New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills
Most Pennsylvanians favor stricter gun laws, recent polling suggests, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the Legislature.
With redistricting reform in park, advocacy group releases poll showing public support for change
Two-thirds of registered voters (67 percent) back the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district lines.
How (not) to take the politics out of redistricting | Editorial Cartoon
A Wolf administration's commission returned its recommendations to improve legislative and congressional redistricting. How much has changed?
SCOTUS gerrymandering decision a reminder that reformers can’t rely on courts to solve their problems | Opinion
Each state is different. Reform seekers in each state will have to pursue their reforms through the legislature or state constitution. There is no relief to be had in a federal court.
With Supreme Court ruling, the fight over gerrymandering reform moves to the states
WASHINGTON – Battles over partisan gerrymandering are poised to shift to the states in the wake of a major U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last week. The high court dealt a major blow to efforts to combat politicized redistricting when it issued a high-profile 5-4 opinion finding that courts couldn’t settle such disputes. Now, state-level […]
SCOTUS Gerrymandering case: Roberts didn’t defend constitutional democracy | Bruce Ledewitz
Now that Roberts has removed every judicial restraint, even politicians who would like to do the right thing, will likely give in to the demands of their base. They will have no threat of lawsuits to hide behind.
The Supremes made the call on gerrymandering. The fix is up to the voters | Opinion
The Supreme Court has made it clear that the solution does not lie with federal judges.
How SCOTUS’ gerrymandering decision could put Pennsylvania’s own ruling in the spotlight
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that federal courts have no role to play in adjudicating accusations that political boundaries were drawn for partisan purposes. That 5-4 decision will have no impact on Pennsylvania’s congressional map, which was redrawn as the result of a state Supreme Court gerrymandering decision in 2018. The new map […]
U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing courts to sit out partisan gerrymandering won’t stifle reform efforts, Pa. activists say
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued two of its most-anticipated rulings of this term, delaying the addition of a citizenship to the 2020 census and declaring that the courts can’t settle partisan gerrymandering disputes.
Why the Supreme Court is staying out of many challenges to gerrymandered state maps | Opinion
By Nancy Martorano Miller Partisan gerrymandering is when a congressional or state legislative district map is drawn in a way the severely lessens the ability of one party, the minority party, to compete for seats in an election. The public is more aware of partisan gerrymandering than ever – and less supportive of it. Reform […]
Another failing grade for Pa.: It’s past time to reform the Legislature | Opinion
Through informed, persistent civic engagement we can end our legislature's cycle of failure and ensure policies that allow our commonwealth and communities to thrive.
Reformers hope redistricting can open broader conversation on changing Harrisburg
At their peak last year, Fair Districts PA’s neon green button-wearing members had convinced nearly 55 percent of the Pennsylvania House to sponsor a bill to create an independent citizens' redistricting commission.