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February 13, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) rejected the Republican legislature's redrawn congressional district maps on Tuesday, saying "the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander." The move follows the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's order in late January for all 18 of the state's districts to be redrawn before the 2018 election after finding gerrymandering that "plainly and palpably" benefited the GOP. Wolf said the Republican legislature's attempt at a map kept 70 percent of the districts the court had found unconstitutional, The Morning Call adds.

"Barring some kind of 11th-hour agreement at the Capitol, the court has declared its intent to impose a new set of congressional maps by next Monday for use in the primary," reports PennLive. "There is still a narrow window for direct negotiations between Wolf and legislative leaders."

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed state Republicans' request to halt the order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. A nonpartisan map in Pennsylvania, election law experts say, would likely result in Democrats picking up as many as three seats, helping their bid to retake control of the U.S. House this fall. Jeva Lange

October 12, 2017

Hotel California and Nationals Park have a lot more in common than you might think. Fans attending Game 5 of the National League Division Series in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night will be able to check into their seats at the stadium for the first pitch at 8:08 p.m. ET, but there's a good chance they'll end up trapped there (forever?) when Washington, D.C., shuts down the Metrorail beginning around 11:02 p.m. ET:

The Nationals face the Chicago Cubs in Thursday's Game 5; if the D.C. team emerges victorious, it will mark their first playoff series win in franchise history. Unfortunately, anyone potentially witnessing the historic moment must plan to travel to the game by bicycle or boat, fans vented:

Playoff games famously take forever, with it no longer uncommon for nine innings to last more than four hours (the average postseason game takes three and a half hours, The New York Times reports). What's more, tickets to the Nationals game start around $83 — a steep price to pay to watch seven innings before needing to catch the baseball boat back home. Jeva Lange

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