We told you in a previous Countdown about the Pennsylvania (PA) Supreme Court striking down an effort to gerrymander districts in favor of Republicans, saying the plan “plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and, on that sole basis, we hereby strike it as unconstitutional.” When the PA court mandated a non-gerrymandered map, PA Republicans took it up to the US Supreme Court to try to block it. The US Supreme Court, however, rejected the PA GOP effort. The Court has already agreed to hear two political gerrymandering cases this term: Gill v. Whitford out of Wisconsin and Benisek v. Lamone from Maryland. Fearing both big and small “d” Democratic victories in the election, a dozen Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers are now resorting to impeaching the PA judges who oppose gerrymandering. Folks, this should NOT be a partisan issue, as Democrats have also been accused of gerrymandering, the subject of the aforementioned case Benisek v. Lamone. There comes a time when one must put democracy above partisanship. This is one of those times!

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