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Pennsylvania Republicans block seating of Democratic state senator, take control from lieutenant governor

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    soks_n_sandals
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    PA Republicans usurped the power of the people yesterday by refusing to seat an incoming Democrat for the PA state senate. The GOP removed the Lt. Governor and re-instated a Republican to preside...

    PA Republicans usurped the power of the people yesterday by refusing to seat an incoming Democrat for the PA state senate. The GOP removed the Lt. Governor and re-instated a Republican to preside over the illegitimate session.

    Statement from the PA Governer:

    “Republicans in Pennsylvania and nationally have spread disinformation and used it to subvert the democratic process. Sen. Jim Brewster rightfully won the 45th Senate District, but Senate Republicans are ignoring the voters in the district and refusing to swear him in as Senator. This is a shameful power grab that disgraces the institution.

    “It is simply unethical and undemocratic to leave the district without a voice simply because the Republicans don’t like the outcome of the election. Voters, not Harrisburg politicians, decided this election, and Sen. Brewster is the rightful winner.

    “All ballots were counted and certified, and the results are accurate. Sen. Brewster received the most votes in this race and should be sworn in as the Senator for the 45th District. There is no precedent, and no legal rationale, for failing to do so.

    “I will do everything in my power to ensure that voters have the final say in elections.”

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      suspended
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      A top comment taken from r/politics:

      A top comment taken from r/politics:

      It would be highly irregular for the federal courts to try and overrule a state supreme court on a matter that is solely up to the state to handle. I don't understand how they managed to convince the federal court that they had jurisdiction over the issue, it should have been thrown out.

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        soks_n_sandals
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        That's what I would expect to happen. Pennsylvania republicans really frustrate me for a variety of reasons. There are things that would be good for the state that have been blocked, despite being...

        That's what I would expect to happen. Pennsylvania republicans really frustrate me for a variety of reasons. There are things that would be good for the state that have been blocked, despite being the will of the people. An example: A marijuana-funded COVID relief bill to aid local business that have been forced to stay closed. This bill would have ideally also expunged low-level offense records. Almost 2/3 of adults in PA support rec. marijuana. GOP blocked it outright. It would've been a win-win.

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          Obviously, the big news today is that both Democrats won their run-offs in Georgia. Now, the Democrats hold the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.

          Obviously, the big news today is that both Democrats won their run-offs in Georgia. Now, the Democrats hold the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.

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    1. soks_n_sandals
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      I shared it since it seemed like the legislative prequel to yesterday's run on the Capitol building. The PA story was pretty unsettling. I don't support the GOP grandstanding about the election...

      I shared it since it seemed like the legislative prequel to yesterday's run on the Capitol building. The PA story was pretty unsettling. I don't support the GOP grandstanding about the election results, and I certainly didn't expect them to take up these actions in the PA proceedings.

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