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Dear PAOLMA Members,
This week three of the 4 legislative caucuses in the Pennsylvania General Assembly elected their leadership teams for the 2021-22 legislative session which begins in January, 2021. House Republicans chose their team earlier this week as did House Democrats and Senate Republicans today. Senate Democrats will chose their leaders next week.
*Speaker- Bryan Cutler (Lancaster)
Majority Leader- Kerry Benninghoff (Centre)
Majority Appropriations Committee Chairman- Stan Saylor (York)
Majority Whip- Donna Oberlander (Clarion)
Majority Caucus Chairman- Mike Reese (Westmoreland)
Majority Caucus Administrator- Kurt Masser (Columbia/Northumberland)
Majority Caucus Secretary- Martina White (Philadelphia)
Majority Policy Committee Chairman- Martin Causer (Bradford)
* The Speaker of the House is elected by the entire body of the House in an election which will occur on reorganization of the House in January, 2021. Today’s vote was a nominating vote by the Republican Caucus but does not afford Mr. Cutler the Speaker’s position until all Republicans and Democrats vote for the position in January. Democrats have the right to nominate a member of their caucus for Speaker of the House but, of course, would not have enough votes to elect that person unless the Republicans in the majority decided to support the Democrat candidate for Speaker—which is highly unlikely.
Minority Leader- Joanna McClinton (Philadelphia)
Minority Appropriations Committee Chairman- Matt Bradford (Montgomery)
Minority Whip- Jordan Harris (Philadelphia)
Minority Caucus Chairman- Dan Miller (Allegheny)
Minority Caucus Administrator- Mike Schlossberg (Lehigh)
Minority Caucus Secretary- Tina Davis (Bucks)
Minority Policy Committee Chairman- Ryan Bizzarro (Erie)
*President Pro Tempore– Jake Corman (Centre)
Majority Leader- Kim Ward (Westmoreland)
Majority Appropriations Committee Chairman- Pat Browne (Lehigh)
Majority Whip- John Gordner (Columbia/Northumberland)
Majority Caucus Chairman- Bob Mensch (Montgomery/Bucks)
Majority Caucus Secretary- Ryan Aument (Lancaster)
*As in the House Speaker’s position, the Senate President Pro Tempore must be elected by the entire body of the Senate. That vote, with both Republicans and Democrats casting votes, did occur today and Senator Corman has been elected to the position of President Pro Tempore for the 2021-22 legislative session in the Senate
Dear PAOLMA Members,
The counting of General Election ballots in Pennsylvania is still not complete. As of this hour:
Former Vice President Biden has a 49.74%-49.11% lead over President Trump. Under state law an automatic recount of any statewide race is permitted if the winning margin in the race is 0.5% or less. In the presidential race the Secretary of State (Democrat Kathy Boockvar) would have to call for the recount. Boockvar has been heavily criticized in the past month for her department’s administration of the election mechanics in Pennsylvania, and the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader have both publicly called for her resignation in the past week. Finally, the Trump campaign has filed numerous lawsuits in Commonwealth Court regarding voting/counting irregularities and the inability to attend and view the vote counting of mail-in and absentee ballots. One can only wonder the dramatic scene that might occur when PA’s 20 presidential Electors arrive in Harrisburg to cast their votes on December 14, 2020!
The PA congressional delegation did not change. The current field of 9 Democrats and 9 Republicans were all re-elected and will return to Congress for the 117th Session. Democrat Conor Lamb won a close and hard-fought battle in Southwest PA as did Democrats Susan Wild in the Lehigh Valley/Allentown and Matt Cartwright in Northeast PA. Republican Scott Perry was a national target of the DCCC in 2020 but garnered 56% of the vote on the way to victory.
A “Red Wave” swept through the 3 PA row offices– each currently held by a Democrat. Democrat Josh Shapiro will now adjust his focus to running for Governor in 2022 after narrowly defeating a no-name Republican with 50.6% of the vote. His victory was not a surprise but the margin leads one to pause. In a historic race, Republican Tim DeFoor becomes the first person of color to be elected to one of Pennsylvania’s 3 statewide row offices as he has easily been elected Auditor General. A bright political career begins! Incumbent Treasurer Joe Torsella (D) is in trouble and still trails Republican Stacy Garrity by 81,000 votes in his re-election bid. This seat may flip in the next 24 hours.
One State Senate seat is still too close to call and Allegheny County will continue to count mail-in and provisional ballot votes through Tuesday of this week to determine the outcome. A Republican challenger leads incumbent Democrat Jim Brewster by 400 votes with 3,200 ballots to count. If Brewster loses, the Republican majority in the State Senate will be 29-20-1. Of course, if he wins, that will shift to 28-21-1. Too close to call and both sides appear optimistic. Currently Republicans have lost one incumbent in Southeast PA and Democrats have lost a member in Southwest PA—continuing the statewide trend that eastern PA is a growing Democrat demographic and western PA is growing as a Republican base.
In the House it appears that the Republicans will grow their current majority to 113-90 over the Democrats with the surprising upset occurring for current House Minority Leader Frank Dermody. Again, in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), where the counting continues, Leader Dermody is trailing. If he loses, as anticipated, the Republicans will have flipped 4 Democrat seats and lost one Republican seat.
In a not-so-scientific practice I have tracked the change of membership in the General Assembly in Pennsylvania every two years since the early 1990’s and have generally concluded that, on average, the 253 seats see a 13%-16% change in membership after these biennial elections (with one or two cycles being notable exceptions). If current election results hold the Assembly will see a 12.2% turnover as a result of the 2020 election.
