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  •  via Sen. Maj. Ldr Pileggi (via twitter) (1+ / 0-)
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    andgarden

    LRC aiming for a vote on new preliminary state district maps on Feb 22, primary could be moved.

    •  Were I them, (1+ / 0-)
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      Englishlefty

      I'd take the Holt plan and adjust as minimally as possible to suit my aims. But I'm pretty confident that won't be so easy.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 03:37:32 PM PST

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      •  One thing I'd wonder (2+ / 0-)
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        andgarden, Englishlefty

        How many incumbents don't live in their districts (and are forced to double-up) under the Holt plan?  Remember, under PA law, you have to have lived in your district from one year pre-election.

        •  That is a really crazy requirement (0+ / 0-)

          The commission, of course, knows who lives where.

          So the other option is to fix a plan as best you can for your people and hope the tie-breaker picks it. (BTW, does a new tie-breaker need to be appointed?)

          Ok, so I read the polls.

          by andgarden on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 03:47:06 PM PST

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          •  why would they need to replace McEwan? nt (1+ / 0-)
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            •  I guess that answers it (1+ / 0-)
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              rdw72777

              I didn't read closely enough to see whether the panel had to be reempaneled.

              Ok, so I read the polls.

              by andgarden on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 03:49:47 PM PST

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              •  He was appointed by the PA Supremes (1+ / 0-)
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                Which is the procedure when the other four members of the Commission can't agree.  PA Const, Art 2 sec 17:

                Legislative Reapportionment Commission

                (a) In each year following the year of the Federal decennial census, a Legislative Reapportionment Commission shall be constituted for the purpose of reapportioning the Commonwealth. The commission shall act by a majority of its entire membership.

                (b) The commission shall consist of five members: four of whom shall be the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, or deputies appointed by each of them, and a chairman selected as hereinafter provided. No later than 60 days following the official reporting of the Federal decennial census as required by Federal law, the four members shall be certified by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the elections officer of the Commonwealth who under law shall have supervision over elections. The four members within 45 days after their certification shall select the fifth member, who shall serve as chairman of the commission, and shall immediately certify his name to such elections officer. The chairman shall be a citizen of the Commonwealth other than a local, State or Federal official; holding an office to which compensation is attached. If the four members fail to select the fifth member within the time prescribed, a majority of the entire membership of the Supreme Court within thirty days thereafter shall appoint the chairman as aforesaid and certify his appointment to such elections officer. Any vacancy in the commission shall be filled within fifteen days in the same manner in which such position was originally filled....

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