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Mon Mar 19, 2018, 03:27 PM Mar 2018

Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania [View all]

Source: Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Pennsylvania Republican legislative leaders to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state.

It was the second time that the court declined to get involved in the partisan battle that has roiled Pennsylvania politics. The commonwealths highest court earlier this year ruled that a map drawn by the Republicans leaders in 2011 clearly, plainly and palpably violated the Free and Equal Elections Clause of the Pennsylvania constitution.

The U.S. Supreme Court deliberated nearly two weeks before turning down the request to stop the map from being used in this falls elections. Generally the justices stay out of the way when a states highest court is interpreting its own state constitution.

The practical impact is the 2018 elections are likely to be held under a map much more favorable to Democrats, who scored a surprising victory last week in a special election. The 2011 map that has been used this decade has resulted in Republicans consistently winning 13 of the states 18 congressional seats.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-refuses-to-stop-new-congressional-maps-in-pennsylvania/2018/03/19/128d9656-215e-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html

Edit to add this was the 2nd ruling today. A separate GOP case was just thrown out by a 3-judge panel of federal judges too.
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Best news all day. marylandblue Mar 2018 #1
And it was unanimous SCantiGOP Mar 2018 #25
We don't know that. sl8 Mar 2018 #44
True, but SCantiGOP Mar 2018 #53
Yep! Maybe the Philly suburbs stand a fair chance now. BigmanPigman Mar 2018 #43
Bet Gorsuch and Alito are pissed!! lark Mar 2018 #2
I hope those two are sitting somewhere stewing about it IronLionZion Mar 2018 #7
Alito threw out the first challenge in February. Fred Sanders Mar 2018 #11
That's funny. SergeStorms Mar 2018 #45
Breaking: Supreme Court, With No Noted Dissent, Refuses to Intervene in Pa Redistricting Case... DonViejo Mar 2018 #20
I saw that after I made my post, sorry. lark Mar 2018 #31
You don't have to apologize! I'm as surprised as you one of the wingnut Supremes didn't try and DonViejo Mar 2018 #34
Also on Alito rpannier Mar 2018 #35
Thank you all for your analyses and opinions. While IANAL (but am somewhat anal) erronis Mar 2018 #63
Excellent! SunSeeker Mar 2018 #3
Is there another ruling they can be smacked with? durablend Mar 2018 #4
Nah, they're done. This was their last best hope. BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #12
Nope. bearsfootball516 Mar 2018 #15
Yes!!!! Freddie Mar 2018 #5
Yes PLEASE BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #13
Excellent! cyndensco Mar 2018 #6
This is excellent! herding cats Mar 2018 #8
The repubs will probably appeal this to Putin. old guy Mar 2018 #9
Only thing we have going for us BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #14
"But Mommy!" MyOwnPeace Mar 2018 #33
K&R sheshe2 Mar 2018 #10
Thank G-D for the judiciary branch! Mad_Mongol Mar 2018 #16
In related news.... Adrahil Mar 2018 #17
Twitters election experts are saying Dems could gain 3-6+ seats from PA alone in a blue tsunami. LonePirate Mar 2018 #18
I think a min of 2 BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #19
"It's NOT FAIR that our unfair congressional map louis-t Mar 2018 #21
This is a win for everyone, not just Pennsylvania FakeNoose Mar 2018 #32
Supreme Court, With No Noted Dissent, Refuses to Intervene in Pa Redistricting Case Gothmog Mar 2018 #22
Finally - it's settled. Whew! This PA-er is doing cartwheels. Marie Marie Mar 2018 #23
Don't hurt yourself BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #26
I should have added - in my head. Never could do one of those for real. Marie Marie Mar 2018 #27
Just make sure when you do that BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #29
Oh, hell!!!!! MyOwnPeace Mar 2018 #38
!!!! BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #39
Don't need anymore cheating Angry Dragon Mar 2018 #24
Alright!!!!!!!!! Butterflylady Mar 2018 #28
Did Sherrod Brown True Blue American Mar 2018 #50
The now "old" 18th was on the PA/WV border BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #52
Thanks. True Blue American Mar 2018 #55
Yay!!!!!!! Woo hooooooo!!!!!!! Honeycombe8 Mar 2018 #30
This increases the odds of us taking back the House Dopers_Greed Mar 2018 #36
Great news! meow2u3 Mar 2018 #37
If you do be sure and let us know! True Blue American Mar 2018 #49
So now, more than ever................. MyOwnPeace Mar 2018 #40
What might help with turnout here in PA BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #42
This is victory for democracy! Equinox Moon Mar 2018 #41
About time there is some justice for PA voters. riversedge Mar 2018 #46
FINALLY GREAT NEWS!!! bluestarone Mar 2018 #47
States Rights True Blue American Mar 2018 #48
The GOP admits defeat Gothmog Mar 2018 #51
Turzai: "by adding new requirements for drawing congressional districts". BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #54
He does not have True Blue American Mar 2018 #56
I can still smile at this admission of defeat Gothmog Mar 2018 #57
Turdguy is madder than a hornet Orange Free State Mar 2018 #58
Suck it GOPers Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 2018 #59
the Cheating pubs must be Cha Mar 2018 #60
Hey Cha! BumRushDaShow Mar 2018 #61
These spawn of Satan aren't done yet... Hulk Mar 2018 #62
You're right... durablend Mar 2018 #64
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