HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Legislature appears unlikely to heed any calls to change a process that produced a new map of U.S. House districts widely criticized as a political product designed by Republican politicians to benefit Republican politicians.

Similar calls were heard in Pennsylvania a decade ago when the existing map was drawn by a different set of Republicans who controlled the governor’s office and Legislature. Some other states have responded to similar criticism, with several shifting the map-drawing responsibility to committees considered as politically independent as possible.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, defended the new map he helped draw for Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, and contends that the legislators who draw and vote on it are more answerable to voters. He also notes that it passed with bipartisan support in the House, if not the Senate.  Continue Reading →