SCOTUS Rejects Pennsylvania GOP Attempt To Block Redrawn US House Districts Map, Dem Pickups Likely

The Washington Post reports:

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Pennsylvania Republican legislative leaders to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state.

The practical impact is the 2018 elections in the state are likely to be held with a map much more favorable to Democrats, who scored a surprising victory last week in a special election in Pennsylvania. The 2011 map that has been used this decade has resulted in Republicans consistently winning 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats.

Monday’s action was the second time that the court declined to get involved in the partisan battle that has roiled Pennsylvania politics. The commonwealth’s highest court earlier this year ruled that a map drawn by the Republicans leaders in 2011 “clearly, plainly and palpably” violated the Free and Equal Elections Clause of the Pennsylvania constitution.

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  • JWC

    Why should the crooked GOP be able to redraw the boundaries just so they may have an unfair advantage to win

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      They’ve been allowed to for 20 years, ’bout time to put a stop to it.

      • JWC

        who was thinking what, when they allowed are DEMS that dumb

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    ha, ha! Shove it, bitches. And Brian Sims is still ours.

    http://users.content.ytmnd.com/6/6/b/66b113d0263ddf6183f0831091fb0445.jpg

    • Marc: The Social Gadfly

      I’ll take 50 of those Patriotic stamps please!

  • KnownDonorDad

    Good. Down with gerrymandering by the anti-voting party.

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  • Ninja0980

    Even though we won here, other states are still gerrymandered and even if they weren’t, the fact is Republicans were able to cheat for most of the decade to keep power in Congress and the states.
    The damage done from that will last for a long time.

  • MonochromeMouse

    So their argument was basically “If we aren’t allowed to cheat anymore then we won’t win elections.” and they seriously expected the Supreme Court to accept it?

    • Ninja0980

      Given you have five Republican hacks on there, yes they did.

    • clay

      Technically, no, they expected the federal court to agree with the US Constitution very literally that it must be the state legislature that decides the boundaries, rather than the state legislature decides the process, which it then must follow, or that the state legislature cannot be corrected by the courts (see Marbury v. Madison).

  • In Washington State, they deal with redrawing district boundaries using a bipartisan commission of equal parts Democrat and Republican. It has succeeded in preventing complaints of gerrymandering the state, although I dislike the idea of just two parties being included. I’d open it up to one member from each registered political party in the state, and do that nationwide.

    • HomerTh

      Arizona has 2 Dems, 2 Reps, 1 Ind on our redistricting commission. The Republicans took it to the Supreme Court, trying to overturn the commission (which was voted approved), and lost. Now they have placed the issue on the ballot and are hoping the voters will get rid of it. I don’t see that happening.

      • I say we open it up to every party that has achieved ballot access. Its the only fair way to ensure that all parties can compete on a level playing field. Further, I feel there should be exactly one representative of each party on the commission, just to keep things equal and even.

      • RobYest

        Part of the Gerrymandering Conference I attended last week had a panel discussion with that single independent commissioner. She definitely had a story to tell. Not only did the Arizona Supreme Court side with her, they did it unanimously.

    • ChrisMorley

      In the socialist /s UK we exclude all political parties and hand the job to a non-political independent Electoral Commission.
      We up the socialism more by allowing them to regulate party finances too.
      https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/our-work/roles-and-responsibilities

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Poor GOP scumbags.
    Even the conservative supreme court rejects your obvious CHEATING!
    Blue Tsunami 2018!!

    • JCF

      Make It Happen!

      democrats.org

  • davewolfusa

    I hope this bodes well for the redistricting fights in NC, Wisconsin, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Alabama, and Georgia!

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR
  • Ninja0980

    We’ll be able to pick up 4-6 seats with this map.
    The House is in reach.

  • Westcoast88

    They have no shame.
    They win by cheating and don’t care if everyone knows.

  • After a Democrat won a seat in a district easily won by Cheat’n McGrifty, I don’t see them winning many seats this November. The tide has turned against them across the country. Stunts like this continue to enrage the voters.

    • Boreal

      Except for the trumpanzees who think cheating is just fine.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Now they will have to work hard at their other dirty tricks.

  • Bambino

    In my fantasy SCOTUS is aware of the country is being destroy day by day and bit by bit by Russia and the traitors within. The judges are making last ditch effort to correct the course to salvage the country from oblivion.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Hellz yeah!

