Friday June 15, 2018
People must vote out those who resist needed change.
Give Republicans in the state House and Senate the opportunity to support a fair redistricting process and what do they do? They sabotage the effort just to get revenge on Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which chastised them on their unconstitutional scheme for drawing congressional district lines and ultimately fixed it.
Republicans were given ample time to correct their mistake, but they failed to do so, and the court stepped in to correct their mess.
Republicans have the majority in both chambers and seem to think they, not the voters, should be able to pick our representatives. In retaliation for their embarrassing rebuke, Republican legislators cooked up a more partisan plan that would eliminate the safeguards of having a watchful governor and Supreme Court involved in the process.
The nonpartisan group Fair Districts PA has spent years fighting gerrymandering and presented an excellent plan to create and ensure legitimate district lines. But Republicans, terrified of losing their advantage, butchered Fair Districts' proposal.
The Republican action shows how a corrupt majority can manipulate the law. The founders of our Constitution warned against British tyranny. Today we are seeing homegrown tyrants right here in Pennsylvania. Voting on Election Day is the only way we citizens can ensure honest government. The November election is our opportunity to elect trustworthy officials and remove the self-serving parasites in office now.
Lower Alsace Township
Republicans ruining redistricting reform