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Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling in the Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Case

February 14th, 2018

By: John R. Bielski On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (“Court”) issued its historic ruling in the Pennsylvania gerrymandering case, declaring that the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s hyper-partisan and politically-gerrymandered 2011 congressional redistricting plan (“2011 Plan”) violated Article I, Section 5 of the Pennsylvania Constitution—known as the Free and Equal Elections Clause. Justice…


PA Supreme Court Strikes Down 2011 Congressional Redistricting Map as Unconstitutional

January 22nd, 2018

By: John R. Bielski Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision struck down the 2011 congressional redistricting map as unconstitutional under the Pennsylvania Constitution and barring its use in the regular primary and general elections this year. As reported in an earlier post, Willig, Williams & Davidson wrote an amicus brief on behalf…


Pennsylvania Unions File Amici Brief in Gerrymandering Case

January 15th, 2018

By John R. Bielski On January 5, 2018, eight unions– the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 13, AFGE, AFT Pennsylvania, APSCUF, CWA District 2-13, SEIU Pennsylvania State Council, UFCW Local 1776 and UNITEHERE–filed an amici brief in support of a legal challenge to the Pennsylvania congressional redistricting map created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2011….


Challenges to Political Gerrymandering Seek Redistricting Change in Pennsylvania

July 20th, 2017

By John Bielski The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear separate cases challenging political gerrymandering in the states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, respectively. In both League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (League) and Whitford v. Gill (Whitford), the plaintiffs assert that political gerrymandering of legislative districts…


Elections 101: What Potential Union Representatives Need to Know

June 2nd, 2016

Labor unions are complex and highly regulated entities. A union, by nature, must uphold the values of a democracy while fastidiously fulfilling its obligations as a distinct legal institution. When elections are held within a union to determine who is best suited to be at its helm, the stakes can be very high for members….


   
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