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GOP muscles judicial election change into redistricting bill
cumberlink.com ^ | 6/12/18 | MARK SCOLFORO

Posted on 06/15/2018 1:59:38 PM PDT by cotton1706

HARRISBURG — Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday moved to capitalize on the political momentum behind adopting a less partisan redistricting system to overhaul how state appeals judges are elected, drawing howls of protest from Democrats.

The GOP majority muscled provisions into a redistricting bill so that appeals court judges would be elected by district, rather than statewide. The measure would address long-standing Republican complaints that candidates from the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions win a disproportionate share of statewide judicial races, compared to candidates from the rest of the state.

The vote was 31-18, with every Democrat and two Republicans voting no. Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth court judges would be phased out as their current terms expire, and the courts would gradually be filled by those elected from districts.

If voters approve the bill's citizens' commission, the commission will draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts.

The move comes amid Republican backlash over Pennsylvania's Democratic-majority Supreme Court overturning the state's GOP-drawn map of congressional districts earlier this year.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: elections; redistricting
The judges want to get involved in redistricting, well then they can participate...by district!
1 posted on 06/15/2018 1:59:38 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Good news from PA! I hope it passes.

The Framers would freak out at judicially-drawn districts.


2 posted on 06/15/2018 2:09:30 PM PDT by Jacquerie (ArticleVBlog.com)
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To: cotton1706

Poetic justice!

Of course, you can count on Gov. Wolf to veto it. But it makes sense, geographical diversity and all. The left woships diversity as long as there is no diversity of opinion to deviate from the party line.

The GOP proposal looked just as clean or cleaner than the court mandated proposal, but they rejected it without comment. One reason is because Westmoreland County (who supplied all the margin and then some for Trump to win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes) wasn't divided under the GOP proposal.

3 posted on 06/15/2018 2:15:06 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (ObaMao: Fake America, Fake Messiah, Fake Black man. How many fakes can you fit into one Zer0?)
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To: cotton1706; carriage_hill; Daveinyork; Nextrush; P.O.E.
I'm a redneck from the T of midstate PA.

When we vote for appellate court judges I look at the county behind each name and ONLY vote for candidates from other than Philadelphia or Allegheny Co.

4 posted on 06/15/2018 4:13:05 PM PDT by lightman (ANTIFA is full of Bolshevik.)
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To: cotton1706

Great news. Judges think they are above the law, they fought the law and the law won.


5 posted on 06/15/2018 5:46:27 PM PDT by Midwesterner53
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To: cotton1706

As a PA resident who got messed over in the redistricting of PA-30 Congressional district, I’m following this with interest.


6 posted on 06/15/2018 7:21:18 PM PDT by Ciexyz (I have one issue and it's my economic well-being.)
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To: cotton1706

Great news...


7 posted on 06/16/2018 3:01:19 AM PDT by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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To: lightman

I vote for as many Conservatives as I can.
Heh.


8 posted on 06/17/2018 8:44:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.)
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To: carriage_hill

You must let me know if you find one from Philadelphia or Allegheny County. LOL.


9 posted on 06/17/2018 9:08:58 AM PDT by lightman (ANTIFA is full of Bolshevik.)
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To: cotton1706

howls of protest from Democrats.

I was thinking of nailing one of their feet to the floor
and putting the hammer just out of reach...


10 posted on 06/17/2018 9:11:17 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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