Pennsylvania GOP leaders ask Supreme Court to block district map
Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional map in the state that was drawn after the old one was deemed gerrymandered.
The Republican leaders in the state House and Senate filed an emergency request that the high court stay the state Supreme Court’s redrawn congressional map released a day earlier, The Associated Press reported.
The request argues that the state Supreme Court usurped the legislature’s power in issuing the new map, and “without intervention from [the Supreme Court], elections will not proceed under the lawfully enacted 2011 Plan.”
The state Supreme Court ruled last month that the previous congressional map, drawn by Republicans in 2011, was unlawfully gerrymandered along partisan lines, and ordered a new map to be drawn and used beginning with this year’s midterm elections.
Republicans in the state have vehemently opposed the decision. They previously requested that the U.S. Supreme Court stay the state court’s initial ruling, but that request was rejected earlier this month.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, on Tuesday, argued the state’s original map was “correct,” and encouraged Republicans to fight the ruling in court.
Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general MORE (R-Pa.) called for a “conversation” about impeaching state Supreme Court justices over their new congressional map, which both parties say will benefit Democrats.
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