Rock the Capital Applauds the Supreme Court’s Decision to Void the Redistricting Plan

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(Harrisburg, PA) -Eric Epstein, cofounder of Rock the Capital said, “The Supreme Court has lived up to its role as an impartial legal referee and provided a necessary emergency brake to a runaway Commission. Rather than robotically follow the ‘presumption of constitutionality’ into the realm of the absurd, the Court has returned the redistricting process back to planet earth.”

Pennsylvania is redistricted every 10 years by a five member commission composed of the leaders from both parties of each chamber. They cobble together an “incumbent protection program” by developing a redistricting scheme that defies laws of common sense. The legislature doesn’t enact the plan, nor does the Governor have the ability to veto it.

Epstein stated, “The only safeguard to keep the commission from going Picasso is the constitutional right of an aggrieved citizen to go to the Supreme Court and seek relief. This time, the legislature’s geographic schizophrenia was arrested by the Supreme Court.”

Mr. Epstein concluded, “All stake holders who have a vested interest in redistricting must be included in the process to produce a fair and equitable solution. This would be an ideal opportunity to capitalize on state of the art software, and create geographically contiguous and competitive districts.”

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Eric J. Epstein is RocktheCapital‘s coordinator and a community advocate for good government for over 25 years. Mr. Epstein is also Chairman of the Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., a safe-energy organization founded in 1977; President of EFMR Monitoring Group, Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation established in 1977, and Chairman of the Stray Winds Area Neighbors (SWAN), a smart growth association organized in 2005. Mr. Epstein was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities at PSU-Harrisburg (1992-1999) and co-authored the Dictionary of the Holocaust, which was released by Greenwood Press (1997) - Email Eric Epstein

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