Lifted from state Senator and 13th District Congressional candidate Daylin Leach’s Facebook page:
Do you know how I always talk about gerrymandering? And it’s awesome? Well this is truly awesome. On top is the actual, GOP-made gerrymander of PA Congressional Districts. 13-5 Republican. Below is a drawing I did of a legal 13-5 Democratic gerrymander. I flipped 8 Congressional seats with every single PA voter voting exactly the same way. So who here is relevant, the voter? Or the guy drawing the lines?
My takeaway from this map is how accurately it would represent the Commonwealth’s various regional interests in Congress, compared to the current map. It is a map where the issues big urban areas have in common with smaller, denser deindustrialized cities and towns get a lot of strong advocates in Congress, and the big empty areas where nobody lives get the representation of 5 Congressmen, as they deserve.
The cities of Harrisburg, Altoona, Lancaster, Erie, and York are all still lumped in with a lot of rural areas, but the smaller eastern cities (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Chester, Scranton, and all the more urbanized boroughs’ interests get tied to the big cities and the rest of SEPA, and it’s a similar situation on the western side.
The current map harms southeast PA’s economic interests by tying suburban interests to rural interests, rather than tying suburban interests to central cities. In this map, Republicans grab the richer socially moderate/anti-tax voters of the suburbs and exurbs, along with a lot of *racial-conservative* working class white areas.
Tying suburban interests to rural interests instead of city interests is so fucked and it’s one of the reasons PA’s job growth is so terrible.
The state legislature maps try to do the same thing – align suburban and rural areas on one side, and cities on the other – and then when Republicans get in power, they make a jobs agenda based on stuff that rewards the Republican electorate map – the very least economically productive areas of the Commonwealth.