Brennan: Little reason for special election 6 weeks before primary
March 14, 2016
by Chris Brennan
The Republicans who control the state House so often seem to hate spending taxes on just about anything.So why did they authorize spending some $350,000 to hold special elections in Philadelphia on Tuesday for two vacant state House seats just six weeks before a primary election?I wanted to ask House Speaker Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican who rarely misses a chance to cast himself as a fiscal conservative, that question, but he declined to be interviewed.Maybe he has a soft spot for special elections. He won his House seat that way in 2001.