Sunday, February 7, 2016

Presidential voting takes center stage in Capitol

The hot ticket in Harrisburg today is the Senate State Government Committee hearing on Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi's proposal to change the way Pennsylvania awards its presidential votes.

Presidential voting takes center stage in Capitol


The hot ticket in Harrisburg today is the Senate State Government Committee hearing on Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi's proposal to change the way Pennsylvania awards its presidential votes.

The Delaware Republican proposes shifting from the current winner-take-all system to one that divvies up electoral college votes based on votes in each Congressional district.

The idea got support from Gov. Corbett but took heat from GOP and Democrats alike - and has given an opening to the "popular vote" movement.

On tap today beginning at 11 a.m. (scheduled to be broadcast on PCN-TV and livestreamed at PA Senate ) in hearing room No. One in the North office building, is a slate of testifiers on both sides of the issue, including Corbett's deputy chief of staff, Luke Bernstein. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College, Chris Borick of Muhlenberg College, Randall Lane editor of Forbes magazine., Jim Burn PA State Democratic Party chairman, Alan Novak, former GOP State Party chairman, Lora Lavin, League of Women Voters, Barry Kauffman, Common Cause of Pennsylvania, James Broussard, Lebanon Valley College.

At 1 p.m. the marquee names leading National Popular Vote Movement - former U.S. Senator and acotr Fred Thompson, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and former NY gubernatorial candidate Tom Golisano -appear a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda. They are advocating for their proposed electoral college change: the passsage of a bill that would establish that all of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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