A federal lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s congressional districts will move forward after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito denied, on Friday, a push by the leaders of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to put the case on hold. The lawsuit, brought by five Pennsylvania voters, claims the state violated the U.S. Constitution by illegally gerrymandering the state’s congressional districts after the 2010 census — when Republicans controlled the state House, Senate and governor’s office. Since that map was put into place, Republicans have held 13 of 18 congressional seats in Pennsylvania, even though registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by 800,000 voters. Plaintiffs hope for a court order to abandon the current map before the 2018 congressional elections and have it replaced with a fair and nonpartisan map.
Carlos Soriano was entering his ninth-grade year at a vocational school in northwestern Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria barreled through the island. The storm wrecked his hometown of Moca, denuding the lush garden that once wove through his school’s campus. He still thinks about the wreckage of that garden, and the looters who ransacked his town in the aftermath of Maria. “I feel safer, but still, like, if there’s a little bit of noise, I still wake up,” he said. “And I wake up like three times a night, usually.” About a month later — with his school still closed — the aspiring architect left his mother in Puerto Rico and moved in with his dad in North Philadelphia. He enrolled at Olney Charter High School, a school of about 2,000 in the heart of Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community. Carlos is one of seven Puerto Rican students displaced by the storm who’ve landed at Olney High. That’s in addition to the 63 students who’ve enrolled at traditional public schools in Philadelphia. Those aren’t massive numbers in a district of 134,000, where student movement is commonplace. “It hasn’t been an overwhelming influx,” said district spokesman Lee Whack. But Olney High’s story since Maria isn’t just about Carlos and other newcomers. The school and its community have been irreparably reshaped by the storm.
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