More maneuvering on Philly redistricting plans

Two competing redistricting bills have been approved by a Philadelphia City Council committee. A move to amend one failed by a single vote.

The amendment would have benefited Republican Brian O’Neill who admits trying to bring some GOP-friendly Democrats into his redrawn council district.

“It’s never been about Republican voters, it’s about finding a few Democratic ticket-splitters,” he said. “You know what divisions they are, you just have to analyze a few elections and you will know where that tendency is. I just want a fair shot that’s all.”

Councilwoman Marian Tasco said there is still a chance to amend the bill before a final vote.

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“I keep telling you this is a fluid process. It’s never over until people cast their vote, so you just keep trying and trying and trying to get the changes that you want,” she said. “Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t.”

While either bill could get final approval next week, observers say neither contains the likely final map. The next time the bills can be amended is at the Sept. 22 Council session.

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