Morning Digest: Pennsylvania Supreme Court sweep gives Democrats legislative redistricting control

Wikimedia Commons photo of the Pennsylvania state capitol building taken by Ad Meskens

Pennsylvania state capitol building


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PA Supreme Court: In what was by far the most important victory of the night, Democrats swept three seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, giving them a five to two majority; previously, Republicans had controlled the bench three to two, with two vacancies. This victory isn’t simply about ensuring a more just court, though undoubtedly the cause of fairness will benefit greatly. It will also have an enormous impact on the next round of legislative redistricting.

That’s because the Supreme Court selects the tie-breaking vote for the commission that draws up the maps for Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate. In the prior two rounds of redistricting, the Republican-dominated court chose the tiebreaker, but now Democrats will have that power come 2021 (justices are elected to 10-year terms). As a result, Democrats will have the chance to undo the Republican gerrymanders that

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Morning Digest: Pennsylvania Supreme Court sweep gives Democrats legislative redistricting control

Wikimedia Commons photo of the Pennsylvania state capitol building taken by Ad Meskens

Pennsylvania state capitol building


Leading Off:

PA Supreme Court: In what was by far the most important victory of the night, Democrats swept three seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, giving them a five to two majority; previously, Republicans had controlled the bench three to two, with two vacancies. This victory isn’t simply about ensuring a more just court, though undoubtedly the cause of fairness will benefit greatly. It will also have an enormous impact on the next round of legislative redistricting.

That’s because the Supreme Court selects the tie-breaking vote for the commission that draws up the maps for Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate. In the prior two rounds of redistricting, the Republican-dominated court chose the tiebreaker, but now Democrats will have that power come 2021 (justices are elected to 10-year terms). As a result, Democrats will have the chance to undo the Republican gerrymanders that

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Morning Digest: Republicans demand investigation of GOP Gov. Robert Bentley in wake of affair rumors

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference in Mobile, Alabama July 2, 2012.  European planemaker Airbus held a news conference to announce that they will construct an assembly plant for their A320 in Mobile. The plant will give Airbus it's first assembly site in the United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS) - RTR34IAT

Alabama GOP. Gov. Robert Bentley

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AL-Gov: Republican Gov. Robert Bentley won a second term in a landslide just last fall, but unpleasant matters stemming from his personal life have now threatened his tenure, and it’s possible he might not complete his term. It began late last month, when First Lady Dianne Bentley, the governor’s wife of 50 years, filed for divorce, a move that came as a complete surprise to Alabama’s political establishment. After a judge granted the parties’ motion to seal the proceedings, rumors began to fly that the governor improperly used state resources to conceal an affair with a top political advisor.

Two GOP state representatives have now asked Attorney General Luther Strange to investigate whether Bentley misused his office, particularly with regard to state-owned aircraft. (Using state planes for personal travel was one of the key things Mark Sanford was nailed

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Morning Digest: Lacy Clay could face a tough primary over his role in the Ferguson protests

Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay

Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay

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MO-01: Rep. Lacy Clay has never had much of a problem securing renomination in his safely blue St. Louis-area seat, with him easily defeating Russ Carnahan after the two congressmen were drawn into the same district in 2012. But in mid-August, state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal refused to rule out challenging Clay in the Democratic primary.

Chappelle-Nadal specifically cited Clay’s response to the death of Michael Brown and the ensuring protests in Ferguson as the reason she may take on Clay. Chappelle-Nadal, who like Clay represents Ferguson, accused Clay of being invisible during last fall’s unrest, arguing that “[e]verybody says, ‘Where has he been?’ Every constituent that I have encountered, when his name comes up unprovoked, that is what they say.” By contrast, Chappelle-Nadal was hit with tear gas while taking part in a protest.

Most of Chappelle-Nadal’s seat

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Jay Inslee starts with clear leads in Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee

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WA-Gov, Sen: Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee only won a narrow victory when he was first elected in 2012. However, Public Policy Polling suggests he’ll have an easier time when he runs for re-election, even if it’s a rematch against ex-Attorney General Rob McKenna. Inslee sports a 41-42 job approval, consistent with an uneventful first few years and an improving economy; his strength in head-to-head matchups seems more about the fact that the Republicans don’t have any top-tier options who seem interested in challenging him.

46-34 vs. Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant
45-31 vs. state Sen. Andy Hill

43-38 vs. ex-Attorney General/2012 opponent Rob McKenna

45-34 vs. Rep. Dave Reichert

The only potential opponent who comes within single digits is McKenna, who seemed like he was interested in a rematch right after the 2012 election

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