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
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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
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Southeast takes center stage as Democrats make big General Assembly gains, though Republicans hold majorities

Southeast takes center stage as Democrats make big General Assembly gains, though Republicans hold majorities

Riding discontent in the Philadelphia suburbs, Democrats picked up 16 seats between the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday, besting nine incumbents and breaking the GOP Senate supermajority in a big night for the party that had been whittled down to historic lows in both chambers.

Republicans will keep a majority in both chambers, but they’ll be smaller and missing some of the moderates who formerly thrived around West Chester, Norristown and Media.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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While liability questions persist, sanctuary city bill advances in House

While liability questions persist, sanctuary city bill advances in House

A bill forcing Pennsylvania municipalities to help enforce federal immigration laws was modified and advanced out of the House Judiciary Committee by a strong bipartisan margin Wednesday afternoon.

The bill, SB 10 from Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), originally let citizens hurt by an undocumented immigrant sue their local government for damages if they do not aid in immigration enforcement. It passed 19-5.

Now, under language borrowed from Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), it lets residents of sanctuary cities or other jurisdictions preemptively sue their governing body to overturn the policies.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Debate to act now or build a case on capitol sexual harassment flares up on House floor

Debate to act now or build a case on capitol sexual harassment flares up on House floor

Testy floor debate Monday preceded the final passage of two House resolutions to study sexual harassment in the workplace.

The two resolutions, HR 828 and 829, will set up a task force to review harassment laws and also order the Joint State Government Commission to review harassment within the Capitol itself.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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