Supreme Court upholds new Pa. congressional district map, rejecting Republican challenge

Supreme Court upholds new Pa. congressional district map, rejecting Republican challenge

by Jonathan Lai & Liz Navratil, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/19/18 [Good! All Chester County is definitively within one district, PA-06, in line with the anti-gerrymandering principle.]

HARRISBURG — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the new congressional map imposed by the state high court, assuring that the redrawn lines would be used in the 2018 elections.

The action came hours after a federal-judge panel dismissed a similar suit, saying Republican lawmakers who brought it had not legal standing. With the back-to-back rejections — both coming on the eve of the petition-filing deadline for congressional candidates — no legal challenges to the map remained.

The new map lines could have an impact on the makeup of the 2019 Congress, with Democrats hopeful that they could pick up at least a few more seats in Pennsylvania….

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Do your job, Pat

from Joe Sestak, candidate for US Senate, 3/17/16

Yesterday, President Obama announced his nomination for the Supreme Court – and Pat Toomey announced he wouldn’t even consider the nomination. Instead, Toomey said he wants to “ensure that it is the next president, not the current president” who fills the vacancy – over 10 months from now. 

Filling a Supreme Court vacancy is about more than politics – it’s about the foundation of our democratic government. But Toomey wants to keep the seat vacant until 2017 for political reasons.

Consider this: if Toomey gets his way, our next president may be Donald Trump. That means one of President Trump’s first actions would be choosing a lifetime appointment to the highest Court in the country.

People have lost trust in government because of the overtly partisan machinations of obstructionists like Pat Toomey, who is unwilling to do his job in even considering the President’s nomination.

I’m running to restore trust in government by bringing accountable leadership to the Senate. I actually want to be accountable to the people above politics and be judged not for my intentions but by my deeds. And because of that message, the most recent polling has me within the margin of error against Toomey.

Please contribute today to elect a Senator who will not only do his job, but be accountable to the people.