Governor Wolf Creates Commission to Find Fair Redistricting Solutions

first_imgGovernor Wolf Creates Commission to Find Fair Redistricting Solutions November 29, 2018 Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Redistricting Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is taking action to build on the bipartisan support for making Pennsylvania’s redistricting process more fair and nonpartisan. The governor signed an executive order today establishing the bipartisan Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission and appointed David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the non-profit Committee of Seventy, as chairman.“This commission will bring together diverse experts and citizens to explore ways that Pennsylvania could use policies, technology and data to curb gerrymandering and ensure fair maps,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “There has been significant bipartisan support for bringing more fairness to this process. The goal of this commission is to hear from experts and citizens about what can be done to make this process more fair. The redistricting process should ensure every citizen’s voice is heard in our democratic process.”Executive Order 2018-07 creates the commission that will review non-partisan redistricting processes in other states that reduce gerrymandering, provide opportunities for public comment at community meetings and online, and make recommendations to the governor and legislature for a non-partisan redistrict process in Pennsylvania.“The creation of this commission is an important next step in ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have a chance to be heard on this important and fundamental question of our representative democracy,” said David Thornburgh. “I’m honored to be asked to serve and will do my best to make sure that the commission listens well, encourages a vigorous debate, and comes to conclusions that are thoughtful and fair.”The commission is comprised of 15 members, including two state senators and two state House members. The 11 members appointed by the governor include: Lee Ann Banaszak, Penn State UniversityDr. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino AffairsSusan Carty, President, League of Women Voters of PennsylvaniaKathy Dahlkemper, Erie County ExecutiveCharlie Dent, Former CongressmanAmanda Holt, Lehigh County CommissionerRev. Robert Johnson, Tindley Temple United Methodist ChurchSharmain Matlock-Turner, President, Urban Affairs CoalitionWes Pegden, Carnegie Mellon UniversityDavid Thornburgh, President and CEO, Committee of SeventySecretary of the Commonwealth or designeeThe commission will engage the public, redistricting experts and other stakeholders to make holistic recommendations and emphasize the importance of having elections with integrity and fairness.Earlier this year, Governor Wolf held a series of listening sessions across Pennsylvania to hear from the public about redistricting and gerrymandering after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the state’s congressional district map. The state Supreme Court enacted a new congressional map in February.In March, the governor introduced his 21st century voting reform plan that includes same day and automatic voter registration, modernizing absentee voting, and enacting campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.Governor Wolf has long advocated for improving and modernizing the election and voting process. Upon coming into office, the governor launched online voter registration. More than one million Pennsylvanians have used the system, which makes it easier to register to vote. Governor Wolf’s administration also launched a voter information texting initiative and a program to get high school seniors to register to vote.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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France’s FRR addresses Brexit concerns in manager search

first_imgAnne-Marie Jourdan, chief legal officer and head of public relations at FRR, told IPE that the fund wanted to avoid penalising UK-based managers and potentially deprive itself of high-quality investment management. Many managers of small-cap strategies in particular were small, specialised UK-authorised firms without any branches or subsidiaries elsewhere in the EU, she said.FRR said it wanted UK-based managers to present an “alternative candidate” registered in the EU or EEA to take on the mandate in the event of UK firms losing their European passporting ability.The alternative manager could then outsource the investment management function to the UK-based firm.“We wanted to allow them to apply as a UK-based candidate,” said Jourdan. “It might not be a perfect solution and we hope there’ll be a soft Brexit, but we preferred to be prepared for a hard Brexit.”Some larger asset managers have increased their presence in the major EU fund domiciles of Ireland and Luxembourg, including Royal London, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Jupiter and M&G.Last month, Irish investment experts said managers realistically had until July to apply for authorisation to operate in Dublin. France’s €36bn pension reserve fund has taken steps to remove Brexit-related uncertainty from having an adverse effect on a newly launched investment manager search.The tender is for two small cap equity mandates totalling up to €1.7bn, one for domestic small cap companies (€600m) and the other for European small cap companies (€1.1bn).Managers outside France bidding for the mandates must have a European fund ‘passport’, FRR said, allowing them to conduct their activities throughout the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA).However, given uncertainty about Brexit and FRR’s lengthy procurement process – it is expected to be finalised in April 2019, shortly after the UK’s expected departure from the EU – FRR was concerned that some UK-domiciled asset managers might not bid for the mandates due to the risk of losing their European passports.last_img read more

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Ethiopia Celebrates the 8th Flag Day

first_imgEthiopia and its nationals have been marking the country’s 8th Flag Day.  The main event was at the Addis Ababa stadium, and served to shore up national pride and unity. In attendance at the celebration was the President, Mulatu Teshome. It is believed that the colors of the flag, which are green yellow and red, were an inspiration for many African states to gain their freedom, and some even adapted the colors in their own flags. President Teshome urged Ethiopians to continue maintaining the ideals symbolized by the flag.last_img

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Gridiron: BCS top 2 intact; who’s No. 3?

