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 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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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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Republican state legislative leaders file gerrymandering decision stay petition with US Supreme Court

Republican state legislative leaders file gerrymandering decision stay petition with US Supreme Court

Citing the lack of a final opinion from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to stay the enforcement of the decision in League of Women Voters v. Commonwealth.

Thursday, January 25, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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