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Right here's what the brand new Pa. congressional map may appear like

Right here's what the brand new Pa. congressional map may appear like

The map by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati would reduce dozens of municipal or county divisions while keeping almost 70 percent of state residents in their existing districts.

Though GOP leaders are confident the new map will pass legal muster, they must secure the approval of the state's Democratic governor, Gov. Tom Wolf.

Some - if not many - of the finer points of the old map that have drawn criticism were addressed. "The districts limit splits dramatically". Populous Montgomery County in the suburbs would be divided among four districts, rather than five.

"I don't know how many districts Trump won" or how any district performed for any candidate, Crompton said. "Confusion for voters has been minimized". Democratic appointees have a 5-2 majority on the court.

Governor Wolf, in a statement, said he would review the new map, but also quipped that he thinks the court's order did not appear to allow for two individuals to draw up new district boundaries on behalf of the entire legislature.

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The previous meetings came after rounds of global talks aimed at eliminating the North's nuclear program, which eventually failed. South and North Korea technically remain at war, since the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Crompton said the map will be turned into legislation but a decision about whether to bring it up for floor votes early next week will partially depend on the response from Wolf.

They argued that violated the court order's discussion of "enactment of a remedial congressional districting plan". Pennsylvania is a swing state in presidential elections and Democrats have a winning record in recent statewide elections, but Republicans hold firm majorities in both legislative chambers. Pennsylvania Democrats claim the new map does not substantially alter this status quo.

The Republican-crafted 2011 congressional map has resulted in a 13-to-5 GOP edge in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation for the past three elections. "A 9-9 balance in a state like this would be fairest". The Turzai-Scarnati map would split 32 counties and municipalities, 62 fewer than the 2011 map.

If approved, the proposed blueprint would replace the current congressional district lines, struck down by the state Supreme Court as illegally gerrymandered last month. If the governor and the legislature can not agree on a new map by February 15, the state Supreme Court will generate its own.

The 18th Congressional District seat has been vacant since Republican Tim Murphy resigned in October 2017.


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