Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Waving signs saying “public service, not lip service” and chanting “hey hey, ho ho, gerrymandering has got to go,” three dozen redistricting advocates gathered outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s home in York County Wednesday demanding a special session to focus exclusively on redistricting reform.

Ever since the state’s General Assembly left for the summer in June following an ahead-of-time budget, leaving redistricting as well as a host of other big bills on guns, abortion and hazing on the table, Fair Districts PA, a preeminent advocacy group, has been pushing Wolf to call for a special session.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Advocates accelerated their calls for a special session to address redistricting Monday after a seemingly fruitless week of negotiations, even if its viability seems weak.

In an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, Fair Districts PA Executive Director Carol Kuniholm called on him to convene a special session on redistricting.

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform, after months of negotiations, maneuvering, postcards and lobbying, is nearly out of time as it stalls out in the House.

The hold-up clashes with part of the justification for the judicial language in the first place. But a Senate official pointed to House votes to justify why the change was needed for reform to pass at all.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

With amendments drawn, standoff over redistricting develops in House

In light of the still-increasing, seemingly record 585 amendments filed on the General Assembly’s main redistricting bill, advocates and lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the bill would actually get a chance on the floor.

Part of the problem is the sheer quantity of filed amendments on SB 22, which passed the Senate two weeks ago with compromise language as well as a Republican-backed measure to elect statewide appellate judges by district.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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