State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

The State House Sound Bites Podcast is now called State of the State and is a part of PA Post, a digital-first, citizen-focused news organization to hold Pennsylvania’s government accountable to its citizens.

Episode 41: More fights about redistricting

Written by Katie Meyer | Feb 2, 2018 7:59 PM

Yes, this is the third podcast in a row that has focused on the fallout from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declaring the state's congressional maps unconstitutional. And yes, we still have a lot more to say about it.

This week saw more volleys back and forth between legislative republicans and the court, and perhaps most importantly, resulted in the Senate GOP refusing to hand over documents the court ordered from them, arguing that the court is undermining the legislature's authority.

Perhaps it's obvious, but when one branch of government stops respecting the authority of another, it's possible there could be real harm done to that government's ability to function.

Capitolwire Bureau Chief and columnist Chris Comisac joins us to give a conservative perspective on what's going on, and helps pick through the implications and potential outcomes of this thorny situation.

Just a note, this podcast was recorded before we got word that the legislature is calling for Justice David Wecht to be disqualified (they're arguing he has previously expressed strong opinions about gerrymandering, which should mean he can't rule in this case). If you're interested in learning more about that, check WITF's news feed for more coverage.

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