Redrawn Map Spells Big Changes For Congressional Districts In Philly Region

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"It really should be seen as unacceptable", said Kevin Murphy, president of the Berks County Community Foundation.

Ben Hornberger, a political newcomer from Shippensburg, Cumberland County.

Murphy has advocated for Berks to be unified in one district.

Renumbering districts isn't new. Philadelphia remains divided into three congressional districts, with most of it split between the 2nd and 3rd Districts. Dorrance and Slocum townships are are in the 9th District, while the rest are in the 8th District.

Preliminary analyses of the new map showed congressional races in the state being much more competitive for Democrats. Barletta, a Hazelton Republican, is leaving the U.S. House in hopes of winning his party's nominaton to run against U.S. Sen.

Lawyers for the Democratic voters who successfully challenged Pennsylvania's congressional districts as unconstitutionally gerrymandered said Tuesday that Republicans have no legal or factual basis to sue.

The court vote was 4-3 for the new map.

Republicans in the Pennsylvanian legislative re-submitted a congressional map to Governor Tom Wolf. I believe the federal court will decide.

Wolf rejected that map last week, joining a growing consensus that the map was still a partisan gerrymander.

Justice Mundy wrote the strongest-worded dissent, noting that she had "concerns regarding the constitutionality of the judicially created congressional districts adopted today".

The Republican-controlled legislature created the current map in 2011, after the 2010 US census. In another map, Republican Reps.

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Wolf and Democrats reduced Montgomery County to one split, instead of three splits suggested by Republican lawmakers.

But in a swing state where Republicans hold 13 House seats to Democrats' five, the balance appears all but certain to tip in Democrats' direction. Only someone who has lived and worked in North Carolina has the historical context necessary to choose a map which respects the culture of our state's regions. But it is not yet settled.

House Republican and Democratic operatives said Monday afternoon they are still analyzing the partisan makeup of the new districts.

In Monday's opinion and order (which contains more detailed maps, in addition to the statewide map), the court stated that earlier proceedings in the lower court had established a record that "the 2011 Plan was a partisan gerrymander and that this gerrymander was extreme and durable".

"It's a straight Democratic gerrymander by a Democratic Supreme Court to help Democrats", Harris said.

State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, has signaled that he might challenge any new map in court, calling the process "completely unacceptable". They would have to run against the incumbent Perry. A petition must include the district seat sought by candidates. The current filing deadline is March 20.

Congressional maps are redrawn every 10 years, soon after the census.

The new map means that Democrats could win up to 11 seats in Pennsylvania in midterm elections, said Michael Li, a lawyer with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school, which filed an amicus brief in the case.

Republicans hold 12 of Pennsylvania's seats in Congress, with Democrats holding five and another now vacant but formerly held by a Republican. Under the old lines, these were seats were carried by Clinton, but by just 2 percentage points or less.

Luzerne County municipalities with larger populations - including the cities of Pittson, Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke and Hazleton -are in the 8th district.

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