Gov. Wolf Rejects Republicans' Proposed Electoral Map, Calling It Partisan

Gov. Wolf Rejects Republicans' Proposed Electoral Map, Calling It Partisan

Joe Scarnati, who has seized the crown as king hypocrite with his defiance of the ruling by our state Supreme Court to comply with the redistricting of Pennsylvania's notoriously gerrymandered congressional districts.

They offered the proposed map to comply with a state Supreme Court order that declared the current election map, drawn in 2011 by Republican lawmakers, approved by a Republican governor and used since 2012, was illegally gerrymandered to give Republican congressional candidates an unfair advantage at the polls.

The move comes less than a month after the state Supreme Court ruled that the 2011 maps were unconstitutionally slanted to protect the interests of Republican candidates and unfairly diluted the rights of Democratic voters.

Eichelberger said it would be "unconstitutional" for the Supreme Court to draw a map of the congressional districts.

The governor's office said he's willing to work with lawmakers to submit a consensus map by Monday's deadline set by the high court to impose new boundaries for Pennsylvania's 18 districts.

If Wolf does not OK of a new map by the end of the day Thursday, the court will hear from both parties and then adopt its own redistricting plan.

Democratic leaders sent a letter to the Governor on Friday saying the map was not the product of bipartisan work, and are asking Governor Wolf to reject it.

On Friday night, leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature delivered to Wolf a proposal for him to consider forwarding to the court with his approval.

Turzai and Scarnati responded to Wolf with their own harshly-worded letter Tuesday afternoon and said his "pronouncements are absurd".

"If you ask me the R and D split of that map, I have no idea what it was", top Senate Republican lawyer Drew Crompton said.

Wang stated "a prettier map can still hide ill intent" and "it appears that Republicans are not dealing in good faith with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's order. It's time for the governor to produce a map and we will put it up for a vote".

"Quit being coy", Turzai and Scarnati wrote in the letter provided to reporters. "Duchin-021318.pdf">analysis [summary, PDF] by a team of experts led by Professor Moon Duchin [academic profile], Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University.

The court's five Democrats voted to strike down the current map but two Republican judges opposed the decision.

The court struck down the district boundaries January 22, siding with registered Democratic voters who sued last June. "Only the 2011 plan that is now in effect started from a more severe partisan skew and stood out more in this test", she added. At a minimum, the court said, the map needed to be compact and contiguous, maintain roughly equal populations in each district and not unnecessarily split communities. The new maps have to be accepted by the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, who is a Democrat.

"The order of the court does not reference competitiveness".

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