Power sharing between governor, GOP enters new territory

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Political-power sharing at Pennsylvania’s Capitol enters unexplored territory in January.

That’s when Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the largest legislative majorities of any political party in modern Pennsylvania history begin a new two-year legislative session.

Republicans picked up three seats in each chamber. They successfully defended seats in moderate suburban Philadelphia and further tilted western Pennsylvania to the GOP.

That means House Republicans will hold the largest majority of either party in the chamber in 60 years, when the constitution allowed seven more seats, or 210. In the Senate, the GOP will seat the biggest majority of either side in almost 80 years.

Wolf downplayed the impact of Republican victories in Tuesday’s election. He says it didn’t change much, and that he’s already sought bipartisan compromise.

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