In and out. The race for PA Governor continues to see a growing list of candidates vying for the GOP nomination. Earlier this month we saw PA State Senate Pro Tempore Jake Corman announce his candidacy for the nomination. Also announcing this past week was state Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster). But dropping out of the field were state Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) and former Speaker of the House Mike Turzai. The TCI-PAC continues to meet with candidates seeking the governorship, having already met with Harrisburg consultant Charlie Gerow, former congressman Lou Barletta, former Chester County Chamber CEO Guy Ciarrocchi, former US Attorney Bill McSwain, Delaware County Councilman and business owner Dave White, and Sen. Jake Corman. Buckle up…this one will be a wild roller coaster heading into the new year.
One final attempt? The PA House took another step to prevent Governor Wolf from entering the commonwealth into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) by passing a resolution preventing the action. While the measure continues to garner bipartisan support, it fell just five votes short of a “veto-proof majority” needed for an almost certain veto by Governor Wolf. The measure isn’t dead yet, but unless these five votes can be secured the administration is moving forward with plans to enter the multi-state compact.
Maps, maps, and more maps. Much of the legislative activities this week involved wrestling with the legislation redrawing the state’s congressional districts. Currently, Pennsylvania has 18 congressional districts but due to population shifts and the required redrawing of the lines after each Census, Pennsylvania loses one seat and will now only have 17. The House State Government Committee adopted a new map–after weeks of controversy—that was submitted by Lehigh County Commissioner Amanda Holt. Holt’s plan was modified slightly by the committee but for the most part was carried forward. The process isn’t done, however. The state Senate and Governor have to all sign on with the same map and need to do so by the end of January in order to prepare for the upcoming primary elections.
Meeting later today is the State Reapportionment Commission which is tasked for redrawing all 253 state House and Senate districts. We expect those draft maps to become available by the end of the week.
Upcoming schedule. The General Assembly is now in a holiday recess until January 10 when the House returns for session. The Senate is scheduled to return on January 18.
From all of us on the APC staff and “Inside the Capitol” team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Joyful Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2022!