  • Boreal

    We (dems) need 24 seats to take back the house. Most midterms net around 40. I’m happy with anything above 30.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I’d be quite happy with 100 (net gain).

      • Rillion

        After the special election it was noted that there are around 100 seats held by Republicans that are less Republican than the 18th is. So while there might be 100 plus seats “in play” it is unlikely Democrats will win them all, but if they can win half, it will be enough.

    • Todd20036

      There’s talk about being over 90

      • That’s the fun, I guess, “downside,” of gerrymandering. If the Dems reach a certain share of votes nationally, it can turn into a tidal wave fairly quickly.

    • John30013

      I’d love for it to be an overwhelming wave. A small margin is easier to overturn in subsequent elections. I want the GOP out of power for at least the next 8-12 years. It will probably take that long to undo the worst of the damage Trump and his GOP brown-nosers have inflicted on this country and the world.

      • Boreal

        The bigger the wave, the faster trump gets shut down.

  • Boreal

    Disqus is really sucking like a whore today.

  • Blake J Butler
  • Major

    I wish the news would mention that the maps were redrawn to more accurately represent the political balance of Pennsylvania. Maybe it’s me but these articles make it sound like the state Supreme Court drew the districts to benefit Democrats when really it is fixing a problem that Republican did to give their party an advantage.

    Don’t get me wrong though, I’m happy that Democrats can be more competitive in the state. #BlueWave

    • Joe in PA

      Doesn’t sell. 🙁 Gotta invent “the drama”, “the conflict”…fire people up. Sadly.

    • Ninja0980

      That’s the big issue I have.
      This isn’t just a victory for Democrats, it’s a victory for everyone who wants fair and free elections.

      • Joe in PA

        And this only “solves” it temporally.

        FairDistrictsPA.org Make it happen!

        • KeiFFer

          And it’s still only the US Congressional districts. One would suspect that it’s skewed in the General Assembly as well:

          Representatives: 120R to 81D (2 vacancies)
          Senate: 34R to 16D

          And yet the party line vote tallies are split about 50/50.

          That’s why the old map of US Congressional split of 13R-5D changing to a probable 10R-8D or 9-9 split is difficult to whine that it was too partisan of a solution.

          • Joe in PA

            Exactly…I’m in the 134th state house district…but we finally have a D challenger. Whohoo.

      • Reality.Bites

        In other words, it’s just a victory for Democrats.

  • The_Wretched

    that was a 13/18 seats to republicans on a 50/50 population vote.

    I’m sure bernie is to blame though and not the structural gerrymandering that was just fixed.

    • Joe in PA

      🙂 Now who’s fixated? Let it go.

      (I’m teasing!)

      • The_Wretched

        🙂

    • Michael

      It’s hard to tell on this site when someone is being sarcastic or if it’s just the usual Bernie bashing….

      • The_Wretched

        I’ll leave it for the gentle reader to disambiguate.

        • Michael

          98% of the Clinton supporters on here were never “gentle” when it came to their comments about Bernie nor the people who supported him. Unfortunately, in my personal opinion, it’s why we’re dealing with Trump now. If Bernie supporters hadn’t been constantly slammed by Clinton supporters then many of them wouldn’t have stayed home on election night.

          • HomerTh

            lol, the Bernie supporters I know constantly call Clinton supporters names.

          • The_Wretched

            stop

          • Treant

            Telling the truth? No thanks, I’m rather enamored of it, and not letting a Bro assassinate the entire side.

            She wasn’t the grumpy-ass son of a bitch at the convention in the process of poisoning the ground and sailing his ass right back out of the party.

          • The_Wretched

            not interested. I’m not interested on circle-rahrah on any side.

          • Treant

            Really? Because you opened your mouth above once again and, as always, in the Bernie rah-rah direction. Don’t package shit and expect me to be happy to open it once again.

            He lost. Get over it. He was a complete asshole while losing. Get used to hearing that.

          • The_Wretched

            So how exactly did Bernie gerrymander PA? That’s the side you’re taking here.

          • Treant

            I thought you wanted us to stop? I guess that was Bernie bullshit too.

            Check your language, the subtle, “Bernie is NOT THAT BAD, Y’ALL! See, I’m accusing him of things he didn’t do (implication: just like all of you do!)” You’re almost as manipulative as GoL and a few others around here, but fortunately you can’t quite fake the tears.

