Only in America
A Washington, D.C., lawmaker blamed the area’s recent snowfalls on “the Rothschilds.” Democratic Council member Trayon White Sr. told constituents that the Jewish banking family is “controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man.” White later apologized, saying he didn’t realize his comments were anti-Semitic.
A Massachusetts lawmaker is calling for the “General Hooker Entrance” sign to be removed from a doorway to the State House because it is offensive to women. Democratic State Rep. Michelle DuBois says that although the entrance is named in honor of Civil War General Joseph Hooker, female staffers avoid it. On Twitter, DuBois explained, “#Metoo—it’s not all about rape and harassment but also women’s dignity.”
Boring but important
Pennsylvania election map upheld
Pennsylvania Republicans were dealt a double blow this week, after the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal district court each declined a request to block the state’s new congressional district map from going into effect for the May 15 primary. Under the original map, drawn in 2011, Republicans had consistently won 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats in elections—despite winning only about 50 percent of the vote. Pennsylvania’s supreme court ruled that map invalid in February, arguing it was illegally gerrymandered to favor the GOP. The new map, drawn by a nonpartisan expert, gives Republicans an edge in 10 of the 18 districts, opening up new seats for Democrats—and potentially helping them flip the House in November.