Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For Governing Health

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For Governing Health

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Republicans, take the long view on gerrymandering.

The recent state Supreme Court ruling confirming the partisan biases of our current congressional district lines was a tremendous gift to Pennsylvania voters. But if we don't want every map contested with costly lawsuits and bounced from courts to governors, we need a long-term fix. There are many Democrats looking forward to the day when the majority is back in their hands and they can flip the tables on their political opponents. As a citizen, I don't want flip-flopping, and neither should any politician invested in good governance and functional democracy. We need a fair, math-based, independent process for how we draw our districts in this state, which can be brought about only by amending our state constitution.

And the only way to get this fixed before the 2020 census triggers another redrawing is to pass one of the bipartisan bills currently held up in committee in both the House (H. …

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