“In a case that could force the redrawing of congressional maps before the 2018 elections, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday ordered the Commonwealth Court to decide a gerrymandering lawsuit by the end of the year.” The “result could have national implications.” Redrawn lines “could give Democrats a boost in competitive,” suburban Philadelphia districts, such as those held by Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 08), Ryan Costello (R-PA 06), and Pat Meehan (R-PA 07), “as they push to take control of the” House.
“The high court’s 4-3 vote overturned a decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pelligrini, who last month ordered a stay in the league’s suit pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a similar case out of Wisconsin. But the league asked the state high court to fast-track the case. … Experts view Pennsylvania as one of the nation’s most gerrymandered states, with congressional and legislative boundaries drawn to partisan advantage. While Pennsylvania’s voters are fairly evenly split between the parties, Republicans have 13 of the state’s 18 seats in the” House. (Philadelphia Inquirer)