Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Support a Bipartisan Plan for Fair Redistricting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Support a Bipartisan Plan for Fair Redistricting

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Pennsylvania's Constitution designates a Legislative Reapportionment Commission to draw district boundaries. The commission is made up of the majority leaders of the House and the Senate and the minority leaders of the House and the Senate. These four politicians then elect a fifth person as chair. These have traditionally been white, Protestant, male lawyers steeped in politics. The 2011 redistricting process was so Byzantine that our Supreme Court finally threw up its hands and adopted the least bad plan. Pennsylvania is the third-most gerrymandered state in the union. Its bizarre districts are held up to public derision. We voted 49 percent Democratic but have five Democratic and 13 Republican members of the U.S. House.

Our state legislators know that we can do better! Nine alternative redistricting bills were introduced this year, by both Republicans and Democrats. …

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