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Effort to fill open seats on Pennsylvania high court stalls

Efforts to fill two vacant seats this year on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court hit a standstill Monday after one of Gov. Tom Wolf's nominees, under fire for forwarding a racially insensitive email, withdrew from consideration. The withdrawal of Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler, a Republican, also raised the politically thorny question of whether the Republican-controlled Senate would confirm a second nominee, a Democrat, and lose a GOP majority on the Supreme Court. The timing is important because the Senate had hoped to fill the two vacant seats before the seven-seat Supreme Court next holds an oral argument session on March 9. In a statement, Kistler said nothing about an...