I have long said that gerrymandering is wrong and the current map is unfair. I will not accept a partisan gerrymander or a map that is unchanged from the one drawn in 2011. https://t.co/pK4JcM6iyf
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 22, 2018
PA progressives made a real effort to turn out the vote in the last judicial elections (which normally has abysmal turnout), and yesterday it paid off. Because enough Dems turned out to take all the open seats, and we got this ruling:
PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state’s congressional map “clearly, plainly and palpably” violates the state constitution and blocked its use in the May 2018 primaries.
Now, here’s the thing. Unlike North Carolina, this ruling is based on the state constitution and there’s no basis for a federal appeal. And although Repugs have announced they will appeal to the Supreme Court, SCOTUS is unlikely to grant cert and hear the case.
Unless, of course, they decide to do a Bush v. Gore and make up some new rules — again. Stay tuned.