“U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Wednesday asked participants in a key Pennsylvania gerrymandering case to respond to a request from top Republican lawmakers that the nation’s highest court step in and block the new congressional map. … He made a similar move a few weeks ago after” State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai “filed essentially the same request to step in.” Alito ultimately denied “the request without comment and without referring it to the whole court. … Experts have said the current request for a stay is a long shot, especially because it is so similar to the previous one.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
PA-01: “The Bucks County Democratic committee has thrown its support behind” philanthropist Scott Wallace (D) “at the committee’s endorsement meeting last weekend at Klinger Middle School in Upper Southampton.” Wallace “quickly earned the support of party leaders in Bucks County, including an appearance in his announcement video by Diane Ellis-Marseglia, the Democratic county commissioner. Wallace was officially endorsed last week by the remaining Democratic county row officers, Sheriff Milt Warrell, Prothonotary Judi Reiss, Recorder of Deeds Robin Robinson and Controller Neale Dougherty.” (Doylestown Intelligencer)
PA-05: Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland (D) announced a run for retiring Rep. Pat Meehan’s (R) newly redrawn seat in Delaware County. “Kirkland put firearm reforms, education funding and infrastructure projects at the top of his legislative agenda if elected.” (Delaware County Times)
PA-10: Former PA-16 nominee Christina Hartman (D) “is shutting down her campaign for Lancaster County’s seat in Congress — opting instead to run in the neighboring Harrisburg-based district” held by Rep. Scott Perry (R) “that became more friendly to Democrats under the state’s new congressional district map. … Hartman is stepping away from the area where she’s been running for the better part of the last two-and-a-half years, where she lives in Lancaster city and where she grew up in Manheim Township.”
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D), “who lives in the 10th district, considered running but he announced Monday he won’t even though he said an analysis of the map showed he could win.” (Lancaster Online)
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