Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Will the primary be pushed back?

Now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has tossed out a controversial plan to redraw the boundaries for the state House and state Senate districts, another question remains: Will the April 24 primary election be pushed back?

“It has not been delayed yet,” said Erik Arneson, a spokesman for state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, on Monday. “We are not eager to pursue that, but it is possible that it will have to be done.”

A five-member Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved the process for legislative redistricting in a 4-1 vote in December.

The commission members include Pileggi, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny; House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny; House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny; and Stephen McEwen, a Republican former Delaware County district attorney who was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as chairman.

Democrats are arguing that there is not enough time to create a new plan before the primary and that the 2001 boundaries should be used in this upcoming election cycle.

But Republicans are arguing that it would be unconstitutional to use the 2001 boundaries since there were population shifts since then.

Here are more details.

UPDATE 2-9: Judge threw out Pileggi and GOP's challenge.

What do you think about this issue?


Blogger CharlieSix said...

The vote of the Commission was 4-1 in favor of approval. That means that one of the two Democratic leaders voted in favor of it. How the Court can now overturn the decision is seriously questionable. What is clearly a Constitutional responsibility of the Legistature should not now be within the authority of the Supreme Court to overturn. There is more at stake than the 2012 district boundaries with this decision.

February 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM 
Blogger Danielle Lynch said...

Interesting points you make there, Charlie.

February 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM 

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