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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has released a new map of the state's congressional districts, correcting what it deemed an unfair advantage to Republicans. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report about what the map means for Pennsylvania's political calculus.

Imagine that in a roughly 50-50 state, we were able to see all of the possible compact maps that didn't split political boundaries. Suppose that the average map would elect 11 Republicans and seven Democrats in a neutral year, that the most Republican-friendly map would elect 12 Republicans and six ...
The new map will fundamentally rejigger the state's politics and, at first glance, will make Democrats much more competitive in a state that has leaned ... in both Pennsylvania and in the fight for control of the House nationally, I reached to out my friend Jonathan Tamari, the national political reporter for the ...
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is imposing a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections, meeting its deadline to do so and likely setting up a ... The Democratic-majority state high court ruled last month that Pennsylvania's district boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
Republican Rick Saccone, center, and Democrat Connor Lamb, right, are prepped for the taping of their first debate in the special election in the Pa., 18th Congressional District at the KDKA TV studios, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The debate was recorded in the afternoon and scheduled to be ...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, center, accompanied by state House Minority Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, right, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Joe Markosek, left, D-Allegheny, discuss state budget negotiations at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania's high ...
(AP) — Pennsylvania's high court imposed a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a ... University of Florida political science doctoral student Brian Amos said Democrat Hillary Clinton beat Republican Donald Trump in eight of 18 districts in ...
Republicans who controlled the Legislature and governor's office after the 2010 census drew boundaries that broke decades of precedent, split up cities and produced contorted districts to help maintain a big Republican advantage in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation. They succeeded: Republicans ...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court is on the cusp Monday of imposing a new congressional district map to take effect for the state's 2018 elections, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and boosting the party's quest to capture control of the U.S. House.
Maria Panaritis is a columnist who strikes across Pennsylvania and its most populated region -- the political battleground Pennsylvania suburbs. She aims for any story that cuts through the ... But politics — even when you're on the upswing — can be a bitter pill. Hence, the nausea. On Friday, hours after ...
Pennsylvania's oldest political comedy show, Gridiron, is coming ... The 87th Gridiron political comedy show will be held April 23 at the Harrisburg Hilton. ... The show is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents' Association, a nonprofit established to advance journalistic endeavors of ...
For many in the district, Lamb's political independence, should he win, is a key factor. Though advertisements from the National Republican Congressional Committee and others have attempted to paint the 33-year-old Democrat as a liberal in the mold of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ...
Pennsylvania's congressional district map was so tortured in a bid to favor Republicans that making boundaries more compact and reducing county splits in key areas will naturally favor Democrats, said Christopher Borick, a pollster and political science professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
HARRISBURG — President Donald Trump on Thursday postponed a campaign rally scheduled for next week in the Pittsburgh area, the early political hotspot of 2018's congressional elections. Trump's campaign said the decision was out of respect and sympathy for the victims and survivors of the Florida ...
“The creation of a truly independent citizens redistricting commission devoid of political motivation or partisanship will help ensure a fair and accurate legislation and congressional redistricting process that respects political subdivisions, will prohibit districts from being drawn to favor or discriminate against ...
The Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee, Penn Government and Politics Association, and Penn Democrats co-hosted an event for Boyle, a Democratic ... It supports “the U.S.-Israel alliance through involvement in the American political process” and works “on and off Penn's campus to bolster support for a ...

