisconsin, erecting a firewall that helped protect the GOP’s majority of 60 seats in...
  • To Limit Gerrymandering, Supreme Court Needs Just to Reaffirm Equal Population Requirement

    09/29/2017 5:19:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | September 29, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin's legislative district lines as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. It's attracted attention because many high-minded commentators have blamed partisan gerrymandering for today's highly polarized politics -- and for the fact that Republicans have won majorities in 67 of the 98 houses of state legislatures and in 10 of the past 12 elections in the U.S. House of Representatives. But as I and others have argued, gerrymandering has contributed only marginally to Republican success. More important is demographic clustering. Democratic voters are heavily clustered in...
  • How Obama and Holder are STILL trying to rig the game

    09/04/2017 3:15:07 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Sept 2, 2017 | Nate Madden
    Democrat politicians — including former President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder — and liberal judges are working to rig the election system to put their cronies in power forever. In the United States, our Constitution leaves it up to we the people to decide how we draw our election maps. And — like so many other things written into that power-separating, government-limiting Constitution of ours — voices on the Left hate that fact with a burning passion. But now, there’s a multi-pronged effort by leftists to secure a permanent Dem majority under the guise of creating “fairer” districts...
  • Weekly Update: Benghazi Court Victory

    08/12/2017 10:59:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 11, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Victory: Court Orders State to Search Benghazi Emails of Clinton Advisors Judicial Watch / Allied Educational Foundation Stand for Rule of Law on Gerrymandering Judicial Watch Goes to Supreme Court to Protect Clean Elections Judicial Watch Victory: Court Orders State to Search Benghazi Emails of Clinton Advisors Your Judicial Watch had a major court victory this week in our effort to get accountability in the Obama/Clinton Benghazi scandal. This week, D.C. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta ordered the State Department “to search the e-mail accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jacob Sullivan,” former aides...
  • Supreme Court Case Could Have Huge Impact on Who Wins Future Elections

    07/02/2017 10:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 23, 2017 | David S. Cohen
    What do you think is the most important issue in American politics today? Criminal justice reform? Health care? Global climate change? Immigration? Gay rights? Economic justice? ISIS? Creeping totalitarianism? All of those things (and more!) are incredibly important, but they may all be secondary to something else: gerrymandering. And earlier this week, the Supreme Court announced that it was going to decide a case that could potentially reform the practice entirely. For those not familiar with the term, gerrymandering is the process by which state legislators draw voting district boundaries, for both congressional and state legislature districts. That sounds pretty...