Without making an endorsement, Governor Wolf released a map for Pennsylvania’s 17 congressional districts on Saturday. His statements explain his view that this map as well as “the ‘citizens’ map’ drawn through the Draw the Lines project of Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based good-government group . . . [are] better than the one the Republican-controlled legislature is advancing.” Pennsylvania’s congressional districts will be drawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court if the Governor and the Republican legislature cannot reach an agreement by January 30th.
Disclosure: I served on the Governor’s Redistricting Advisory Council. The Council drew up principles for the Governor to use in assessing the fairness of proposals for the state’s congressional districts. The Council had no involvement in the production of the map released today or the creation of the citizen’s map from the Committee of Seventy.