Democrats change redistribution rules – thereporteronline
Pennsylvania, like every other state in the nation, is now engaged in the process of redrawing legislative and legislative constituencies. In most states, the process is controlled by a single party, with Republicans holding power in more states than Democrats. Republicans are further advantaged by a shift in population, and hence from congressional districts, to the southern states.
As is often the case when they can’t win by following the rules, Democrats are looking to change the rules. Although Pennsylvania is one of the few states with a divided power dynamic – Republicans control the legislature and the governor is a Democrat – Democrats and their allies in mainstream media have for months been weaving the big lie that the system is rigged in favor of Republicans. .
The process for passing new Congressional constituency lines is exactly the same as the process for passing any law. The new card will be presented as a bill that must win a majority of votes in the state House and Senate and then be signed by the governor. Committees of both houses of the legislature hold hearings and have established mechanisms for public participation. If you think the law-making process is fair, then it follows that the congressional redistribution process is fair.
A left-wing group known as Fair Districts PA (which should be called Democrat Districts PA instead) attempted to change the ground rules by replacing this process with a citizens’ commission that supposedly brought no political bias. at the table. This was, of course, a totally unrealistic expectation and the group’s efforts to reverse the process failed.
But the left is nothing if not persistent. Having failed to supplant the constitutional process with a citizens’ commission, they are now working hard to pervert the procedures with adjustments intended either to give Democrats the advantage or to lay the groundwork for legal challenges.
For example, a parallel effort is underway to redesign the state’s legislative constituencies. This process is significantly different in that a committee made up of the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate as well as an “independent” member will draw the lines.
Although these are two separate processes, the underlying legal requirements for drawing district boundaries are the same for Congressional Redistribution and Legislative Redistribution. The left made its first ploy to change the rules of the Legislative Redistribution Commission by seeking to ensure that inmates held in state prisons were counted among the population of the region in which they previously resided rather than the district where the correctional facility – their current residence – is located.
This seemingly innocuous change would have a big impact. Most correctional facilities are located in smaller, more rural – and therefore more Republican-leaning – communities, while the prison population largely comes from more democratic urban areas. The change in the location of the enumeration of this population could lead to a shift from neighborhoods to urban areas.
Independent commissioner former Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh Mark Nordenberg initially sided with the Democrats in approving the change. But the Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, proposed a compromise that would count any inmate whose sentence extended beyond 2030 in the prison location, those whose sentences were due to expire. before this date would be counted in their place of pre-incarceration. This satisfied Nordenberg who then voted with the Republicans to pass the compromise.
This is just one of many efforts by the left to change the ground rules to do exactly what it claims to oppose: maps of gerrymandered legislative and legislative constituencies. So, the big lie: their goal is not “fair trade” neighborhoods, but rather gerrymandered neighborhoods to their advantage.
And the left has a trump card. Nationally, Democrats are following a “prosecution to the end” strategy, which means what they cannot get by following the rules they will seek to accomplish in court. In Pennsylvania, a highly political and activist State Supreme Court has already reorganized the district lines of Congress once. There is no reason to believe that they will not do it again.
The stakes are high – the US House of Representatives is almost evenly divided, and majority control largely depends on the outcome of the congressional redistribution process. Given their past success in stealing elections by changing the rules, Democrats are implementing the same strategy with redistribution. Beware of Republicans.
Lowman S. Henry is President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly American Radio Journal and Lincoln Radio Journal. His email address is [email protected]