In recent months, the specter of crime has been a central talking point in Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano’s campaign for governor.
In recent months, the specter of crime has been a central talking point in Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano’s campaign for governor.
Commonwealth Court judges are mulling whether the Republican-led probe into Pennsylvania’s election system can move forward.
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The justices rejected the GOP argument that the legislature did not have the power to allow Pennsylvanians to vote by mail without an excuse.
“Independent voters (are) closely divided, 44% with Zeldin, 42% with Hochul.”
“If you embrace antisemites and racists and homophobes and xenophobes, then you are one of them.”
Multiple federal investigations as well as court rulings and state-mandated audits found no evidence of extraordinary election problems.
Whether the high-profile races for governor and U.S. Senate motivates voters to turn out this fall is an open question.
While Governor Hochul is favored to win, her running mate, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, does not hold the same level of support.
The January 6th committee focused on Trump’s scheme to pressure Republicans in swing states to overturn the 2020 election.
Twice in the past 15 years, a lieutenant governor in New York found themselves suddenly elevated to governor.
Andrew Giuliani was not on stage and had to take part virtually in the first two debates due to his vaccination status.
The new laws are intended to counter U.S. Supreme Court decisions of the past decade rolling back parts of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The probe has been snared by court challenges, procedural headaches, and funding issues.
Whoever wins the special election for the 23rd Congressional District will serve out the remainder of Reed’s term, which ends in December.
Still unknown is whether one of the commonwealth’s biggest conservative fundraisers, billionaire Wall Street trader Jeffrey Yass, will give Mastriano money.
A longtime observer of the panel’s work notes the documents he handed over and the behavior of some of past witnesses suggests the chat will be limited
The measure would also create new legal protections against voter intimidation and deception, and allow voters to more easily sue.
Around 800 Republicans, who either forgot to write the date they submitted their vote on an outside envelope or made a mistake when they wrote it.
The new 24th district, which includes most of Oswego County and stretches west through the Finger Lakes and into Niagara County in western New York.
Mastriano rose to the top of a crowded GOP field for PA governor through candid chats about his extreme conservative views.
Both challengers, in their races against Rep. Stan Saylor and Sen. Pat Browne, criticized their tenure.
Industry condemns the report, while advocates cite growing climate fears.
“That’s a tougher hill for (Claudia Tenney) to climb, but she’s got a lot of name recognition. She has money; she has incumbency.”
Political observers have said Doug Mastriano would likely have to moderate his positions in order to be successful statewide.
The congressional committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 has subpoenaed Mastriano, but he didn’t appear for a deposition in March.
New York is set to hold a primary election on June 28 for statewide offices, but primaries for congressional and state Senate seats will be held on Aug. 23.
Democrats and Republicans will consider a number of races, while unaffiliated voters in some parts of the state will weigh ballot questions.
No-excuse mail voting is still valid in Pennsylvania despite an ongoing case before the state Supreme Court.
For this election cycle, the rule applies only to Benjamin, who was indicted April 12 on federal corruption charges and resigned later that day.
The state Board of Elections says its staff is ready to “quickly develop a new Political Calendar for an August primary”.
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“I would like the Legislature to….(correct) what is really a strange part of our law that does not allow the removal of someone who is under indictment.”
“We seriously disagree with the proposition that this was an egregious gerrymander. We don’t believe it was a gerrymander at all.”
Hawkins and his running mate Gloria Mattera said their first order of business is to get the Green Party on the ballot.
Questions About the Disgraced Former Lt. Gov. Continue to Follow Governor Hochul.
Experts say the panel is trying to justify sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot rules.
The proposals directly oppose the wishes of advocates who have for years pushed to remove elected officials from the process.
Pennsylvania’s coordinated campaign has around 40 volunteers stationed across key regions, including 16 on various college campuses
People running for precinct committee or county party spots can now ask for nomination signatures until March 15.
“Lawmakers have shackled the hands of law enforcement with irresponsible restrictions, while simultaneously allowing violent criminals to operate with impunity.”
It’s been a pitched battle so far, since both major parties have been eyeing the opportunity to claim an edge for several years.
“I spoke with our keynote speaker today, Hillary Clinton, a few months ago. She tried to persuade me not to run,”
Justices can now either endorse a map chosen by a lower court, choose from the other options, or appoint an outside expert to draw a completely different one.
