Judge rules against “opening Pandora’s box," confirms Tomlinson win

Judge rules against “opening Pandora’s box," confirms Tomlinson win

A Bucks County Court of Common Pleas judge ruled against a challenge to state absentee ballot rules by Rep. Tina Davis's (D-Bucks) Senate campaign Monday, confirming incumbent Sen. Tommy Tomlinson's (R-Bucks) razor thin reelection.

The suit asked Judge Jeffrey Finley to decide if the General Assembly “clearly, palpably and plainly violated” the state constitution's free and fair election clause with the tight turn around for absentee applications and the ballot themselves.
Monday, November 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Senator-elect Williams may not be seated as chamber Republicans question residency

Senator-elect Williams may not be seated as chamber Republicans question residency

A newly-elected Democratic state senator’s seat is in doubt even as the ink dries on her slim electoral margin.

Following up on a failed residency challenge to kick Lindsey Williams off the ballot of a northern Pittsburgh suburban Senate seat, Senate Republicans have started asking whether she should be seated in the chamber.

“The Lindsey Williams issue gives myself and the caucus great pause,” Senate President Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said.
Thursday, November 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Davis campaign plans lawsuit to challenge state absentee law, count late arriving ballots

Davis campaign plans lawsuit to challenge state absentee law, count late arriving ballots

The last senate race still being counted is going to court.

On Thursday, Rep. Tina Davis’s (D-Bucks) campaign for the 6th Senatorial District said they planned to pursue a lawsuit to demand that 192 absentee ballots that arrived after the state’s early deadline be counted.

The suit’s logic is similar to a suit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union state chapter over Pennsylvania absentee voting laws.
Thursday, November 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views

Despite big election swing, Senate leadership unchanged

While the Pennsylvania Senate had its biggest electoral swing since 1954, it was not roiled by the same number of leadership changes as in the House.

While eight incumbent senators, all Republicans, either retired, resigned, ran for higher office or lost an election, the chamber only lost one minor leadership figure: Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks), the caucus administrator, who retired.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

While the House Republican majority chain of command made an orderly shift upwards, the chamber’s Democratic power base moved from west to east on Tuesday, following their 11 seat gain concentrated in the Philly suburbs.

For Republicans, in a long expected move, House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) replaced retiring Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) as the new floor leader for next session.

Then in two upsets, Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) beat out Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) for Whip, while Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) defeated Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) for Appropriations Chair.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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