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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Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), Jerry Oleksiak, will take over the reins at the department full time after the Pennsylvania Senate failed to give him an up or down vote on the floor in time to meet the constitutional requirement for consideration within 25 legislative days from the governor’s nomination.

                                                   

The L&I position became open after former secretary Kathy Manderino stepped down from the role in mid-July to take a spot on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

The Senate State Government Committee on Monday unanimously advanced a vehicle bill for any redistricting plan that may or may not be agreed to in the coming days.

 

The positioning of the bill on Monday was said to be important due to the tight timeline given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the order they issued just a week ago giving the General Assembly until February 9, 2018, to get to the governor a new map based on the criteria used for the drawing of state legislative districts, in order to prevent the court from using a newly-appointed special master to draw a court-approved map based on non-partisan criteria.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Assuming the US Supreme Court does not grant a stay of the Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court’s order for a mid-February redraw of Pennsylvania’s 2011 congressional map the latter court found unconstitutional last week, experts retained by both Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Supreme Court are likely to play some role in how a new map is crafted and found to be constitutional.

Sunday, January 28, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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