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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 blocks North Carolina partisan gerrymander ruling

January 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Over two Justices’ dissents, the Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a lower court order that would have required North Carolina’s legislature to quickly adopt new election maps for the state’s 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, to replace maps that strongly favored Republican candidates.

In Ohio voting-rolls case, Breyer and Kennedy could be crucial

January 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard a dispute in Ohio about who can stay on an official list of registered votes. And from the official transcripts, two critical Justices seemed to be questioning a challenge to the state’s policies.

Latest partisan gerrymandering decision adds to growing debate

January 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

A federal court ruling on Tuesday adds a new wrinkle to the national debate about the practice of gerrymandering voting districts to ensure desirable outcomes in elections.

On this day, Bush v. Gore settles 2000 presidential race

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended a Florida vote recount in the presidential election contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.  The Court’s decision remains debated today.

Supreme Court takes on another partisan gerrymander case

December 9, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon expanded its review of challenges to the decades-old practice of drawing election boundaries to benefit the candidates of the party in power, by taking on a claim by seven Maryland voters.

On this day, the Whig Party becomes a national force

December 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On December 4, 1839, the Whig Party held its first national convention, an important milestone in its rise to political power.

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