Pa. could become national outlier in how it elects appellate judges, worrying some experts

By: Marie Albiges

HARRISBURG — A proposal moving through the GOP-led Pennsylvania legislature could soon make the state an extreme outlier in the country by allowing lawmakers to exert more control over the state Supreme Court and other appellate courts.

The measure, which could be before voters as soon as May, calls for abolishing statewide elections for appellate court judges and replacing them with races in partisan districts determined by lawmakers and redrawn every 10 years.

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Republicans in state Senate plan to review Pa. election results

By: Julian Routh

Continuing their push to use the official levers of state government to scrutinize and review last Tuesday’s election, Republicans in Harrisburg said Wednesday they now plan to use the Senate State Government Committee to review the results.

A day after its counterpart in the House said it would hold hearings of its own on the election, the Senate committee said it would “immediately undertake a thorough review of the state’s election in order to instill confidence in the results.”

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