For years Republicans in Harrisburg have been working to neutralize the voice of the people in electing judges.That perfectly fits this week’s pattern: denying the results of a presidential election and refusing to seat a duly elected and certified State Senator.
Short version: Republican legislators want to divide statewide courts into districts, with boundaries drawn by the legislators themselves. Pennsylvania, which already has an “agenda fairness score” of 0 (see top image), would thus further degrade the principles of fair government. Already, proposed bills in H’burg are refused a vote or even a hearing—even bills that demonstrably reflect the will of the people for fair government, in a party boss system that was just reaffirmed this week.
Let’s remember the days of congressional district 7, which included parts of Chesco and several other couinties and was aptly labeled “Goofy kicking Donald Duck.” In 2018 the PA Supreme Court stepped in, declared the district unconstitutional, and redrew it as it stands today.
Does that history give us a hint as to why the Republican majority in H’burg wants to assert control over the courts? So that they can escape from court judgment in returning congressional districts back to the absurd old days?
Bottom line: all voters — D’s, R’s or I’s — who care about the separation of powers among the 3 branches of government, vote against the “judicial redistricting” amendment on May 18!