Partisan fight simmers over crucial Pennsylvania state House redistricting plan

Partisan fight simmers over crucial Pennsylvania state House redistricting plan
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A partisan fight is emerging in Pennsylvania over the state House redistricting process after the commission tasked with drawing new legislative maps released a proposal last week that could significantly increase Democrats’ representation in the state government. “The clear goal of those in favor of this map is to gain control through rigging district lines, and not by the will of the people through fair and honest elections,” Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, a Republican, said last week. The body that redraws the state’s legislature’s district lines is called the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission. It consists of the Republican and Democrat leaders of the two legislative chambers in the state plus a chairman who is either selected by those leaders or by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court if they cannot agree on a chair.The commission passed a proposal for a new House map last week on a 3–2 vote. It is now subject to a 30-day public comment period during which commission members may make changes to the map. 
Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, a Republican, decried a proposed new map for the Pennsylvan …

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