Legislators face short turnaround to meet redistricting timeline

Legislators face short turnaround to meet redistricting timeline

Given the lost day to winter weather on Wednesday, when lawmakers return to session from their respective twelve-hour calls, they will face a short turnaround time to get a new congressional map to Gov. Tom Wolf in order to meet the Friday deadline laid out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

 

If lawmakers fail to meet the deadline on Friday, the Court would then step in and—with the help of a specially-appointed Master—select a map they feel meets state constitutional muster.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican legislative leaders from the House and Senate responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address Tuesday afternoon, saying the nearly $1 billion spending increase over last year’s enacted budget proposed by the governor is a non-starter in their respective chambers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

In the largest in a series of blows to legislative Republican leaders seeking to halt the need to draw a new congressional map prior to a Friday deadline set out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday denied the legislators’ request for a stay in the state supreme court order.

 

While the denial by Justice Alito gives the legislative leaders an ability to appeal to the entire US Supreme Court for a stay, that does contrast with the now five-day deadline the legislature faces to get a new constitutional map to Gov. Tom Wolf before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would step in to draw one.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA redistricting legal drama grows in the absence of full PA Supreme Court opinion, stay decision

PA redistricting legal drama grows in the absence of full PA Supreme Court opinion, stay decision

With just a week until the deadline for the General Assembly to submit a new congressional map to Gov. Tom Wolf as laid out in a January 22, 2018, Pennsylvania Supreme Court order, the legal drama surrounding the case and resultant appeals grew Friday as Republican leaders who are defendants in the case filed legal documents with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court requesting Justice David Wecht recuse himself from the case and his participation in the case invalidated due to prior-expressed bias against partisan gerrymandering.

Friday, February 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court to find itself short on ordered redistricting data

PA Supreme Court to find itself short on ordered redistricting data

Based upon letters sent to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court submitted in advance of the Wednesday deadline they set out for the transmittal of information on redistricting and expert testimony, the court is likely to find itself short of the requested information.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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