Governor Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered Map (Round-Up)
By: Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Communications
February 14, 2018
On Tuesday, Governor Wolf told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that he will not accept the proposed congressional map submitted by Republican legislative leaders.
“Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock, and stifles meaningful reform,” Governor Wolf said. “As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map.
“The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”
Take a look at the coverage below:
The Washington Post: The Latest: Analysis finds GOP skew in Pennsylvania plan
A new analysis by experts shows that a Pennsylvania redistricting plan rejected by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf would have been favorable to Republicans. The analysis released Tuesday predicts that Republicans would have won 11 of the state’s 18 congressional districts under the plan crafted by Republican legislative leaders in response to a state Supreme Court ruling against the current districts. Republicans currently hold 13 seats.
Trib Live: Gov. Wolf rejects GOP’s new congressional district map
Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a new congressional district map that state Republican leaders submitted to the State Supreme Court last week. In a letter to State House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Wolf said the map favors Republicans. The court ordered lawmakers to craft the new map last month after ruling that the old map, drawn in 2011, violates the state constitution by unfairly favoring Republicans.
The Daily Beast: ‘Partisan Gerrymander’ Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Rejects the GOP’s Redrawn Electoral Map
Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a new proposed map for the state’s congressional districts, saying the legislature’s top Republicans submitted an unconstitutional gerrymander. “Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock, and stifles meaningful reform,” Governor Wolf said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map.” Republican leadership submitted the redrawn map to Wolf on Friday. From there, Wolf had until this Thursday to to tell the state Supreme Court whether he approved of the map. If he did, it would be enacted. The legislature and the governor need to come to an agreement by Thursday or the state’s Supreme Court will do the redraw.
The Inquirer: Gov. Wolf rejects Pennsylvania Republicans’ map proposal, saying it remains a partisan gerrymander
Wolf complained that some key areas are divided, pointing to the fact that Montgomery County would be split four times, and said the Wilkes-Barre area appears to be “divided without explanation” into two districts.
The governor took issue with Republicans’ argument that their map minimizes the “confusion factor” by leaving 70 percent of voters in the same congressional district. Wolf said he finds that claim “dubious at best.” “This serves no legal purpose, was not a requirement of the court and voters will have months and many means to obtain information on candidates and the districts before voting,” the governor wrote.
Slate: Pennsylvania Governor Rejects Latest GOP Gerrymander, Ensuring Court-Drawn Map for Midterms
Wolf declared he would not accept the new map because it fails to “comply with the court’s order or Pennsylvania’s Constitution.” He also rejected the proposal because it was drawn exclusively by two Republican leaders without approval from the legislature, as ordered by the court.
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