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Montgomery County Democrats Unhappy with Redistricting

State changes borders of districts, angering many Montco Dems.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has made its decision. But area Democrats aren't too happy about it. In fact, they plan to fight it.

According to Newsworks, the decision has carved Montgomery County up into six state senate districts, which Montgomery County Democrats say is a republican shot at "gerrymandering the map for political gain."

Attorney Adam Bonin has been selected to represent the county's Dems. Bonin said it was part of a partisan plan for the Philadelphia suburbs.

"If you look at the four counties that surround Philadelphia, if you look at those voters as a whole, they are 50-50 Republican and Democrat," Bonin said to Newsworks. "The way that this map is drawn, it's drawn to produce seven Republican and two Democratic districts."

Erik Arneson, spokesman for the Republican caucus of the state Senate, said Montgomery County had parts of seven Senate districts before, and said "no one can say for certain whether the new districts lean Republican or Democratic."

"There have been precisely zero elections under the new map, so any partisan outcome that may or may not occur is a future event at this point," Arneson said to Newsworks. "There's no way to know for certain what will happen."

According to the state, the redistricting was required by law.

"Article 1, Section 2, of the United States Constitution requires that a Census be taken every 10 years for the purpose of apportioning the United States House of Representatives," said the Pennsylvania Redistricting website. "Census results are used to determine the number of congressional seats apportioned to each state. After the 2000 federal Census, Pennsylvania had 19 members in the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the 2010 federal Census, Pennsylvania has 18 members of the U.S. House."

More information on the Census is available at census.gov.

To see the full, finalized approved plan, visit this link on the PA Redistricting site.

T4kinwe May 17, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Do any of you folks know that there are MORE than just two parties? Libertarian, Independent, Constitution, Green, Tea Party, THEN Democrat and Republican. I'd agree that both Republicans and Democrats have special interest groups they are beholden to, but if you REALLY want to get away from the special interest groups, start voting for the smaller parties, and it may even make our country a better place.
Liberty 1 May 17, 2013 at 02:40 PM
As a former Libertarian candidate a long time ago I have come to the belief that most voters are not smart enough or brave enough to vote against their masters. It is easier to just bitch about the continual downward slide.
Vote Dem May 17, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Common wisdom says, if your vote doesn't matter (ie in the minority of a gerrymandered district) by all means, go 3rd party. However, in a swing district, where every vote on the minority side counts, it would be a foolish time to make a statement.
Liberty 1 May 17, 2013 at 02:51 PM
You are right about "there is no such thing as a harmless Republican". Unfortunately the "there is no such thing as an intellegent democrat" outnumber them.
Joe The Nerd Ferraro May 17, 2013 at 04:36 PM
so who is running in the local primaries from your third parties? i want to see how well they do on the ballot.

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