            Oops, now I’m in for a lecture I’ll never have to read for somehow being a bully. Well, she and you know where the fucking block button are. You don’t want to hear it, go the fuck away.

          • The_Wretched

            “implication: just like all of you do!”

            Darn toot’n. That’s the freaking point. There a host of other factors including gerrymandering that require the light of day and efforts from the FEDDEMS. Instead, it’s righteous anger and hate for the political left 24/7 365 as you’re showing here. It’s beyond stupid to be foaming at the mouth angry for 1 of 7 or so issues and ignore the rest in lieu of your emotional masturbation.

          • Treant

            Just stop. Chill. Take a pill. Now you’re just taking it too far. You really need to calm down. I consider this bullying.

            Whatever the passive-aggressive sorts say when you actually challenge them.

            Look, I’m not even reading this. You’re an insignificant force and frankly, not worth wooing. Because we’d have to give up most of the middle to get you couple of crazy fucks on the outside.

            You go ahead and run ol’ limp dick again, and watch him crash and burn in the first five states. You’ll whine it was stolen but, really, you’re just a joke.

          • Reality.Bites

            It’s almost enough for me to wish Bernie doesn’t die before the next presidential election.

            Nah…

          • Treant

            I’m quite torn between hoping he dies with a bribe in his hand, or runs and loses (horribly) after five states. Which he will; that light went out before the Acela primaries, after which he lost far more than he won.

            The latter will, at least, lead to loud and funny complaining about how the election was “stolen” from him by…magically shifting 30% of the vote…

          • The_Wretched

            And i was telling the likely pro-bernie side to not pile on. I’m surprised you read that as including you.

          • Treant

            No. Stop. Enough. Chill. (faints on couch) I feel a victimization coming on where everybody needs to coddle me.

            I’m not blind, you said it to both sides. Including directly to me. So…therefore…it was meant for me, yes?

            Alternately, you’re lying now…or were lying then.

            Too dumb to remember or liar…pick one.

          • Michael

            And this thread totally proves my point.

            I mean take a hard look. NO WHERE are there catty, bitchy comments from Bernie supporters yet the Clinton supporters are letting it fly.

            And talk about “revisionist history.”

          • Treant

            So I guess you can’t fucking read? Oh, right, his are “funny” or “pointed.”

            What it proves is that you dumb fucks will light off an argument and then try to fucking act reasonable. Whereas the rest of us note–you started the fucking argument.

            You know where the fucking block function is, Russian bot. Use it.

          • Michael

            And thank you, for the 10th time in the past 10 minutes, for proving the point I was making.

          • Treant

            No, stop, don’t, chill.

            No, seriously, you’re simply picking a fight. Which you know. So thanks, now I’ve reinforced “Bernie People Bully Others.” You win, yeah!

            And frankly, I’m past even being able to feign interest any longer.

          • Michael

            Dude you’ve done NOTHING but pick fights in the past 10 minutes. Wow, you guys just never stop being so obnoxiously rude to anyone who supported Bernie.

          • Treant

            He said, picking a fight. Not that I was the first one to post. But you’re conveniently Bernie-blind on that point, I’m sure.

            Like I said, have a nice life. Bye.

          • joe ho

            lol.

            You’re a far-left loser who did his best to put Trump in the WH.

            Deal with it.

            You have no credibility left here.

          • Michael

            Yup, the irony in calling the guy “a far-left loser who did his best to put Trump in the WH” is completely lost on you.

          • joe ho

            lol. Oh, the mind-numbing stupidity of someone childishly voting against their best interests or throwing away their vote because their feelings have been hurt!

            That pretty much describes worthless dickweeds like you.

          • The_Wretched

            here too. stop

          • Treant

            OK, frankly? You’re the one who started it, and, having begun another avalanche, it’s beyond you to stop it.

            Y’know what? A lot of things are, in part, Bernie’s fault. Deal with that.

          • The_Wretched

            chill.

          • Treant

            Fuck off. This is not the first time you’ve trollishly lit a fire and then tried to act like the voice of fucking reason. It’s tiresome and old.

          • The_Wretched

            I should take the other option of having a rousing round of tribal self love affair like the bernie bashers do? I don’t agree and took steps to limit that kind of tribalism we get here from the FEDDEM yellow dogs.