“We are going to continue speaking to New Yorkers. That is basically the strategy. And let them know what our administration is accomplishing.”
There are workarounds to problems with technical problems regarding signature verification.
The map could make small changes to the partisan composition of the chamber while improving traditional metrics.
“I think her decision to declare immediately after the boundaries were proposed, reflects an effort to try to deter other potential Republicans…from running.”
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will pick the final map.
Just over a year ago, a judge ordered county elections officials to certify Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-22) as the winner in New York’s 22nd Congressional District race. Elections officials say many of the administrative failures have since been resolved.
“The real question is whether courts are going to be willing to wade into that.”
The Commonwealth Court ruled a key provision of the state’s last major election law overhaul unconstitutional.
“There should be regret for not recognizing and respecting the will of the people.”
“As we unravel the gerrymanders of the past, it doesn’t make it a gerrymander of today. These are districts drawn fairly.”
“(Tenney) is a particularly conservative Republican. She’s very much of a firebrand type and style, like former President Trump in some ways.”
If approved, the new districts would result in some major changes across central and northern New York.
Mail voting will remain in place in Pennsylvania for the time being as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration appeals the decision to the state Supreme Court.
Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough spent nearly all of Thursday hearing from groups that drew those maps during proceedings in Harrisburg.
The state Senate voted Monday to approve a Republican-backed plan that nonpartisan analysts say has a clear GOP advantage.
State election law and Dept. of State guidance show ballots are counted and re-counted, a process that’s open to a representative for each candidate and party.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily blocked the inspection.
Broome County legislators voted along party lines Tuesday night to adopt a new legislative district map, favored by Republicans. Last week, many residents voiced their concerns about the map in a public hearing.
With the Jan. 30 deadline imposed by Pa. Commonwealth Court approaching, the Republican-controlled state Senate is trying to cobble together a compromise.
Already, conservatives including former President Trump are applauding the news.
The proposed congressional redistricting map passed along party lines.
The Pennsylvania House plans to pass a Republican-drawn draft of the map.
A Pennsylvania House committee is moving forward a number of measures.
If the commission fails to agree on a new set of maps to send to the Legislature for consideration, lawmakers will then take over the process.
Mastriano was filmed walking past police barricades with protestors at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
The House Republican caucus blasted out a press release deriding the House proposal as an “extreme partisan gerrymander in favor of Democrats.”
The map approval process drew criticism from fair district advocates, Democrats, and at least one Republican.
The new congressional map must account for the loss of one seat, dropping the state’s D.C. delegation from 18 to 17 starting with the 2022 races.
Both would likely be better for Republican candidates than the current, court-drawn map is, but lawmakers say neither will be their final draft.
“There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job.”
The state House GOP selected a map submitted by a former Republican commissioner in Lehigh County emphasizes equal population above all else.
“[For] the things that have some veracity, we’ll do some additional digging and if it’s worthy of being presented before the committee.”
“It’s just uncertain and unclear at this point what the commission will do, what the legislature will do, and when this will all happen.”
Last week, a month after lawmakers introduced the tool, not a single constituent map was shown on the website.
One political observer says residency might still become a problem for him on the campaign trail.
Suozzi says the polarization between the left and the right and resulting extremism is “killing” the country.
“We are hopeful he [Wolf] does come to the table [on this bill] and we can help voters vote and help those who administer our elections.”
“How about this New Year’s resolution- that in the days after New Year’s that we say ‘everybody’ back in the office.”
Williams is expected to frame Hochul as a hold-over of the Cuomo administration,
That’s a huge chunk of change, considering former Gov. Andrew Cuomo had $18 million in the bank when he resigned.
Critics argue the real aim of the grants was to unfairly increase voter turnout for Democratic and progressive candidates.
“I think the Pa. GOP has shifted a bit from [wanting] the most conservative candidate possible to, ‘Who is the most electable?’
“We came off an election (in 2020), where Democrats were all charged up to beat Donald Trump. They succeeded. So that motivator is gone.”
The race between Democrat Maria McLaughlin and Republican Kevin Brobson was marked by big campaign spending and negative ads.
