Fair Districts: Writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pitt law professor Mark Nordenberg, who chaired the PA Legislative Reapportionment Commission, outlines the “changing circumstances and timeless values” that shaped this cycle’s General Assembly maps.
See you in court: The dispute over which party controls the PA House and gets to call the special elections to fill the three open seats will probably be resolved in court. And The Inquirer expects “a bigger showdown” Jan. 3, when the new session begins with 100 Republicans and 99 Democrats in the House.
The elections not stolen: A court-ordered recount of four Westmoreland County precincts revealed a three-vote change from the original tally of some 4,200 ballots. Petitioners had complained of fraud and misconduct, but submitted no evidence to back it up. And a Berks County judge rejected claims that voting machines changed votes.
Been there, done that: Former mayor Michael Nutter and onetime Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed are kicking off How to Really Run a City, their new Philadelphia Citizen podcast, by interviewing current Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf. Listen.
Can’t recall: In a PA Capital-Star commentary, Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz argues that the PA House effort to remove Philly DA Larry Krasner is a recall masquerading as an impeachment—and PA doesn’t have a provision for that.
Back-room democracy: Allegheny County Democratic Committee leaders will use ranked-choice voting to select their candidate to fill the seat of the late Rep. Tony DeLuca.