The congressional map of the key battleground state, Pennsylvania, will be completely redrawn. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the map had been drawn with a Republican favor in 2011. In a 5-2 decision down party lines, the bench ruled politicians have three weeks to redraw the congressional map, a move which can dangerously sway the battle for the House of Representatives in 2018.
The electoral map was found to be in violation of the state’s constitution. By marginalizing democratic voters, the court ruled that Republicans used gerrymandering to win over the state legislature under Obama. In hopes of regaining a total of 24 seats, the Democrats hope to resist President Trump on every level.
A congressional redistricting could give Democrats up to six of the seats they need. The 2018 elections can be drastically different if the Democrats are allowed the partisan gerrymandering by February 15. Reshaped after the 2010 census, the state has been accused of being one of the most flagrant examples of redistricting abuse.
Since the lines have been redrawn the Republicans have gained two or three seats because of the new districts. State Senate leader and majority leader, both Republicans, have been given the impossible task to create new lines in only a few weeks. If they fail to meet the deadlines, the districts will be moved back to the lines drawn by democratic leadership prior to 2010.
State officials are working to have the Supreme Court issue a hold. Similar cases are on the docket from Wisconsin and Maryland. Normally the Supreme Court would not utter an issuance of states rights, but the sheer number of gerrymandering cases have cause for alarm.
North Carolina has recently demanded that their districts be redrawn. The congressional districts were argued to be in favor of Republicans. The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on the partisanship of gerrymandering by June.
With now two states declaring their congressional maps be redrawn and two more waiting for a decision, the ambiguity in states constitutions makes it difficult to know what is considered partisan and what is considered unacceptably partisan.
A special election is to be held this spring in the red rural back corners of the Quaker State. The Republican representative is stepping down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Democrats are hopeful of being able to reshape the district just enough to win the vote in the 2018 mid-term elections.
The court has announced the ruling will not affect the upcoming ballot measures and elections. With today’s charged atmosphere and anything to win mentality of the left, this will not be the last time we hear of the ruling before the elections.
The court charges were filed by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. The original case was heard by Judge Brobson and he ruled the state constitution was not violated. Although the districts were an extreme case of gerrymandering, no laws were broken by the Republican legislatures who redrew the map.
The message of the democratic party has failed to resonate with voters. Rather than find ways to get in touch with the people, officials are finding bureaucratic methods to rig elections. Becoming the party of no, the democratic front runners are on a platform of strict opposition to President Trump.
President Trump has seen the importance of the upcoming special election in Pennsylvania. He has campaigned and rallied in the area for the Republican front-runner. Rick Saccone has been called a great guy by the president.
The 59-year-old politician is being challenged in a seat that has not seen a democratic opponent for two elections. Saccone’s opponent is a moderate who has said he will reach across the aisle and work for his constituents. Critics of Lamb point to the party money that is being funneled by Pelosi super PACs.
Democrats are hoping to gain steam from the fifth and final special election before the midterms to show that people still connect with the democratic party. Winning the deep blue seat in Virginia and the Alabama seat against the slandered Roy Moore, Democrats believe they are seeing the beginning of a blue wave. Republicans maintain that after people start getting their taxes back, any animosity for the president will melt away.