By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies.

The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus, while only two, including New Hampshire and its 400-plus member legislative body, elected more new women.

Altogether, the House and Senate added 14 new women, per numbers from Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics.

State female politicos greeted the news with a mix of excitement for the gains and resolve, for Pennsylvania still sat in the bottom half for female representation, moving from 39th to 34th highest.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
“Let us stand strong together”: Inside Philadelphia and the southeast’s ascension in the House Democratic caucus

“Let us stand strong together”: Inside Philadelphia and the southeast’s ascension in the House Democratic caucus

It was an opportunity too good to pass up.

As House Democratic leadership elections approached November 13, two of the top positions, Whip and Appropriations Chair, sat open due to retirements of their Western Pennsylvania holders. Meanwhile, Caucus Chair also was vacant as its holder maneuvered for a higher position.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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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
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