Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Republican Party, Rich Rafferty discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts


Else that was fascinating. The map was done in two thousand eleven. The first case that was taken into the federal courts was not until state and federal courts was not until the summer of two thousand seventeen. So think about that. So we had at least two or three democrat democratic work through Jemma critic organizations did not go into court. Just by the fact that they were heavily disadvantaged by this and remember in Pennsylvania congressional boundary lines. Are drawn by the state legislature in the form of a Bill, which that's exactly right, and goes to the governor for his signature or not. And that's typically the way it's done. I was actually stunned that we'd go through two thousand twelve fourteen sixteen no court case. Now, the league of women voters and and another organ, you know, filed suit. Eventually, maybe they just wanted to see the results. Maybe they just wanted to see a bad. It really Lindsay. We've got a minute to go here before the break. When we come back when I played t play, you voice from leadership in the Pennsylvania Republican party because we're to say they don't see a problem with this and they've really resisted the the court case that was brought here in Pennsylvania. But I mean, just give me a sense of what what you think in over the course of reporting is the fundamental problem that people were most concerned about with these very strangely drawn districts. We heard rich Rafferty. Before saying that he happens to be happens to be Republican told me even though fair district is not a partisan. He told me he just didn't like the fact that so many people were running unopposed in just felt that those anti-democratic again, I think there is a real problem with the competitiveness of elections. We heard I heard time and time again, just going out and talking to real people. My vote doesn't count, and I think that was the core of it that people felt like even if they go out and vote, the election was predetermined. That's all changed now. Well, we'll talk more about that when we come back, but we are talking about Pennsylvania's adventures in redistricting and what that might have on politics here in the keystone state. And also since we're heading into those midterm elections, what effect that might have on national politics as well? I'm joined by Lindsey, Lazar ski. She's a journalist for WHYY Terry. Madonna's also with us. He's a professor at Franklin and Marshall college, and we'll be back. I Magnin chocolate party. This is on point..

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