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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EPL: Watford battle Newcastle for survival

first_imgWatford vs. Newcastle Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 12:30PMBuoyed by a much-needed win last time out, Watford will be looking to climb clear of the Premier League relegation zone when they host Newcastle United at lunchtime. The Hornets beat bottom side Norwich City in midweek and are four points above the drop, while Newcastle – thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City – are jostling for position in mid-table.Nigel Pearson praised the “strength” of his Watford side to dig deep against doomed Norwich and pick up all three points in a vital 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.That win, which came courtesy of Danny Welbeck’s spectacular overhead kick, ended the Hornets’ six-game wait for a victory in the Premier League.After beating Liverpool 3-0 at the end of February to claim one of the shock results of this or any other top-flight campaign, Watford accrued one point from the next 15 available.It was a run that left Pearson’s men at serious risk of dropping into the Championship, but the win over Norwich gives them a healthy four-point buffer on the two sides below them. However, Aston Villa and Bournemouth do still have a game in hand to play on Thursday, against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.Watford still have work to do if they are to stay afloat, and with Manchester City and Arsenal to face in their last two games they could do with a victory on Saturday.There is perhaps no kinder fixture for Watford than the visit of Newcastle, either, with United stuck in mid-table and possibly already thinking of their shortened summer break.Steve Bruce’s men won three games in a row either side of the coronavirus-enforced hiatus to ensure that relegation would not be a concern for them this season.Results since then have been largely mixed, with a 4-1 away win at Bournemouth coming a week before a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Man City, summing up their inconsistent nature. United were truly dreadful at the Etihad Stadium and could have lost by even more in the end, with the Magpies struggling to adapt to a five-at-the-back system.Bruce was without Allan Saint-Maximin, in fairness, while Jamaal Lascelles, Andy Carroll and Isaac Hayden were also absent from the matchday squad due to injury.Still, there can be no excuse for the type of display produced by the Toon and they have to quickly pick themselves up for this trip to Hertfordshire.Watford possible XI: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina, Capoue, Hughes, Sarr, Doucoure, Welbeck, Deeney. Newcastle possible XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Rose, Ritchie, Longstaff, Shelvey, Joelinton, Almiron, Gayle.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Tags: Newcastle UnitedPremier LeagueVicarage RoadWatfordlast_img read more

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