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"Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: Ted King
Date: November 21, 2022 11:33AM
[apnews.com]

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats won a suburban Philadelphia state House race Friday, giving them barely enough seats to take the chamber majority after 12 years, although two of their reelected incumbents also won higher offices and a third died in October.

The Associated Press called the race Friday for the seat representing Montgomery County for Democrat Melissa Cerrato. Republican Rep. Todd Stephens conceded late Thursday.

Her win means Democrats flipped a net of 12 districts, the precise number they needed to control the House at the start of the 2023-24 session in January.

But there’s uncertainly because of the October death of Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, and because two other Allegheny County Democrats who won new House terms, Reps. Austin Davis and Summer Lee, also were elected as lieutenant governor and to Congress.

Lee’s swearing-in to Congress is set for Jan. 3, the same day the Pennsylvania House starts its new session. Davis and Democratic Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro will be inaugurated Jan. 17. Republicans maintained majority control of the state Senate, although their margin dropped by one seat to 28-22.

If this holds up, I think it's a pretty big deal.



e pluribus unum



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/21/2022 11:34AM by Ted King.
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Re: "Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 21, 2022 12:29PM
It spares us another round of end-run constitutional amendments. In PA, an amendment measure can go on the general ballot after being approved in two consecutive legislative session. Taking power away from the Governor, an office they have lost now four elections running, is on the short list. It's also how they want to roll back mail-in ballots, and probably abortion.
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Re: "Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 21, 2022 12:36PM
so does the governor get to appoint to those vacant offices or will there be special elections?



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Re: "Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 21, 2022 02:06PM
“ A Democratic margin of 102-101 drops to 101-99 for Republicans when the three vacancies are counted, at least until special elections are scheduled for early next year.

The House’s chief clerk, Brooke Wheeler, is expected to preside during the Jan. 3 swearing-in until a speaker is elected. The next speaker must schedule the three special elections before or on same day as the May 16 spring primary. “
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Re: "Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 21, 2022 05:30PM
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btfc
“ A Democratic margin of 102-101 drops to 101-99 for Republicans when the three vacancies are counted, at least until special elections are scheduled for early next year.

The House’s chief clerk, Brooke Wheeler, is expected to preside during the Jan. 3 swearing-in until a speaker is elected. The next speaker must schedule the three special elections before or on same day as the May 16 spring primary. “

So the Repugs will have the majority until May 16 or for as long as they can delay the special elections. At least the Democrats hold the executive.



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Re: "Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 21, 2022 06:58PM
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Speedy
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btfc
“ A Democratic margin of 102-101 drops to 101-99 for Republicans when the three vacancies are counted, at least until special elections are scheduled for early next year.

The House’s chief clerk, Brooke Wheeler, is expected to preside during the Jan. 3 swearing-in until a speaker is elected. The next speaker must schedule the three special elections before or on same day as the May 16 spring primary. “

So the Repugs will have the majority until May 16 or for as long as they can delay the special elections. At least the Democrats hold the executive.

They'll call it a mandate.
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Re: "Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: RgrF
Date: November 21, 2022 07:04PM
Cant do much about the death vacancy but is there a legal prohibition about serving in dual offices?
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Re: "Democrats win enough for narrow Pennsylvania House majority"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 24, 2022 04:49PM
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RgrF
Cant do much about the death vacancy but is there a legal prohibition about serving in dual offices?

Yes there is and it’s right in the US Constitution.



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