Open House seats could play big role in Democratic gains

Open House seats could play big role in Democratic gains

Projections made a week out from Election Day by one state election modeler give Democrats a one-in-seven chance of flipping the state House.

That’s a decrease from an earlier projection made by Carl Klarner, a former Indiana State political science professor. Formerly, his model, based off of previous election results and other measurables, gave Democrats a little less than a one-in-four chance.
Monday, November 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Doorbells ring, candidates rally and voters decide to split or not to split ahead of Tuesday

Doorbells ring, candidates rally and voters decide to split or not to split ahead of Tuesday

Knocking on doors is tedious in Upper Mount Bethel, a sleepy rural township of almost 7,000. But as dusk falls on Friday, Amy Cozze’s minivan pulls up to a wooden home, and she hops out to meet another voter.

The 35-year-old baker and breast cancer survivor is trying to flip the seat from red to blue while facing an entrenched incumbent. Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) has served since winning in 2010, during the Tea Party movement that took over Congress and state Houses across the country. Since then, no Democrat has broken 40 percent of the vote again him.


But Cozze is one of the Democrats running to try and win power back, hoping that enthusiasm, the top of the ballot, and some door-to-door coaxing of ticket splitting Democrats can bring results, while Republicans look to leverage a growing economy to hold their ground.
Sunday, November 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) was joined by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to share their excitement for House Bill 2557 passage by the Senate. 

This bill updates the way municipalities exit Act 47 and enables the city of Harrisburg to continue to balance its budget. Kim stated that the governor has agreed to sign the bill and she is hoping to see it on his desk by the end of this week or next week. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Compromise Harrisburg recovery plan advances out of committee

Compromise Harrisburg recovery plan advances out of committee

Harrisburg could have another five years of extra taxing authority under a bill advanced out of committee Tuesday.

Worked out over a working weekend, HB 2557 from Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) was amended to put Harrisburg under an Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, much like the one that managed Pittsburgh, for the next five years.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate local radar bill gains restrictions in House committee, referred to floor

Senate local radar bill gains restrictions in House committee, referred to floor

As regularly as the seasons, legislators have introduced bills to enable local police use of radar.

A search of the Pennsylvania Legislative Services archive shows that going back to the 2001-2002 session, at least one bill, if not multiple versions, to expand access has been floated each session. The restriction to the State Police has been in place since the 1960s.

Friday, May 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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