          • Treant

            I thought you wanted us to stop?

            Also, thanks for the confirmation; Bernout case with manipulative tendencies.

          • fuow

            Let’s not forget that I supported Bernie over Clinton until it was clear she was our best choice. I also got into one hell of a fight with Wassermann-Schultz over the ‘forget the fly-over states’ strategy.
            Yes, in the end, I’ll vote pragmatically if tho’ through clinched teeth.

          • Reality.Bites

            It’s nice to get a reminder of why I blocked someone.

          • Treant

            Given the lack of quality in his other commentary, I’m getting close. At least I’m occasionally amusing.

            But it’s usually more fun to follow them around and side-swipe at them when they inevitably make logical errors.

          • Michael

            You seriously need to brush up on your “side-swiping” skills because you’re missing the mark completely.

          • William

            The Bernie bros will never believe that they were used by Russian intelligence.

          • Reality.Bites

            It’s understandable they have trouble recognizing intelligence.

          • Treant

            And still are being used, obviously.

            Well, someday it may sink in.

          • Treant

            Quite the opposite. As a Clinton supporter, I got called every name in the book. Consequently, many got blocked or simply got insulted until they blocked me.

            If you’re such a snowflake that you need me to make nice-nice so you’ll vote for the sane candidate? Then grow the fuck up, sweetheart, and put on your big-boy pants.

          • Rambie

            Revisionist history much? The Bernie supporters on here were calling anyone supporting Clinton –even us who supported Bernie in the caucuses/primaries– with every name in the book.

          • joe ho

            lol. Spare us. The black vicious vitriol spewed by Bernie supporters against that war-mongering corporate whore Killary was far, far worse than the anti-Bernie rhetoric–which amounted usually to the fact that he wasn’t a Democrat, was promising things he couldn’t deliver on, and was too socialist for the many centrist Democrats and independents.

            But you do point out a fatal flaw in the far-left voters’ childish emotional make-up. If their feelings have been hurt during the primaries, they will end up engaging in behavior that undermines their interest–whether pouting and staying home, throwing away their vote on a third party candidate who has no chance of winning, or actively sabotaging the candidate who hurt their feelings.

            By contrast, conservatives will get over their hurt feelings and eat their own vomit to keep Democrats out of power. They put on their big-boy pants, don’t pout and vote red no matter who.. That’s why they have so much power, even though their ideas are less popular than liberal ideas.

          • Michael

            “lol. Spare us.”

            Yes, we did unfortunately. I have been on this site for years and I have no f8cking idea how you guys on here are saying it was the Bernie supporters who were the totally obnoxious and completely rude ones on here.

            Wow, you guys just have no idea the role you played in Trump gaining office.

          • fuow

            Du lieber Gott im Himmel. Because I dared to have an opinion not approved by you Berniebros, you chose to inflict the orange one upon us? The language I want to use right at the moment is far too strong for your precious little feelers.

          • joe ho

            lol. You’re living an in alternative reality. Just like the Trumpscum. Scary.

          • Reality.Bites

            Interesting – I signed in while writing a reply to Michael and discovered I’d already blocked him, so he’s concern trolling at best.

          • Michael

            Yup, go figure. A Clinton supporter blocking a Bernie supporter

            And why is Trump in power???

          • fuow

            Seriously?
            If they’re such precious little snowflakes that they can’t even stand an intraparty discussion, and have to punish the party’s chosen candidate, then they would stab their candidate in the back the first time he deviated 0.00000000000000001% from their “party line.”

      • Rillion

        Comrade Putin thanks all of you for continuing the Bernie vs Hillary fight.

    • joe ho

      lol.

      Far-left fucktards like you did your part to put Trump in power. Your conscience was too delicate to vote for that war-mongering, corporate whore Killary–despite the obvious existential threat posed by Trump.

      That’s why you have no credibility here.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Traitors.

  • nocadrummer
    • Joe in PA

      And I’m in a newly created “9”…a huge (geographically) R dominated district. But we have some decent challengers for a change. There is hope.

      • Hank

        How Rethuglican dominated where you in the old Districts??
        Here in FTL, I know some good Democrats who can “Dominate”! /s

        • Joe in PA

          Wait, what are we talking about?

