Drawing Lines For Power
- A Democrat court re-draws Pennsylvania's Congressional district lines to favor Democrats in an attempt to win back the House of Representatives.
- The Democrats have a good shot when you add in the GOP seats that could be lost in high tax states like New York and California which were screwed over in the tax reform package.
(Washington Examiner) - The new congressional district map released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday not only completely renumbered every district in the state, but also knocked both Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone out of the seat they are running for in the special election race less than a month away.
The plan also divides the city of Philadelphia into only two congressional seats instead of the current three. It also splits 13 counties, nine of them into two districts, and four into three.
The new map comes weeks after the state high court ruled that the map drawn in 2011 by Republicans was an unacceptable partisan gerrymander.
The court on Monday also allowed for a revised nomination petition calendar for candidates running for U.S. House, moving the nominating period to end March 20, keeping the primary election on schedule for May 15.
"The new map gives the Democrats a nice chance to win at least 8 to 10 of the newly redrawn seats, a nice leap from the current disadvantage of holding only 5 of the 18 seats," said Mike Mikus a Democratic strategist based in Western Pennsylvania.
In short, it completely unravels the Republicans' advantage and actively helps Democrats through some creative geography.
“This new map, as long as it withstands the legal challenge, is certainly good news for the Democrats. I see no reason under this map that Democrats can’t pick up three to five seats,” said Mikus.
Looking at the new 17th District, where Lamb might run, Mikus says any traditional Democrat could win it, “and possibly a more progressive candidate as well.”
Republican leadership in the state house vowed the fight to stop the map from being implemented and indicated they would challenge it in the Supreme Court.Read More . . . .
It's as old as the Republic
Printed in March 1812, this political cartoon was drawn in reaction to the newly drawn state senate election district of South Essex created by the Massachusetts legislature to favor the Democratic-Republican Party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists.
The caricature satirizes the bizarre shape of a district in Essex County, Massachusetts, as a dragon-like "monster". Federalist newspaper editors and others at the time likened the district shape to a salamander, and the word gerrymander was a blend of that word and Governor Gerry's last name. (More)