The Daily Banter Headline Grab (from the TPM):
Pennsylvania Senate president Dominic Pileggi (R) has formally introduced a bill to award the state’s electoral votes proportionally, a move that would effectively end its position as a swing state while likely aiding the next Republican presidential candidate.
Republican lawmakers, egged on by the national Republican National Committee, have considered similar measures this year in blue states with GOP-controlled statehouses but in most cases the bills have been ruled out by top Republican officials. In Virginia, a bill to apportion electoral votes by congressional district was voted down decisively in a state Senate committee with a number of Republicans opposing it.
Pennsylvania, however, is still pressing on in a major way. Pileggi’s bill, introduced Thursday, has 13 co-sponsors, half of the 26 votes required to pass a bill through the state senate. Both Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and state Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) expressed support for a modified version of the bill in 2011, but it never came to a vote amid widespread opposition from the state’s Republican members of Congress. Pileggi has argued the bill would encourage candidates to pay greater attention to rural, less populated parts of the state.