Breaking: Pennsylvania Republican Legislative Leaders Petition Justice Alito AGAIN to Block Pa Congressional Redistricting Plan Ordered by State Supreme Court

You can find the new petition here. The petition will go to Justice Alito, who can decide the matter himself or refer to the entire Court. Last time Justice Alito decided the matter himself, after asking for a response from the … Continue reading

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“Republican challenge to Pennsylvania map likely to fail; For Republicans, it’s not clear yet what legal avenue they plan to proceed with first, or the relief for which they will ask”

Politico reports. UPDATE:  Looks like Pa Republican leaders opposed to the state Supreme Court redistricting remedy will file a SCOTUS petition AND a new separate federal district court lawsuit. Here’s why both are likely to fail. … Continue reading

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“Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Motion Seeking Relief in the 2018 Midterm Election Cycle For Georgia Voters Impacted By Unlawful Gerrymandering”

Release via email: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction in its lawsuit against the Georgia Secretary of State that seeks to remedy an unlawful racial gerrymander. The lawsuit concerns Atlanta metro … Continue reading

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Pa Supreme Court on 4-3 Vote Adopts Advisor Nate Persily’s Maps for Pennsylvania Congressional Redistricting; GOP’s Litigation Options Do Not Look Good

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court (with three dissents) [links below] has adopted  Nate Persily’s maps for redrawing congressional districts. (One of the districts–18—looks surprisingly like Penn State’s Nittany Lion.) Philly Inquirer: Its plan splits only 13 counties. Of those, four counties are … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Governor Rejects Republican Legislative Leaders’ Proposed Districting Plan, Meaning Special Master Will Draw Congressional Districts

Gov. statement:  Governor Tom Wolf today told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that he will not accept the proposed map Republican legislative leaders submitted because it, too, is a partisan gerrymander that does not comply with the court’s order or Pennsylvania’s … Continue reading

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“California Local Redistricting Project Releases New Tool to Facilitate Local Redistricting Reform”

Release: Today, the California Local Redistricting Project – a joint project of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law’s Capital Center for Law & Policy and California Common Cause – announced the release of a new tool to enable local governments to fight redistricting … Continue reading

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Jim Gardner Analysis of PA Redistricting Decision: “Federalism complicates the analysis as a state court opens a second front in the struggle against gerrymandering”

The following is a guest post from the great Jim Gardner: {Note from Rick: You can find 139 pages of the majority opinion and maps at this link, as well as a concurring and dissenting opinion and two dissenting opinions.] On January 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued … Continue reading

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Understanding the Supreme Court’s Two Orders in the North Carolina Gerrymandering Cases, and How It Fits into the Bigger Picture

Yesterday (when I was on the road), the Supreme Court issued two orders related to redistricting cases. In the North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case (involving congressional districts), the Supreme Court denied a motion by Common Cause to expedite consideration of … Continue reading

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League of Women Voters Files SCOTUS Opposition to Stay in Pa Congressional Gerrymandering Case; SCOTUS May Rule in This and NC Stay Case At Any Time

Here: Applicants’ ostensible hook for federal intervention is an Elections Clause theory that this Court has squarely rejected in decisions dating back nearly a century. To accept Applicants’ theory, this Court would need to overrule no fewer than six of … Continue reading

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