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Republicans Respond To Governor Wolf’s Rejection Of Their New Congressional District Map

February 14, 2018

A top Republican in the state Senate has warned Pennsylvania may be headed toward a Constitutional crisis following the rejection by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf of a GOP-drawn Congressional district map.

And, other Republican leaders were quick to respond to Tuesday’s decision by the Governor.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the map that Republican leaders submitted to Wolf does meet Constitutional requirements, and it should not have been turned away.  Radio PA News reports that Corman says the Governor wants the state Supreme Court to redraw the districts and, if that happens, Republicans will take the matter to federal court.  He says redistricting should be a matter for lawmakers, not judges.

Wolf said the newest map proposal, made up by Republican leaders late last week, still suggests gerrymandering, and is exactly the type of process which prompted the Supreme Court to declare the old plan unconstitutional.

A letter sent to the Governor by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati states “your pronouncements are absurd,” and show “a nonsensical approach to government.”  Turzai and Scarnati also say they do not believe the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has the power to invalidate a Congressional map or draw a new one.

Thursday is the deadline imposed by the state’s highest court for the submission of a new redistricting map.  They threaten to draw up the map themselves if consensus is not reached.

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