first_imgThirteen weeks ofthe 2007 college football season have passed; now only one remains. Week 14will determine conference champions and shore up the BCS picture. Following anLSU triple-overtime loss to Arkansas last Saturday, the BCS championship —after weeks of chaos and controversy — has squared itself up, with a clear-cutNo. 1 and No. 2: Missouri and West Virginia.Or has it?It’s true, few will argue the Tigers and Mountaineers deservethe top two spots. But what happens if either team loses this Saturday?  Missouri takes on Oklahoma — the only team tobeat it this season — and West Virginia battles Pittsburgh. Should either teamlose, who is poised to take its spot to play for the title? Let’s take a lookat the candidates:No. 3 Ohio State(11-1)Key Wins: at Purdue, at Penn State, Wisconsin, at MichiganKey Loss: IllinoisThe Buckeyes put up an impressive résumé a sub-par Big Tenthis season. All four of their key wins listed above occurred when each ofthose teams were ranked in the AP Top 25. A loss at home against Illinoishurts, but because of the Illini’s success this season, it wasn’t devastating.The lack of a Big Ten Championship game hurts the Buckeyesin terms of strength of schedule. However, it would only be a rematch againstMichigan, a team Ohio State beat just two weeks ago in the Big House. The Bucksdidn’t play anyone worth noting out of conference, but four wins against rankedopponents speaks for itself. Should either Missouri or West Virginia loseSaturday, Ohio State will be in position to play for the national title againthis year.No. 6 Virginia Tech(10-2)Key Wins: at Clemson, at VirginiaKey Losses: at LSU, Boston CollegeBecause Miami and Florida State played as poorly as they didthis season, the ACC was mediocre at best when compared to the other powerhouseconferences. However, while Ohio State was beating up on Akron in Week 2, theHokies were traveling to Baton Rouge to take on then-No. 2 LSU, which begs thequestion: Should Virginia Tech be penalized for a loss against a top-tier team,when it could have scheduled a game against Kent State (another Ohio Stateopponent)? Had the Hokies done that, they’d be sitting pretty in the BCSstandings, and a win Saturday would guarantee them a spot in the title game.Now they’re on the outside looking in, staring the Eagles in the face for theACC Championship and an automatic BCS entrance. While the Hokies take onHeisman hopeful Matt Ryan and BC, the Buckeyes will be sitting in their livingrooms watching, rooting for the Eagles, because should the Hokies winconvincingly, they could make a case for leapfrogging No. 3 Ohio State.No. 5 Kansas (11-1)Key Win: at Kansas StateKey Loss: MissouriA one-loss season in the Big 12 is always impressive. But ifthere’s a way to make it as unimpressive as possible, the Jayhawks did it thisyear. KU avoided Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech on its schedule this season,making schedule that much weaker. Its scenario is very similar to Wisconsin’slast season, when the Badgers finished 11-1 without playing Ohio State orbeating a ranked opponent. Kansas did beat Kansas State on the road when theWildcats were ranked No. 24, but that’s it; its four non-conference games werenothing to brag about. The Jayhawks’ chance to prove to the nation that theyare for real escaped them last Saturday night when Missouri dismantled them onnational television. Kansas had a miracle season and should play in a BCS bowl,but there’s no way they can surpass Ohio State (or Virginia Tech, should theybeat BC) as the next in line, without winning its own division and earning aspot in the Big 12 Championship game.No. 7 LSU (10-2) andNo. 9 Oklahoma (10-2)Both teams will be playing in their respective conferencechampionship games Saturday, but with two losses each, neither has a realisticchance at landing a spot in the national championship game. A win for eitherteam will give them an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game, but because OhioState’s season is over with just one loss, neither team deserves to pass theBucks with a win Saturday.No. 12 Hawaii (11-0)Not even an undefeated season is good enough for theWarriors to play for the national championship just based on the fact that theWAC is so weak. In the future, Hawaii will have to play at least two top-notchnon-conference games if it wants to qualify to play for the national title.That said, should Colt Brennan and company get by Washington Saturday, theyshould earn an at-large bid into a BCS bowl game; if Boise State can beatOklahoma in last year’s Fiesta Bowl, Hawaii could do some damage against alegitimate opponent as well.Others that fell victim to tough non-conference schedules:No. 14 Tennessee(9-3)With the SEC as competitive as it is, why on earth would theVols schedule an opening game at California? Fortunately for UT, they were ableto salvage the SEC East title, meaning a win against LSU will give them anautomatic BCS bid. However, a fourth loss will hurt them in terms of a non-BCSbowl bid. Considering its conference schedule, Tennessee’s risk vastlyoutweighed the reward when scheduling a game against Cal.No. 15 Illinois (9-3)Because the Big Ten is now wide open below Ohio State,the Illini must be kicking themselves for scheduling a Week 1 matchup againstMissouri. Granted, no one knew the Tigers would be this good this season, butat 10-2 Illinois would have a Rose Bowl appearance all but locked up shouldeither Missouri or West Virginia fall Saturday. There’s still an outside chancethat they will play in Pasadena come January. However, since the Rose Bowl isno longer exclusively Big Ten versus Pac-10, nothing is certain.last_img read more

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