By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Democrats have strongly criticized the congressional map unveiled yesterday by Harrisburg Republicans. Well-grounded accusations of partisanship fill the air.
So Senate Democrats have released their own version. The caucus will introduce the map below as an amendment to SB 1249 at some point Wednesday.
Since Republicans have the Governor’s mansion and majorities in the Pa. House and Senate, it’s unlikely to go anywhere. But it’s interesting to look at.The full map is below. Bless them for including municipal breakdowns.
It raises an interesting question: can Dems still complain about gerrymandering when their maps looks like this?
Republicans haven’t had to opportunity to complain about gerrymandering too much this month, so a GOP source eagerly passed along the following critiques:
CD 12 snakes from Greene County in the far southwest to Tioga County in the north central, almost reaching across the entire state in a north-south direction.
CD 5 stretches from Wayne County in the far northeast to Clarion County, almost reaching across the entire state in an east-west direction.
CD 10 starts in Lycoming County and comes south through Northumberland County, into northern Dauphin County, then down an extremely skinny stretch of the West Shore in Cumberland County, into York and Lancaster counties before taking in southern Dauphin County and most of Lebanon County.
CD 4 starts in Crawford County, becomes less than a municipality wide in southern Mercer County and Northern Lawrence County before sliding awkwardly into Beaver, Allegheny, Butler, Armstrong and Washington counties.
CD 18 also stretches all over the place – reaching into 11 different counties – to gather population.
CD 15 reaches into Monroe, Pike, Lackawanna and Carbon counties.
Regarding County splits, compared to the GOP version:
Bucks County is split two ways, compared to being kept whole.
Delaware County is split three ways, compared to two.
Lancaster County is split three ways, compared to two.
Lehigh County is split three ways, compared to being kept whole.
York County is split three ways, compared to being kept whole.