Volpe's Views: Supreme Court

Volpe's Views: Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's redrawing of the Congressional Districts was the most egregious judicial overreach since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case.

That decision gave the OK for corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for or against a candidate.

The map the Supreme Court threw out was so gerrymandered in favor of the Republicans who crafted in 2011, it should have gone from the drawing board straight to the recycle bin for being blatantly unconstitutional, and the court properly rescinded it. However, the state Supreme Court overstepped its judicial authority when it redrew the districts, a function that is constitutionally given to the state legislature following censuses every 10 years.

The map drawn by the court is fairer, but the process itself cries out for a new way to do it. Perhaps an Independent Redistricting Commission with equal representation of three Democrats, Republicans and Independents appointed every 10 years is a good idea.

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