While most people were watching the trainwreck in the House in Washington D.C., the ‘Uniparty’, a coalition of RINOs and Democrats, emerged more openly in Ohio.
In the surprise upset, Stephens (R-Kitts Hill), who is allegedly pledging to stop far-right policies and act as a full moderate, is chosen as one of the most significant and influential leaders in the state…
Back in December, the GOP caucus voted for Derek Merrin to be speaker, a surprise to his two other challengers – one was Stephens.
Stephens decided to fight, and he fought in collaboration with the Democrats.
“They needed our votes and we took the opportunity to make sure that we were going to be working with the speaker who we felt at the end of the day would work with us on the issues we could agree on,” Democratic Minority Leader Allison Russo said.
Russo said her discussions with the Republican were productive and allowed her caucus to vote, all 32 of them, for Stephens. She mentioned they spoke about getting fair district maps — but most of the conversation was on priority bills, like education issues.
“The importance of our public schools and for them to be well-funded and well-resourced,” she said.
The deal may also stop the “Backpack Bill,” which would allow education funding to be awarded per child rather than to school districts for distribution, which Russo seemed to confirm.
This screws parents, undermines schools choice and reaffirms the supremacy of Democrats and their main lobby, the teachers’ unions, which keeps kids hostage to feed their political agenda.
And now over to Pennsylvania.
A Democrat-turned-independent Pennsylvania state representative was elected Speaker of the state’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, after several Republicans joined with Democrats in a surprise turn of events.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark Rozzi, who has served as a Democratic member of the House for a decade, said he would govern as an independent, after the closely divided chamber voted 115-85 to elect him Speaker. Rozzi is the first independent Speaker of the Pennsylvania House.
Despite taking a slim one-seat majority in November’s elections, Pennsylvania Democrats were down three members in the House on Tuesday, after the death of one state representative and the resignations of two others.
This meant Democrats had 99 members to Republicans’ 101 members and could not elect House Democratic Leader Rep. Joanna McClinton as they had planned.
Republican state Rep. Jim Gregory, who initially put forward Rozzi as a candidate for the Speakership, acknowledged the peculiar nature of his nomination on Tuesday.
“At first blush, many might be wondering why a Republican is standing up to nominate a member of the Democrat caucus,” Gregory said. “The answer is really very simple – we must have a Speaker that reflects the realities that we have before us.”
“For me, Rep. Rozzi has proven himself to be an independent voice,” he continued. “I believe that he will continue to forge that independent path in remaining a fair arbiter for the business of this chamber.”
Could this happen nationally? Probably not. Yet. But I wouldn’t rule it out too definitely.