Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map For 2018 Elections

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday afternoon released a new congressional map for use in the 2018 elections — the result of a decision from the court earlier this month that the existing map is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander under the state's constitution.

Under the challenged map, only 5 of the state's 18 congressional districts are represented by Democrats — despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the swing state.

Republican lawmakers had asked the US Supreme Court to step in and halt the state court's opinion from going into effect, but Justice Samuel Alito — who oversees requests from Pennsylvania — denied the request.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new congressional map

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new map for the state's congressional districts Monday and analysts said it's a "dream come true" for Democrats.

The court had invalidated the old map, drawn by the GOP legislature, that had been used for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections, deeming it a ...

Tom Rooney will not seek re-election: Report

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Bredesen urges tighter mental illness checks for guns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen says the Florida school shooting shows the need for more rigorous background checks to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people.

Wading into a politically treacherous issue, the former Tennessee governor said Monday he's a longtime gun ...

Reynolds says feds, not state should discuss gun laws

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Reynolds told reporters Monday "the federal government has to play a role" in deciding possible firearm restrictions. She says ...

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The Latest: GOP to take new congressional map to court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on Pennsylvania's congressional gerrymandering case (all times local):

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Republicans say they'll go to federal court this week to try to block new court-ordered boundaries of Pennsylvania's congressional districts from remaining in effect for 2018's elections.

Top Senate Republican lawyer Drew Crompton said ...

Sexual misconduct scandal envelops California Legislature

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Jeh Johnson: Trump Admin Must Handle Russian Meddling Threat

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