by Brad Christman, WITF, 3/21/17
(Harrisburg) — Governor Tom Wolf is looking for potential appointees to the state Supreme Court.
Under the state Constitution, the governor names an appointee to the vacant Supreme Court seat and that person must then garner a two-thirds majority confirmation vote in the state Senate.
He says he doesn’t have short list.
“I want to make sure working with them to come up with a nominee who is acceptable,” Wolf says. “I want this to be as open as possible.”
The governor says this process will not play out like Supreme Court standoff in Washington D.C….
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by Bill Holmes, East Whiteland Dems, 11/18/15
For the third consecutive Township Supervisor election, a Democratic Supervisor candidate has won a hard fought contest. The last 2 Supervisor races have been decided by less than a 1% margin. These small margins reinforce what we have been communicating to voters in recent elections – each vote matters!
Generally speaking, Democratic candidates did well in East Whiteland. Here are some of the highlights in the township.
All of the Supreme Court candidates outperformed their opponents and captured nearly 55% of the overall votes.
Court of Common Pleas judicial candidate Julia Malloy-Good won East Whiteland with nearly 54% of the vote.
County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was the top vote getter for the County Commissioner’s race. It should be noted that this is the first time that a Democratic candidate for a county row office seat has won in East Whiteland.
These results reflect the hard work of our Committee people and volunteers. Once again we have demonstrated that grassroots efforts can make it a difference. Please consider getting involved as there are plenty ways to volunteer.
by Chris Palmer, philly.com, 11/3/15
HARRISBURG – Democrats on Tuesday won all three open seats on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, a stunning result in a historic race that could dramatically reshape the powerful but scandal-plagued institution for years to come.
Judges Kevin Dougherty, David Wecht, and Christine Donohue will join the seven-member bench in January, creating a dominant 5-2 Democratic majority as the court is poised to consider landmark cases involving the death penalty, natural-gas drilling, and legislative redistricting.
Dougherty, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge and brother of city labor leader John J. Dougherty, was the only Philadelphia-area candidate to win. He also was poised to outpoll all candidates, days after the city’s Democratic establishment publicly urged voters to support him.
Republicans had controlled the bench since 2010, and hoped to retain the majority. But the Republican nominees – Judges Judy Olson, Mike George, and Anne Covey – were solidly defeated, as was independent Paul Panepinto….
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