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The 2016 Election

Monday, November 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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VoteWASHINGTON, D.C. - The national election November 8 was a stunning upset, with Donald Trump (R-NY) coming from behind to beat favored Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for the presidency. In addition, Republicans kept their hold on both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Republicans now have a unified hold on the U.S. executive and legislative branches of federal government.

Republicans continue to hold their 13-5 seat advantage over Democrats in the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation. With Senator Toomey’s (R-Lehigh) victory over challenger Katie McGinty (D-Montgomery), Pennsylvania continues to be represented in the Senate by a Republican and a Democrat, Robert Casey (D-Lackawanna).

Time will tell if this Republican alignment of the federal power structure will result in breaking the Washington gridlock. There remain deep divisions among more traditional Republicans and those that supported Donald Trump. In addition, the Republican advantage in the Senate is just 51 seats, short of the 60 seats required for a filibuster-proof majority.

And as we learned in Pennsylvania, having one party in control of both houses of the legislature and the chief executive office is no guarantee of legislative success. Governor Corbett (R-Allegheny) found it frustratingly difficult to get many of his legislative priorities enacted into law with a Republican-controlled legislature.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, Republicans tightened their hold on both the state House and Senate, with the Senate now holding a veto-proof 34-16 majority. Considering this result, Governor Wolf (D-York) sounded a conciliatory tone in his assessment of the election results, stating his hope to “continue working with Republicans who already held historic majorities to make Pennsylvania stronger.”

On the other hand, Democrats bucked the Republican wave and won all three of the state-wide row offices: Treasurer Joe Torsella, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

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