US Supreme Court rejects Republican request for review of January redistricting ruling

US Supreme Court rejects Republican request for review of January redistricting ruling

On Monday, the US Supreme Court denied a request to review the state Supreme Court’s January gerrymandering ruling.


The request, from Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would have required the state Supreme Court to hand over all files related to the decision for review by the country’s chief justices.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

The last time Mike Turzai, Jake Corman and Frank Dermody all faced challengers was 2010, when the House members were their caucuses’ whip, and Corman headed Appropriations.

Eight years later, all three have climbed to the very top of leadership—and are facing challengers channeling discontent with the status quo to try and knock them off.

“It doesn't matter if you’re Republican or Democrat. When we look at the issues, the same cast of characters aren’t working,” Joshua Nulph, Dermody’s 21-year-old challenger, said.

Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

Following up on a pledge to move government reform legislation, House leadership has set up an attempt to amend a previously referred Senate bill, SB 1034, with a new congressional redistricting plan.

Three amendments - two from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and one from Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) are on the table.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Legislative leaders have, after months of stalled efforts and with fifty days to the election, started pushing big changes to state government.

Speaking to the Philadelphia Daily News’ John Baer, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that during the run-up to sine die, he wants to prioritize congressional redistricting reform and shrinking the size of the state legislature before the November general election, perhaps even adding session days.

This follows up on Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) officially releasing his bill to open primaries last week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Despite a lot of talk, redistricting reform never advanced out from under the weight of over 600 House amendments.

But despite their failure this year, advocates and lawmakers allies are looking at what they can do without a constitutional amendment to change the system ahead of the next census.
Monday, August 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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