Hundreds of local races across Pennsylvania are on today’s ballot, but determining who is bankrolling the candidates can be onerous.
“With this Unity map, we have the opportunity to elect a candidate of our choice who truly represents us.
Democrats favor one set of maps, while GOP commissioners support a different plan.
Millions of dollars from special interests are pouring into the election, a clear sign of the potential future decisions that could hang in the balance.
“Even though we have 90 days to develop a preliminary plan…we’re all hopeful that we can get it done much sooner than that.”
There are pros and cons to a ballot proposal that would guarantee New Yorkers’ rights to clean air and water.
“We definitely recommend for this election that voters do their homework…know what these proposals are.”
Ken Butler will not be on the ballot, but has been rallying support for a write-in campaign.
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“We have an opportunity here. Let’s make the best of it. Pennsylvania’s Hispanic community is ready to be a steward of change rather than victims of it.”
Governor Hochul, who was virtually unknown before she took over, has a 55% approval rating, according to the Marist College poll.
“We must never allow this unprecedented abuse of power to happen again.”
The Senate proposal would end the ability of voters to place themselves on a permanent list to receive mail-in ballots.
“We have a governor who has proven she can do the job and do it with distinction. We have a governor, who by any measure has earned our support.”
“I’m the most prepared person to assume this responsibility, and I am going to ask the voters at some point for their faith in me again.”
When asked directly at the end of the event if she was running for governor next year, James jokingly interrupted the questioner and took her exit.
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s retirement is leaving a rare power vacuum in one of the country’s swingiest swing states.
“I’ve spent my entire career, most of my life, pushing and advocating and fighting on behalf of the people and against injustice and inertia.”
Such reviews are only just beginning elsewhere. That includes in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin .
About 7,000 prisoners will still be counted as residents of the districts where their prisons are located.
“We were also trying to run safe polling places and also deal with the additional attention that came from a very contentious presidential election.”
“I would be remiss not to note that over the last couple of years, there has been a great change, but they’ve really put a burden on our boards.”
“This is an attack on our country’s greatest freedom,” Williams said. “It’s an attack on our right to vote.”
Instead of unveiling just one proposed set of maps, the commission released two versions.
The process of passing a congressional map, which the state must do every decades, is essentially the same as passing a bill into law.
“The goal [of this hearing] is simply to stoke distrust and division. The most exasperating part of it all is that everyone on this panel knows that.”
“They’re the ones that live here. They’re the ones that have a voice.”
“Open up this process further than you already have. Make it easy for the public to follow and participate.”
State prisoners will be counted as residents of the districts where they originally lived.
Jake Corman maintains the Senate’s aim is not to turn Trump’s defeat into victory, but to “getting to the bottom of everything that went on.”
“It’s not been demonstrated that there’s a need for this audit, and other folks have rejected the notion that something needs to be done as well.”
“We’re hopeful that we can get through this process, but the census information coming at such a late time has really put us behind schedule.”
A Republican-majority county board in rural northern Pennsylvania on Tuesday accused a state senator of creating “unnecessary chaos.”
Federal officials said turning over things like ballots or hard drives to anyone who isn’t an election official could violate the Civil Rights Act.
One big question: How hard should mapmakers try to match up district lines with county and municipal borders?
“We don’t love all of them, truthfully.”
So far, Tioga and York Counties have both said they will not be voluntarily turning over any material. Tioga said the primary reason was that Governor Tom Wolf’s administration had heavily discouraged it.
Zeldin was one of four Republican members of Congress from New York who voted against certifying the results in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
“My case is gonna be made with 3 million registered Republicans who are gonna decide who they feel is their most electable, conservative Republican to take on the Democratic machine.”
Governor Cuomo, who has an antagonistic relationship with the left of his party, says he and Eric Adams come from the “same political philosophy.”
Although the Congressional maps for 2022 aren’t determined yet, 2020 candidate Kyle Van De Water says he is running again.
The call for public input is a departure from previous redistricting commissions, which have operated largely in secret.
The suspension by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and a New York state appellate court stems from Rudy Giuliani’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
New York saw a few major upsets Tuesday, with some new faces expected to lead at least two of the state’s major cities starting next year.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took the lead in New York City’s mayoral primary race Tuesday while former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang conceded.
