Despite big election swing, Senate leadership unchanged

While the Pennsylvania Senate had its biggest electoral swing since 1954, it was not roiled by the same number of leadership changes as in the House.

While eight incumbent senators, all Republicans, either retired, resigned, ran for higher office or lost an election, the chamber only lost one minor leadership figure: Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks), the caucus administrator, who retired.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

While the House Republican majority chain of command made an orderly shift upwards, the chamber’s Democratic power base moved from west to east on Tuesday, following their 11 seat gain concentrated in the Philly suburbs.

For Republicans, in a long expected move, House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) replaced retiring Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) as the new floor leader for next session.

Then in two upsets, Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) beat out Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) for Whip, while Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) defeated Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) for Appropriations Chair.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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
Categories: News and Views
Amid high turnout, Philadelphia sends new faces to Harrisburg

Amid high turnout, Philadelphia sends new faces to Harrisburg

Over 530,000 Philadelphians cast their vote for the 2018 midterm election on Tuesday, an increase of nearly 40 percent from the 2014 midterms.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf wins, GOP Senate super majority broken and double digit House seats flip in midterm

Wolf wins, GOP Senate super majority broken and double digit House seats flip in midterm

Here's the PLS Reporter crew's minute-by-minute replay of the midterms in the commonwealth that ended with Gov. Tom Wolf earning a second term. He'll be joined by new Democrats in both chambers, including at least three pickups in the Pennsylvania Senate and 10 blue House members, nearly all coming from the southeast.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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