        • Todd20036

          I like to think I’m a good dom…

      • Treant

        I’m in the new Seventh. Swingy, geographically, unlike the old 15th, which was gerrymandered Republican.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          New 4th. Still Dem– fifth most in the state– but for the top of Montgo County. Just not part of PHL any longer, only bordering it– which means current rep Brendan Boyle’s home is not in the new district.

      • Boreal

        Are you bragging about the size (of your district) again? Sizequeen.

      • jsolar13

        Oh honey, you think 9 is huge? Try 15! 😉

        PS: Kinda hate the way my new district is drawn (splitting Centre Co.), but it’s overall a much better map for the commonwealth.

        • Joe in PA

          Ooops, sorry. That IS huge. A good friend is from Altoona (lives in DC now)…that area is very R, but his mom was very D…so we had a lot of great chats when I would visit.

          • jsolar13

            Nice! Altoona is an interesting little city. Unfortunately, it’s not even in this district. Looks like the biggest town might be Indiana with something near 14,000. Oh, the humanity… or lack thereof.

          • JCF

            Home of the World Famous Horseshoe Curve! [High tech railroading in the 1850s]

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IWENN-rTqI

          • Joe in PA

            Yeah, Altoona suffers though. 🙁 Kinda sad…and apparently “urban renewal” from the 70s ruined huge swaths of the grand houses etc .

          • jsolar13

            It definitely suffers, unfortunately. One great thing it does have is a real gem of an old theatre, the Mishler.

            I haven’t been down to Huntingdon for quite a while. Nearby Raystown lake/reservoir is pretty impressive though!

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/038c5fee18ff9d15adfb663ddd4bd6c0859cbf2a8e0ddf6e95cb32106e107f88.jpg

          • Joe in PA

            Thanks, I’ll mention this to our neighbor. I’m sure she’s proud.

          • JCF

            I used to live (depending on the weather) about a half hour from Altoona (Huntingdon). It was incredibly “R” then, and I believe will stay so (unfortunately).

          • Joe in PA

            Small world…our neighbor here in Berks County is from Huntingdon. Her maiden name was Grubb. Anyway, I stopped in Huntingdon on my way to Altoona once…it is nice that the highway (and requisite fast food et. al.) stay across the bridge from downtown. Kind of a neat downtown.

      • KeiFFer

        From the “butterfly” of the 6th into the 4th. There was talk about that encouraging Allyson Schwartz to run for congress again.

    • Ben in Oakland

      better, but still not good.

      • Treant

        Actually, it’s extremely fair.

        • Ben in Oakland

          too many dangly bits. I would like to see lots of rectangles.

          • Natty Enquirer

            It’s not Kansas.

          • Treant

            Rectangles–geographical compactness–actually isn’t the way people settle and live, and isn’t the way communities grow. We’re more like a fungal colony sending out threads of new growth on the richest resource routes.

            Except for very planned locales, rectangles wouldn’t be the fairest way of dividing up the map. Areas have dangly bits–and this map is actually better than the one the Dems suggested! It’s an almost perfect balance.

          • John30013

            I agree. This map was created by the PA Supreme Court with assistance from an expert at Stanford University. The Stanford professor has no “skin in the game” other than to create a fair map that subdivides as few counties as possible. I think he did an admirable job.

          • BobSF_94117

            Districts try to follow county lines, city/town boundaries, physical barriers, and roads whenever possible.

          • John30013

            If only the counties in PA were all square, like they are in the midwest. But they’re not, and the new map does a much better job of creating “compact”, “convex”, “contiguous” voting districts.

  • Ninja0980

    A reminder that Tom Wolf and other governor’s will be up this fall.
    We want to stop gerrymandering, make sure you have a Democrat in the governor’s mansion.

  • DisqusD37

    It’s called Draining the Swamp, motherfvckers….

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lazycrockett

      CA = Cambridge Analytics

      • Joe in PA

        Thanks…for a sec…. 🙂

        • Treant

          …that would be one flying hell of a search warrant…

          • Joe in PA

            And there’s some things there that just shouldn’t be found. 🙂

          • Treant

            Possibly the Hoffa body…

        • JCF

          Same here! We know that Drumpf has declared war on my beloved Golden State, so… 😮

    • MBear

      The sound of shredders working overtime

    • Treant

      I’ll wait for the actual search, thank you, as a leak that severe, which will encourage the destruction of material, is extremely bad.

