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End of an era

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 3, 2012 12:51 PM

josephsmetcalfe.jpgIt may have been our last chance to see the state House’s most antithetical members square off in committee: Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, known for, among other things, being an outspoken supporter of voter ID, and Democrat Rep. Babette Josephs, who has tried to spearhead a constitutional amendment banning any voter ID requirement.

Capitolwire was there to bear witness:

It wasn’t a long meeting, but for the last voting meeting of the State House Government Committee this legislative session, it kept with past committee precedent.  

The committee’s two chairpersons – Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, and Minority Chairwoman Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia – once again traded a few more verbal barbs – their last because Josephs won’t be returning to the House next session.

To start the meeting, Metcalfe put Josephs on the spot, asking if she would like to lead the committee in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Josephs, who has never participated in that pre-meeting activity during the last two years- except to stand while others recite the pledge – snapped back at Metcalfe: “Thank you but I don’t pledge the allegiance based upon my First Amendment rights and the fact that I really think that it’s a prayer, and I don’t pray in public.”

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