Analysis finds GOP skew in Pennsylvania plan

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Pennsylvania lurched another step closer to non-gerrymandered congressional districts last Friday.

Wolf complained that some key areas are divided, pointing to the fact that Montgomery County would be split four times, and said the Wilkes-Barre area appears to be "divided without explanation" into two districts.

Montgomery County's total population of almost 800,000 should be enough for the county to have one dedicated representative in Washington, Rafferty told the board, because the average congressional district in the state contains roughly 710,000 people - but because of the current map, Montgomery County is now split between five different districts.

"This serves no legal objective, was not a requirement of the court and voters will have months and many means to obtain information on candidates and the districts before voting", the governor wrote.

"He does have some leverage and the leverage that the governor has is "hey if I don't approve this it does go to the Supreme Court" and they might come up with a resolution that's even worse for Republicans", said Borick.

Wolf says he based his decision after conferring with a team which included Professor Moon DUchin and Princeton University professor Sam Wang.

". It is a naked partisan gerrymander just as much as the unconstitutional 2011 map".

But that's contingent on a new map being in place. If not, the court has indicated it may develop one of its own.

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. In her analysis, she found that the only generated map more skewed than the GOP's proposal is the current congressional map.

In other words, Republicans did it again.

The state Supreme Court has one more Democrat than Republican and made its initial ruling along party lines.

The rebuke from Republicans was swift.

The Senate majority leader Tuesday accused the governor of trying to run out the clock in order to leave the map-making to the high court. Five Democratic justices issued the majority order on January 22 with no backup opinion explaining how the map was unconstitutional and how the Legislature should remedy it. But Corman says there's no time under the court's deadlines for Pennsylvania's Legislature to pass a new map.

When you peel back the numbers on that race, you discover about 30 percent of people who lived in the general district were black.

Top Senate GOP lawyer Drew Crompton maintained that the court forced Republicans to cut corners, because justices didn't issue their full opinion until three days before the maps were due.

Crompton said mapmakers further took into account something he called the "confusion factor"-how many Pennsylvanians would suddenly find themselves in a totally new district with a new representative".

Corman, Turzai, and some Republican staffers met briefly with Wolf on Tuesday afternoon.

The map was submitted to the governor this past Friday, weeks after the Pa.