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New Pennsylvania congressional map boosts Democrats

February 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Claiming full authority to do so, a deeply divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew up and released on Monday its own new map of congressional election districts – one that experts calculated would give Democratic candidates a realistic chance of picking up more seats than they have in the past three elections in the state.

The Supreme Court’s options on DACA

February 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

On Friday evening, the Supreme Court closed up shop for the holiday weekend without doing anything about DACA – that is, the Trump Administration’s appeal seeking review of its decision to shut down the program of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” 

Trump immigration limits falter again in court

February 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Using President Trump’s own words against him, a federal appeals court on Thursday added a second legal defeat for the White House’s latest attempt to bar the entry into the U.S. of people from six Muslim-majority nations.

Second judge keeps DACA program going

February 14, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Just days before the Supreme Court is to consider getting involved in the deepening controversy over the legal fate of nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who have grown up in this country, a second federal judge has ordered the Trump Administration not to end next month their protection against deportation.

Governor rejects new Pennsylvania voting map

February 13, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Pennsylvania Governor Thomas W. Wolf told the state’s Supreme Court on Tuesday that a new Republican-drawn map of election districts for the 18-member Pennsylvania delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives does not satisfy the mandate of the state court to avoid partisan gerrymandering. 

Justices won’t take on new partisan gerrymander case

February 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Continuing to work through a series of disputes on “partisan gerrymandering,” the Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to add a third case to its review of that issue in the current term.

New maps for Pennsylvania congressional voting clear hurdle

February 5, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a state legislature’s district-defining map for this year’s congressional elections in the state cleared a potential legal hurdle Monday when Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., refused to block that decision.

The Supreme Court’s Elections Clause dilemma in Pennsylvania

January 30, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

An appeal to the United States Supreme Court from Pennsylvania lawmakers about a state court gerrymandering decision might create a constitutional dilemma for the nine Justices.

Supreme Court speeds up DACA case

January 23, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

With the controversy over young undocumented immigrants unfolding both in Congress and the federal courts, the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to put the case before it on a fast track. 

Pennsylvania congressional election maps voided

January 22, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a ruling that potentially could be a political boon to Democrats running for Congress this year in Pennsylvania, a sharply divided state Supreme Court on Monday struck down 2011 maps for electing 18 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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