Retiring Pa. lawmakers look to keep seats in the family. By; Katie Meyer, WITF ... Pennsylvania House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (left), D-Clinton, and Rep. ... Two top Democrats are retiring from the Pennsylvania House this year — and have more in common than just their high-ranking positions. Minority ...
In January, the state's Supreme Court ruled the legislature illegally gerrymandered its political districts to shut out Democrats. (Jeff Swensen for The Washington Post ... Pennsylvania "is a [centrist] state where, traditionally, politics are played between the 45-yard-lines," Li says. "I think what's happening in ...
Finnigan, whom I spoke by phone with recently, was writing in 2015 and even years before that the political intelligentsia had it wrong: Pennsylvania was ... Democrats have reason to feel good about Pennsylvania in 2018, with Trump's abysmal approval ratings, the natural momentum for minority parties in ...
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania's Republican Party is endorsing candidates closely identified with President Donald Trump in contested primaries to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Saturday's endorsements of gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and Senate ...
True pension reform rolling back the Legislature's own blunders in vastly increasing benefits without funding them, rather than the minor tweaks that lawmakers have enacted, itself would put the state on sound footing. As always, budgetary and political paralysis at the Capitol is due to a lack of political will ...
Steve Rosenthal, a Democratic consultant with deep ties to labor unions, including serving as the political director of the AFL-CIO during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, said the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District is an “interesting dry run” for what ...
In a statement Tuesday, David Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, accused Wolf of “putting politics first by proposing additional energy taxes that will make hiring and investing in Pennsylvania more difficult for local job creators, small businesses and manufacturers.” Drillers do pay the ...
"The five Justices who signed this order that blatantly and clearly contradicts the plain language of the Pennsylvania Constitution, engaged in misbehavior in office," a memo from Dush read. "Each is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office and disqualification to hold any office or ...
“This is a litmus test for the political year,” said Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Glenn Thompson, who spent Friday afternoon at a rally for Saccone headlined by Pence. "Obviously, there's a lot at stake for everybody in politics with this special election race." Pence lavished praise on Saccone during a 22-minute ...
Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the map was drawn primarily for political purposes -- and, therefore, violated the state's constitution. ... "The plan ruthlessly sewed the state, particularly the Philadelphia suburbs, into a crazy quilt," reads the Almanac of American Politics on the map.
A special election next month in a Pennsylvania district that went big for President Donald Trump in 2016 could provide early signs of whether Democrats can retake the House in November, or whether Trump supporters can help keep Republicans in power. The deep-red 18th Congressional District in the ...
“I can't remember when this many seats were up,” said pollster and political scientist Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. “It might have been Watergate, but back then people were voted out of office. They didn't leave on their own.” Republicans ...
Because, of course, of politics. Because back in 2015, three Democrats (Philly's Kevin Dougherty, Pittsburgh's David Wecht, Pittsburgh's Christine Donohue), mostly with money from labor and lawyers, way outspent GOP opponents in the nation's costliest Supreme Court race and won three seats on the ...
As Pennsylvania gears up for another (likely bruising) political season in 2018, here are some top people and trends to keep an eye on. ... Worse than losing his top two advisors may be a resurgent interest in ward politics by younger voters who helped put outsider candidates Larry Krasner and Rebecca ...
No GOP-endorsed candidate has lost Pennsylvania's gubernatorial primary in 40 years. Still, an endorsement of Wagner would represent a break with a tradition of backing establishment-style candidates. Wagner was endorsed by Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former strategist who, ...
Given the current toxic political climate, the 2018 congressional elections are likely going to be among the most divisive, hardest-fought midterm elections in U.S. history. Penn's ... Saccone is one of the most conservative lawmakers in the Pennsylvania Legislature, while Lamb is largely a political unknown.
As the 2018 election campaign is set to begin in earnest, a leading gay-rights advocacy group has some advice for Pennsylvania office-seekers: Don't think you can win by running roughshod over LGBT citizens. “Likely voters across Pennsylvania overwhelmingly support LGBTQ-inclusive policies and are ...
“This district as a whole is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment type of place and the Republican nominee is kind of standard issue conservative Republican on those issues,” said Christopher Nicholas, a Republican political consultant based in Pennsylvania. “The district is not going to elect someone who ...
Leanne Krueger-Braneky, who — in the spirit of Santa Claus, perhaps — has been flying all over the political map in recent days, speaking up and taking a stand for a fast-spreading revolution in female empowerment that must be gaining some traction if it's actually reached Pennsylvania, the state where ...
In a defeat for conservatives and a win for union solidarity, the Republican-controlled Legislature has rejected a bill that would have weakened labor's political footing. Senate Bill 166, which the House shot down Tuesday night in a 102-90 vote, would have prohibited state, county and local governments ...
Pennsylvania Political Consultant Lied to FBI. Russiagate's Media Problems ; Will Politics Ruin the #MeToo Movement? ...and More Picks. Robert Brady. Lying to FBI: A Democratic political consultant, Donald Jones, pleads guilty to lying to the FBI. The case involved payment of $90,000 to an opponent of ...
Democrats in Pennsylvania have called for a state lawmaker to resign after he rebuked a male colleague with language criticized as homophobic. The viral moment sparked by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from western Pennsylvania known for his conservative views, occurred Tuesday at an ...
The Pennsylvania Legislature moved a step closer to preventing governments from deducting political donations from unionized workers' paychecks — and protect lawmakers' ability to mix work and politics. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House approved Senate Bill 166 that prohibits state, county ...
An attorney for the group challenging Pennsylvania's congressional boundaries told a panel of federal judges Monday he would seek to show that they ... since voters elect members of Congress in their own districts and not statewide, and that politics has always been an accepted part of the redistricting ...
Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's legislature released a map of new congressional districts to replace the current boundaries, which were ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. Gov. Wolf has until Thursday to approve or reject the plan. Here are the current districts in the Philadelphia area, ...
This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a 139-page opinion detailing why it rejected the state's Republican-drawn congressional districts for "clearly, plainly, and palpably" violating the state's Constitution. The ruling is a scathing indictment of political gerrymandering, the process by which ...
The sit-in demonstrations will aim to hold 16 Pennsylvania Republican members of Congress responsible for Trump's plans to end the ...
Pennsylvania House Republicans unveil budget plan with no tax hikes ... credit rating due to political instability, falling revenue and rising costs.
Pennsylvania State Representative John Taylor will not seek re-election. (Image from John Taylor's YouTube video Fighting Squatters in our ...
Pa. Congressmen Reaction Is Mixed To Trump's DACA Immigration ... “My hope is that we don't play political games with it, especially with the ...
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to campaign Tuesday for ...
Democratic Soul-Searching in One Pennsylvania House Race ... real estate agent, an IT consultant, and a political outsider who has worked in education. ... He has been endorsed by New Politics, a bipartisan group backing ...
Representative Lou Barletta, Republican of Pennsylvania, speaking with ... But it also shows the political headwinds the Republicans face: The .... who is a longtime observer of politics in Pennsylvania, say Mr. Casey will be ...


 

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