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Pennsylvania GOP leaders ask Supreme Court to block newly drawn Congress-map

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The Republican presiding officer in the Pennsylvania house of representatives and the Senate asked the U.S. Supreme court on Wednesday to block a new electoral map, which is widely expected to boost democratic prospects in the November elections.

The emergency the application is made by Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnetti forbidden by the state Supreme court usurped the legislative authority, if it is the new card will be issued on Monday, called it an unprecedented decision.

The congressional map drawn by the GOP-led legislature in 2011.

(Supreme Court of Pennsylvania)

“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court striking seized the redistricting process and prevented any meaningful opportunity for legislators to adopt in order to ensure a removal of the defect card, a court-drawn map,” she wrote.

The revised congressional map for the year 2018.

(Supreme Court of Pennsylvania)

Last month, the democratic majority of the Supreme court of Pennsylvania in 2011 constituency map, which has been designed by the Republicans, who say it violates the country’s Constitution is the guarantee of free and equal elections threw. On Monday, the court’s new maps of Pennsylvania published districts 18 congressional.

The Republicans, 13 of the 18 seats in three straight elections, had won under the now card is invalid, although the Pennsylvania state-wide elections are often shared closely, and registered Democratic voters than Republicans.

The challenge, adds uncertainty, as candidates are preparing to circulate nomination petitions to have their names on the May primary ballot.

A spokesman for democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, responded to the lawmakers, ” the filing said Wolf was “focused on making sure that the Department of State is in complete compliance with the court order by the update of their systems and the support of candidates, the County election officials and voters prepare for the primary election.”

Turzai told reporters earlier on Wednesday that a separate lawsuit before the Federal court in Harrisburg, also possible.

Wednesday marked the third time in four months, Turzai and Scarnati have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt litigation over the 2011 card, she took a leading role in the production.

In November, justice Samuel Alito, a request for a stay of a Federal lawsuit refused, a case, Turzai and Scarnati won in January.

On Feb. 5, Alito rejected a request by Turzai and Scarnati to hold a Jan. 22, the state Supreme Court, gave the Republican leaders two weeks suggest a card that would be bolstered by the Democratic Governor and, until last week, proposals for a new map to the court.

The request on Wednesday, Alito was raised.

Turzai and Scarnati, argues that the state high court gave them hardly any time to propose their own map to throw, the 2011 version to ensure “that your chosen plan to design the new card to be successful.” As evidence for a “child plan,” quoting critical comments of gerrymandering made by Justice David Wecht during his 2015 campaign for the court.

“The court process was completely closed,” said Alito. “It does not allow the parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed map, to clarify why certain subdivisions split were and whether the requirements of population equality, or a further assessment of whether the partisan intent played a role in the development.”

As a sign of the dispute is the possible impact on national politics, President, Donald Trump on Tuesday, the Republicans urged to press their challenge to the card, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Your Original was correct!!!! Don’t let the Dems elections away from you, so that you can increase taxes & money to waste!” Trump tweeted.

The five Democrats on the state Supreme Court sided with Democratic voters, against the map, although one of the democratic judge, Max Baer, pointed against the compressed schedule.

Congress candidates have from Jan. 27-March 20 to collect and submit to get enough signatures on the ballot, and the new district maps have the candidates and want-to-crawl candidates to decide if to jump. Five members of the Board are not in search of any other term, and a sixth has resigned, an unusually large number of openings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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