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
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Turzai faces Skopov, Williams battles Shaffer at candidate forum

Turzai faces Skopov, Williams battles Shaffer at candidate forum

Two sets of candidates in top-tier state races traded blows Thursday night at a forum in the northern Pittsburgh suburbs.

For the 38th Senate District, Democratic candidate Lindsey Williams and Republican Jeremy Shaffer debated for the first half, while in the 28th House District, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai faced off with challenger Emily Skopov on questions around gun control, redistricting and education spending.
Saturday, November 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
In the Pittsburgh suburbs, a bitter battle breaks out for a Senate seat

In the Pittsburgh suburbs, a bitter battle breaks out for a Senate seat

Among the Paneras, LA Fitnesses and frozen yogurt outlets in the northern Pittsburgh suburbs, an autumn crop of political signage is in full bloom. Every busy intersection bristles with placards emblazoned with oversized Ts, red swishes and green outlines of the commonwealth for races up and down the ballot, from governor to Congress to state rep.

Democrats have effectively no shot of flipping the state Senate, but a race for the body in the area looms large particularly in the 38th Senatorial District, as just a single blue flip would break the Republican supermajority.
Monday, October 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Republicans question residency of top Democratic senate candidate

Republicans question residency of top Democratic senate candidate

A lawsuit filed by two district residents, including the chair of a local Republican committee, alleges that a Democratic candidate for state Senate is ineligible to run or be seated if she wins.

The suit, filed Monday, claims that Lindsey Williams, the Democratic candidate in Allegheny County’s 38th Senatorial District, missed the state’s four-year residency requirement by about two months.

Williams, a former teachers’ union official, is running against Republican Jeremy Shaffer, a local township commissioner who beat incumbent Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) in the May primary.

Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
What did well in primaries? Female candidates and anger at incumbents

What did well in primaries? Female candidates and anger at incumbents

The penchant of Pennsylvania’s primary voters for outsiders and women over sitting incumbents fueled the day’s state House outcomes, according to politicos.

Four legislative incumbents lost on an election day that also saw Republican gubernatorial candidates finish their race to out-outsider each other, and sitting Lt. Gov. Mike Stack losing his primary to tattooed progressive Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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