“Voters are going to be asked a simple question. Should we add to New York state’s bill of rights, the right to clean air, clean water and a healthful environment?”
The term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio is exiting after eight years in office, leaving the door of Gracie Mansion wide open for a newcomer. The race is tight, and the field is diverse.
Republicans, who have not won a statewide election in nearly 20 years, are energized by the multiple scandals that are weakening current Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Sen. David Argall (R., Schuylkill) told Spotlight PA he does not see the “damage in doing it one more time to try to answer the concerns that people have.”
“If you add in the fact that we have had this crisis, and the governor has taken some heat for it, and the fact that people aren’t feeling better economically, I think that all comes together to produce these lower ratings.”
Republicans have described it as “comprehensive,” and the product of witness and expert testimony during a series of committee meetings earlier this year.
Many aspects of the proposal may not address actual problems, one expert said.
Pennsylvania Republicans lawmakers are calling for stricter voter identification requirements, in-person early voting, signature verification of mail ballots, and other major changes.
The ballot questions were widely seen as a referendum on the Wolf administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ballots are still being counted. The process will likely continue for at least another day.
Fox News says its coverage of bogus election-fraud claims was “accurate and disinterested” and is protected by the First Amendment.
Barletta, a former Hazleton mayor and four-term member of Congress, has far more electoral experience than any other potential challenger for the GOP nomination.
A few different versions of one of the ballot questions were designed and then randomly assigned each of the voters to answer one.
The suit was filed by eight Republicans hoping to keep or earn county legislature seats. It was one of multiple similar lawsuits filed across the state.
“Many of these disasters, while often short-lived, have long and complex recovery periods lasting weeks, months, and in some cases, years or decades.”
The Legislature could place Stefanik and Tenney in the same district. Both are outspoken conservative women.
“We’re looking at legal options because when you’re talking about 89 [people], I mean, that could be a minor mistake.”
If 89 more people had been counted last year as part of the federal census in New York, the state wouldn’t be losing a seat in Congress for at least the next decade.
“I believe that New York is ready to be returned to glory, but it’s not going to happen with a continued reign of Andrew Cuomo.”
“Right now we’re looking to negotiate.”
“I believe that New York is ready to be returned to glory, but it’s not going to happen with the continued reign of Andrew Cuomo.”
“Pennsylvania would increase security of its election, lighten the burden on election officials, and ensure that all voters have an opportunity to return their ballot and ensure that it’s counted.”
“There’s nothing extraordinary in what the Supreme Court did in interpreting these [election] statutes. It’s what they do every day.”
The Oneida County Attorney says the county and DOJ’s goals are the same, to ensure the rights of voters are protected.
The two new candidates come after Republican Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed announced he will not seek elected office again.
Voters will elect a slew of new judges to Pennsylvania’s three statewide appellate courts — judges who will no doubt shape important policy in the state for at least the next decade.
Several of the men and women from Pennsylvania are among the highest-profile cases under investigation by the FBI.
The defendant is accused of helping rioters overpower D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who was beaten with flagpoles, tased and had his gear stolen.
Last month, Vance’s office received the former president’s tax returns after a years-long battle, after the Supreme Court paved the way for a New York grand jury to obtain and review the documents.
“If some of these folks have statewide aspirations, that is at least potentially an issue that could come back to be a liability in a statewide race.”
A majority of Democrats in the state Legislature either haven’t taken a public position on whether Cuomo should resign, or have said they want to wait for the results of the attorney general’s investigation.
The Republican ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2018, hitching his wagon to former State Sen. Scott Wagner.
“You need to weave together coalitions of people from different demographics, regions of the state, but also different ideologies. There just aren’t enough Republican votes to win an election.”
“Your next mayor will not only need to ensure public safety, maintain the roads and bridges, upkeep the parks, and manage your sewer and water service.”
Recent population estimates and data from the latest American Community Survey can be used to help figure out where the new district lines should be.
Tenney would’ve voted against the second impeachment of Trump, saying fiery language is used on both sides and protected by the First Amendment.
By law, a five-member legislative committee called the Legislative Reapportionment Commission spearheads the map drawing process.
Currently, there are 600,000 more registered Democratic voters than Republicans in the commonwealth.