In a major victory for Democrats, a panel of federal judges at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania rejected on Monday the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s attempt to block the state Supreme Court’s new congressional maps from going into effect.
“The Plaintiffs invite us to opine on the appropriate balance of power between the Commonwealth‟s legislature and judiciary in redistricting matters, and then to pass judgment on the propriety of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court‟s actions under the United States Constitution,” the opinion read.
“These are things that, on the present record, we cannot do.”
The Hill added:
Top Pennsylvania Republican officials had joined with Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation to challenge the new map, which was drawn by the state Supreme Court after it struck down the old maps as unconstitutional. The state court had given the state legislature and the governor a short period to agree on a new plan, but the sides couldn’t reach a compromise.
The new lines have been seen as a boon for Democrats, who stand to benefit electorally from the new lines.