Gray Davis-filed an amicus brief to the high court in support of a lawsuit filed by Republican voters in Maryland challenging the constitutionality of the state's congressional districts. Turzai and and Scarnati gave Wolf their map changes early Friday evening to comply with the court's mandate.
There is nothing to stop whichever political party is in the majority then from drawing maps which some future court may declare equally unfair and created to benefit one party or the other.
The trouble is, Wolf said, the Republican map still does the one thing the Supreme Court said not to do because of the state constitution's requirement of free and equal elections - it favors one political party.
House and Senate Democrats don't see it that way. That seems unlikely. If he rejects the maps as being partisan-biased, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will have an independent expert from Stanford draw the new maps from scratch.
Just as the borough is divided on the map, the Lansford council is split politically, with three Republicans, three Democrats and Soto, a non-partisan voter. The map manages to keep 70 percent of voters in their original Congressional District. "If you take these incumbants that are now representing districts in Pennsylvania, put them in new districts that are drawn in a different way, they'll still have the advantage", O'Connell said.
Eric Holder, who chairs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and was attorney general under President Barack Obama, said the Republican's map "does practically nothing to fix" partisan gerrymandering. Wolf hasn't released a proposed map, and justices could consider proposals from lawmakers and other parties to the gerrymandering case.
This is very similar to what has happened here in MI since the maps were redrawn in 2010, after the Tea Party "red wave" swept Republicans into power. The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected Republicans' appeal of the state court's ruling.
The new map "is indeed an extreme outlier, exhibiting a decidedly partisan skew that can not be explained by Pennsylvania's political geography or the application of traditional districting principles", she said in a cities and towns.
The current 10th District includes all or parts of 15 counties in northeast and central Pennsylvania, including part of Lackawanna, all of Susquehanna, Wayne and Pike and part of Monroe.