Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Federal Judges Won't Issue Stay against Map

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Federal Judges Won't Issue Stay against Map

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HARRISBURG - Republican efforts to block Pennsylvania's new congressional districts map suffered a setback Friday when a federal three-judge panel declined to issue an emergency order to prevent it from taking effect.

Instead, the judges scheduled a hearing for March 9 to consider arguments on whether they should block the maps from being used in the upcoming primary and general elections.

The judges, in a filing issued late Friday, said they favored "an opportunity for all parties to be heard" and intend to "proceed on an expedited basis."

The case was filed Thursday by two state senators and eight congressmen from Pennsylvania, all Republicans. They argued that the Democrat-controlled state Supreme Court, when it ruled the prior map unconstitutional and imposed a new one, violated the elections clause of the U. …

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