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Pennsylvania is about to enter a constitutional crisis over its redistricting law

A Jan. 22 Supreme Court ruling, found that state Republicans “clearly, plainly and palpably violate[d] the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and, on that sole basis,” in striking down the state’s gerrymandered districts. Under that ruling, Scarnati had until Feb. 9 to redraw district boundaries; and if he didn’t, it would be up to the state’s governor, Tom Wolf — a Democrat — to do it.

But there’s a bigger problem lurking in the distance. In Washington, Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved. Last month, it was certain that the Court wouldn’t, because the state court cited the state’s Constitution. Were Washington to take interest, it could be seen as federal overreach.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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