Jonathan Lai covers issues related to rights and explores our changing understanding of them. State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) and House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) have asked the U. Supreme Court to stay the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling overturning the previous congressional map and imposing a new one. In that first request, Alito also sought responses from the parties in the case before ultimately denying the request without comment and without referring it to the whole court.
Topics include freedom of expression, gerrymandering, and digital privacy and security. Both requests use the same basic legal argument, with the lawmakers saying the state court’s action violated the elections clause of the U. Constitution, which gives state legislatures the power to run elections.
Jackson remembered his brother cracking jokes while wearing Florida State University colors, the school whose teams they cheered.“The biggest tea leaf is probably what Justice Alito did the last time when he denied the stay without even referring it to the whole court,” Michael Li, a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, said Wednesday.“Republicans are essentially making a variant of the same argument, so unless Justice Alito has changed his mind, it’s hard to see how you get five votes for a stay — and he may even decide again that this is not something that even needs to go to the whole court.” Pennsylvania’s most recent map of congressional districts was declared an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander by the state Supreme Court, sparking a nasty political and legal fight and setting off a scramble to draw a new map for the 2018 midterm elections.Those declined to immediately block the map, instead fast-tracking the schedule so all sides could make their cases.A hearing for a preliminary injunction in that case is scheduled for next week.They are not wearing "Make America Great Again" caps.