Pennsylvanians got great news yesterday; the Republicans failed to hold the Pennsylvania House of House of Representatives resulting in Democratic control of the House, the first time that’s happened since 1994. We must confess, we weren’t shocked. However, it seems the Republican loser Shannon Royer apparently spent quite a bit of time making unnecessary preparations — those draperies ordered for the Royer office won’t be necessary after all. Congratulations to Barbara McIlvaine Smith.
Although the new term does not begin until January, Smith said she will head to Harrisburg on Monday. Smith was not invited to last week's orientation for 50 newly elected state representatives. Royer did attend, setting up his office, putting in for committee assignments and picking up an ID badge and stationery.