GERRYMANDER: Here's the map of the 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
Even Republican Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
wouldn't have the U.S. Supreme Court interfere with a Pennsylvania Supreme Court r
uling that the state constitution invalidates a Republican gerrymander
of congressional districts in that state.
Republicans aren't giving up. A movement has begun
, reminiscent of our own Sens. Jason Raper
t and Trent Garner,
to impeach judges who issue decisions they don't like. And others in the legislature are vowing to come up with other ways to defy the court order, which should require new districts for the 2018 election. Republicans don't like it because, in a state with a Democratic governor, the heavily manipulated districts have produced a 13-5 Republican majority in the U.S. House delegation.
And here's more from the annals of Republican opposition to the rule of law:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is refusing to call special elections
for open state legislative seats that might be won by Democrats. It seems that partisan gerrymanders and vote
suppression laws haven't been enough to assure a
GOP autocracy in Wisconsin. A recent Democratic win in a special election likely encouraged Walker's legal disobedience.