Courthouse News: Court-Fashioned Pennsylvania Redistricting Divides GOP, Experts

Lana Morelli
Feb 20, 2018
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Unveiled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after state lawmakers failed to revise gerrymandered election districts, the new maps sparked applause by nonpartisan experts but GOP outrage Tuesday. “Your Original was correct,” President Donald Trump tweeted this morning, calling on the Republican-led Pennsylvania Legislature to appeal. “Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!”

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The Campaign Legal Center, which filed an amicus brief in support of the redistricting, called out the president Tuesday for defending the old map. “Trump is out of step with the majority of Americans and there is overwhelming support for the courts to end partisan gerrymandering,” Corey Goldstone, a media strategist for the campaign, said in a phone interview. “The process in PA has allowed for public input and the use of technology to draw fair maps. And the results are good! The new map is better than the old map.”

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