Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Map Quest: It's business as usual in Pa.

A Wolf in sheep's clothing?

We'll see.

There is a potential political and constitutional showdown brewing in the state Capitol.

It's all about redistricting - basically the shape of the state's 18 Congressional districts.

The current maps got tossed out by the court, which found them to be a classic case of partisan gerrymandering, that being when politicians bend and twist the borders of a district to benefit their own party.

Our legislators - both Republican and Democrat - wouldn't do that, would they?

You bet they would.

Now it has to be fixed.

That's going to be easier said than done.

Republicans managed to beat a deadline late Friday when they submitted their plan to Gov. Tom Wolf, as ordered by the court. But Gov. Wolf Tuesday rejected the new GOP maps, saying they were just as 'gerrymandered as the ones that caused the problem in the first place.

Now the two sides are lobbing accusations at each other.

In other words, pretty much business as usual in Harrisburg.

You can get the latest details here.

In the meantime, the nation's eyes will soon be riveted on Delaware County and what promises to be one of the most high-profile - and expensive - Congressional races in the 2018 mid-terms.

That would be the battle for the 7th District seat being vacated by incumbent Republican Rep. Pat Meehan, who opted not to run again after being embroiled in controversy over the use of taxpayer money to settle a sex harassment complaint filed by a former staffer.

There is no shortage of people lined up seeking both parties nominations. Now all we need to know is what shape the district they are supposed to represent in D.C. will be.

It's on our editorial page.

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