Q&A on the News

Q: Now that the election is over, what is the final split in the Senate and House of Representatives between Democrats and Republicans? How has it changed since the previous government?

—David Dickey, Dallas

A: Democrats picked up two seats in the Senate in this month’s election, but Republicans still have control with 51 seats.

There’s a runoff in Louisiana between Republican John Kennedy and Foster Campbell, a Democrat.

Republicans also kept control in the House of Representatives, where they have 239 seats to 194 for the Democrats.

There are two House runoffs in Louisiana.

Republican Mike Johnson and Democrat Marshall Jones are running for the state’s 4th District seat. Two Republicans — Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins — are in the runoff in the 5th District.

The Louisiana election will be held Dec. 10.

Republicans hold a 247-188 advantage in the current House of Representatives.

Q: Georgia and Florida are waging a legal battle in a Maine courtroom over equal sharing of the Chattahoochee River. Why would this be taking place in Maine?

—Kathy McDonough, Peachtree Corners

A: A courtroom wasn’t available in Washington, the AJC reported, and the special master appointed to hear the case lives in Portland, Maine.

Ralph Lancaster was selected in November 2014 as the special master who will settle the water dispute between Georgia and Florida that’s lasted 27 years.

Lancaster is an attorney with Pierce Atwood.

The trial began Oct. 31.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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