Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Despite a lot of talk, redistricting reform never advanced out from under the weight of over 600 House amendments.

But despite their failure this year, advocates and lawmakers allies are looking at what they can do without a constitutional amendment to change the system ahead of the next census.
Monday, August 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Blunted in legislature, redistricting reformers wonder about referendums

Blunted in legislature, redistricting reformers wonder about referendums

Outside the shady home of Gov. Tom Wolf in York County two weeks ago, members of Fair Districts PA, the redistricting reform advocacy group, unveiled a somewhat clunky, although earnest, chant.

“The people have the right, to alter and reform,” the group repeated at the urging of Executive Director Carol Kuniholm.

Friday, July 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Waving signs saying “public service, not lip service” and chanting “hey hey, ho ho, gerrymandering has got to go,” three dozen redistricting advocates gathered outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s home in York County Wednesday demanding a special session to focus exclusively on redistricting reform.

Ever since the state’s General Assembly left for the summer in June following an ahead-of-time budget, leaving redistricting as well as a host of other big bills on guns, abortion and hazing on the table, Fair Districts PA, a preeminent advocacy group, has been pushing Wolf to call for a special session.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Advocates accelerated their calls for a special session to address redistricting Monday after a seemingly fruitless week of negotiations, even if its viability seems weak.

In an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, Fair Districts PA Executive Director Carol Kuniholm called on him to convene a special session on redistricting.

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform, after months of negotiations, maneuvering, postcards and lobbying, is nearly out of time as it stalls out in the House.

The hold-up clashes with part of the justification for the judicial language in the first place. But a Senate official pointed to House votes to justify why the change was needed for reform to pass at all.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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