The following excerpt about Pennsylvania redistricting is from an article written by Jodine Mayberry, a ‘retired editor, longtime journalist and Delaware County resident’, writing for the Delaware County Times. Take a look at the article titled, Jodine Mayberry: Will state Supreme Court draw the line on gerrymandered Pa.?:
So what? Get over it. Suck it up. That’s basically what Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge, P. Kevin Brobson said about the gerrymandering that has let the state’s Republicans manipulate congressional districts for their own benefit since 2011 (and before that too, truth be told).
In a 128-page opinion issued Dec. 28, Brobson acknowledges that the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters proved gerrymandering is a fact and is extreme here in Pennsylvania. But, he also says, not in so many words, “Tough patooties.” But who knows? Miracles can happen.
If you want more information on redistricting in Pennsylvania, go to Fair Districts PA. Also, take a look at the article titled, Redistricting Cases Could Redefine State and U.S. Politics in 2018, that highlights the three ongoing court cases that could have a major impact on redistricting for U.S. House of Representative elections in PA. Their summary of the League of Women Voters v. Pennsylvania General Assembly redistricting case mentioned in the last paragraph is as follows:
This suit was filed on June 15, in state court rather than federal court. The plaintiffs seek to invalidate the state’s 2011 congressional map on partisan gerrymandering grounds, using provisions of the state constitution. In late December, the judge ruled that the seats were drawn to aid the GOP, but that they were not drawn in a way that was unconstitutional. But the state Supreme Court has a Democratic majority, so this ruling could be overturned…
…Democrats would gain from throwing out a GOP-designed map that currently favors Republicans.
The other two ongoing court cases are Agre v. Wolf, where the trial began in December, and Diamond v. Torres, a trial that has been stayed and is waiting for certain action to be taken in the Agre v. Wolf trial. Also, an article at AP titled, Opioid crisis, redistricting on state lawmakers’ 2018 agenda, talked about the likelihood of the state legislature taking action as a result of the expected court decisions:
Decisions may soon be issued in two lawsuits that challenge the congressional district map approved in 2011 by the GOP majority and then-Gov. Tom Corbett, also a Republican. One case awaits a decision by a panel of three federal judges, while the other is set for oral argument before the state Supreme Court on Jan. 17. It’s possible lawmakers could be directed to redraw the lines in time for the May 15 primary election. Senate Republican leaders say they have put wider redistricting reforms on hold while the cases are pending.