Midnight deadline looms for new Pennsylvania congressional maps

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A man walks down a hall toward the light of the Capitol rotunda, in Harrisburg, Pa.

A man walks down a hall toward the light of the Capitol rotunda, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Competing proposals to redraw Pennsylvania’s congressional districts in a high-stakes gerrymandering case are rolling in ahead of a court-ordered deadline.

The state Supreme Court posted four more proposals online as of Thursday evening, one each from House Democrats, Senate Democrats, Republican activists and Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. That makes five total, including one submitted last week by Republican lawmakers.

Midnight Thursday is the deadline and proposals also are expected from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Democratic voters who sued successfully to invalidate Pennsylvania’s congressional district boundaries.

The court has given itself four more days to consider the proposals and issue new boundaries.

Republican lawmakers are threatening to file a federal court challenge to any map the state Supreme Court may produce.

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