      Either no such warrant exists or this Tracie person needs to have her ass in court giving up her sources.

    • SoCalGal20

      Good!

  • Blake J Butler

    Followed a guy and then unfollowed him on twitter, was kind of cute as a reason to follow him, he had this strange ranch dressing fetish where he would post videos of himself pouring ranch dressing over his body, but that wasn’t the reason i unfollowed him, he retweeted a sexist tweet from a guy with a bunch of followers telling Hillary to shut up, turns out he was a “bro”.

    • Natty Enquirer

      So much for that Hidden Valley.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
  • BeaverTales

    Dems need to quit fucking around… Prostitution is a crime in New York (as proven by the Eliot Spitzer scandal when he lost the NY governorship), and if Trump committed a similar crime, then it is an impeachable offense. But lying about a consensual BJ is an impeachable offense, yet lying about hiring a prostitute and paying her hush money isn’t?

    • The_Wretched

      And how does Cohen still have his law license? It’s not allowed by the bar ethics rules to pay off people on behalf of your client with your personal funds (or illegally with campaign funds, depending on which lie they go with).

      • BeaverTales

        Because the nation’s laws obviously don’t apply to Republicans, and when the Dems are stupid enough to believe it as well, this country is royally fucked.

        • Todd20036

          Well, all the impeachment demands in the world aren’t going to mean shit when you’re the minority party, and the majority party is as traitorous as Twitler.

          • BeaverTales

            Well the Dems should be completely focused on doing that, instead of conducting witch hunts for mythical ‘bros’ and wasting everyone’s fucking time.

      • pansarkraft

        He just got caught 🙂

    • Todd20036

      And that is the true crime of the GOP. Bill Clinton was impeached over a consensual, free blow job.
      Trump commits treason, rape, incest, prostitution, sexual assault, fraud, perjury, etc. and crickets from the GOP.

    • Michael White

      GOP in control now and then . Nothing will happen until we take control of the House. The Senate would have to remove him from office and there is not way we can gain control of the Senate.

      • Todd20036

        Doesn’t matter. Even if we cannot directly remove him, impeaching him will be enough to stop him, and we can impeach him if we take the house.

        • Michael White

          I hope so

        • Treant

          How so? Bill Clinton was “impeached” and it slowed him down not one whit.

          Of course, no legislation of significance went, but it wouldn’t’ve anyway. Dumpy will still be entirely free to EO and steal everything in sight.

          • BobSF_94117

            Not one whit? His presidency was hobbled. And Gore lost the next election in large part because of the scandal.

          • Treant

            He was hobbled by a Republican Congress; this was the first of the Obstructionist Congresses.

            And Gore lost…for a lot of reasons. Frankly, not the least of which because he was Gore, and a third term for one party is always very unlikely.

          • BobSF_94117

            Gore lost for one reason: SCOTUS. Had there never been a move for impeachment, Gore’s victory would have been a landslide and SCOTUS would never have been asked anything.

      • BeaverTales

        The Dems can win more Senate seats if the DNC would stop jerking itself off and do its damn job…which includes supporting Democratic candidates in red and purple states.

        We already gave up winnable House seats in Kansas and Virginia because Perez thought that the Dems running there were aligned with Bernie. The idiocracy truly does encompass ‘both sides’.

  • Tom Furgas

    Of course if the GOP served their constituents properly they wouldn’t need to redraw the districts in order to win seats.

  • jsolar13

    Hopefully Pennsylvanians can now begin to undo some of the damage our commonwealth did in the 2016 debacle.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Awww, the poor dears, they can’t cheat anymore…

    https://occupymelbournenet.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/wambulance.jpg

    • BearEyes

      They will find other ways to lie,. cheat, and steal

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Most likely, but still, this is a nice helping of “fuck you.”

  • boobert

    This makes me smile !

  • Franciscan

    Joe, who are these manly fellows in the photograph? Are they the young faces of the alt-right Republicans in the Pa. legislature?

    • teeveedub

      I want to know about that short silver fox John Cena-lookin’ motherfucker on the left. What’s his deal?

  • The Sentinel
  • Randolph Finder

    Note, if the same person redistricted Maryland, we’d *probably* end up with a 6D-2R delegation rather than 7D-1R. (and the 2nd and 3rd district in Baltimore would end up less likely to be used in Rorshack tests)