Leadership elections for each of the four caucuses in the Senate and House had been scheduled for tomorrow, November 10th, to select new leadership teams for the 2021-22 session of the General Assembly. The uncertainty of election outcomes has forced the postponement of three of the four caucus leadership elections to a later date. Only House Republicans will elect their new leadership team on November 10th. Senate Republicans have postponed until November 12th. The Democrat caucuses are still waiting to decide on new dates.
Finally, legislatively, there is a good chance that the General Assembly will schedule session for November 16-18, 2020 to enact the remainder of the 2020-21 fiscal year budget. As you may recall, Pennsylvania funded a budget in late May, 2020 for only the first 5 months of the fiscal 2020-21 year to end on November 30, 2020. The General Assembly will now return to fund the remaining 7 months of government operations and programs. Upon completion of the remaining budget the General Assembly is expected to recess for the year, the 2019-20 legislative session will conclude by constitutional mandate on November 30, 2020 and a new General Assembly will be sworn in during the first week of January 2021.
We will try to provide a very brief synopsis of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania once all votes have been counted and the Department of State publishes final and official results in all races.
Dear PAOLMA Members,
The results from Pennsylvania’s General Election voting are incomplete.
Two factors contribute to what may be a three-day wait for final results in all elections in Pennsylvania.
Since the 2018 election the General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf enacted law that allowed for mail-in voting, drop-box voting and the prohibition of straight ticket voting. In mid-September the Democratic-controlled Supreme Court issued an Order based on a suit filed by the Republican party in Pennsylvania. The complaint sought to have all ballots in Pennsylvania, of whatever type, counted by the conclusion of Election Day, 2020. The Supreme Court held that ballots arriving after Election Day, November 3, 2020, could still be counted as long as they are either postmarked by November 3rd or it is proven that they were not sent after November 3rd. Ballots must be received by November 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The US Supreme Court decided not to hear two cases filed in late October by the Pennsylvania GOP so the state Supreme Court Order stands.
As a result, many county courthouses in Pennsylvania have not fully completed the counting of ballots. Only 46% of ballots have been counted in Philadelphia City/County. About the same in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh). Counting was suspended last night in those locales and continues at 9:00 AM this morning. Because the Court did not mandate the counting of mail-in and drop ballots prior to election day as ballots came into the courthouses, these larger jurisdictions have piles of uncounted ballots in their possession this morning.
President Trump leads former Vice President Biden statewide by about 675,000 votes—but with many uncounted ballots in Allegheny County and Philadelphia County (and the Democratic-vote rich ring counties of Southeast PA) this margin will shrink and may disappear completely. Statewide, 57% of the total vote has been reported.
Congressional races are still undecided although it appears that Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) is holding a comfortable lead and that suburban Philadelphia district is carrying Republican at the top of the ticket and down ballot as well.
Conservative Congressman Scott Perry (PA-10) appears to have held off the challenge of PA Auditor General, Democrat Eugene Depasquale in that central PA seat..
Democrat “Wunderkind” Conor Lamb (PA-17) is in a close tussle in his suburban Pittsburgh seat where President Trump is faring very well. With so many ballots still uncounted in Allegheny County it is foolhardy to predict this race at this time—but this will be a close vote at the end. Republican Sean Parnell has been a formidable opponent.
Pennsylvania’s 50 Member State Senate is currently in Republican Majority (28-21-1). Republicans were worried about losing control of the majority there, but this morning they appear to have picked up one or two western PA Democrat seats while only losing one suburban Philadelphia seat. A final majority for Republicans in the State Senate might be (30-19-1) or (31-18-1). The Republicans will hold a comfortable majority in the State Senate in the 2012-2022 legislative session.
The State House is currently in Republican majority at 110-93. Pre-election predictions had Republicans losing seats and, perhaps, the majority for the coming session. It now appears that a comfortable Republican majority will hold in the State House for the 2021-2022 legislative session. Incumbent western PA Democrat House members are fighting for their lives to remain in office as the “red wave” is now beginning to consume Pennsylvania west of the Susquehanna River. However, Republican House members in the Philadelphia suburbs still have to wait for the results of tens of thousands of uncounted ballots, and are predicted to lose some of their seats. It is just too early to know the final numerical make-up of the House of Representatives for next session although it is pretty clear that the Republicans will be in charge.
PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D), Democrat State Treasurer Joe Torsella, and the Democrat (Philadelphia-based) candidate for State Auditor General in that open seat race, are all trailing their Republican opponents. All three Democrats live in the Democratic-rich registered counties of Philadelphia and suburban Philadelphia. Shapiro is the prohibitive Democrat favorite to be the party’s 2022 nominee for Governor in PA. Torsella is also considering a run for Governor or the US Senate in 2022 on the Democrat ticket. Current results would derail some pretty significant political careers. BUT with less than half of Philadelphia’s ballots still uncounted and many uncounted ballots still in the ring counties surrounding the City, the complexion of these races is likely to change dramatically.
Bottom line: most of the Republican “red” counties in Pennsylvania have reported in their full vote counts for the 2020 General election. Many highly registered Democrat counties have as many as half their ballots still uncounted and unreported. Courthouses have until Friday at 5:00 PM to finalize those counts.
Please look for an update from me on the 2020 election results from Pennsylvania in the coming hours!