Governor Wolf, February 19, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the new remedial congressional map ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:
“Over the last month, I have personally heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians and they are sick and tired of gerrymandering, which perpetuates gridlock, alienates citizens and stifles reform. I have stood for fairness and rejected a proposed map that was universally seen as another partisan gerrymander. I applaud the court for their decision and I respect their effort to remedy Pennsylvania’s unfair and unequal congressional elections.
“Now, my focus will be on making sure the Department of State can support our counties and all candidates in the election process, particularly during the petition period. My administration will work expeditiously to update Department of State systems and ensure all processes are in place to assist candidates for Congress.”
Here’s the new map, from ABC News:
The last-minute Republican leaders’ map split Chester County between 2 districts and put parts of 3 counties in the 6th district. The Supreme Court’s decision puts all of Chester County in the 6th, which is only fair atonement for the outgoing gerrymander, considering that the County has 5/7 of the population of one district. In fact, the map does a great job of keeping county splits to a minimum, both in SE PA and in the state as a whole.
Tweet and map from @GovernorTomWolf 1/22/18
As our neighboring states give their workers a raise, PA workers are falling behind. If PA’s economy is to compete with that of our neighbors, then we need to invest in our workforce by offering a competitive wage. That’s why I’ve advocated to #RaiseTheWage in PA since day one.
At the Turn PA Blue Petition Workshop, talking about rapid progress in Chesco Dem Zone One and how it will help the Governor’s reelection this year.
State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), December 19, 2017
WEST CHESTER (December 19, 2017) – Calling the impacts of Sunoco’s Mariner East II Pipeline drilling “unacceptable,” state Senator Andy Dinniman again today called on Governor Tom Wolf to suspend the project until constituents’ concerns are resolved.
“In my district alone, pipeline construction has contaminated almost two dozen wells, disrupted businesses, created significant environmental damage, and resulted in the development of an expanding sinkhole that currently threatens at least two private homes and is within 100 feet of Amtrak’s Keystone Line,” Dinniman wrote in a December 18 letter to Wolf. “I should point out that all of these incidents have occurred in a single Chester County municipality [West Whiteland Township] as a result of pipeline construction.”
Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, has been a vocal critic of the way the pipeline was being constructed and an advocate for voicing residents’ environmental, public health, property rights, and safety concerns related to the project….
keep reading, see video of Sen. Dinniman’s forceful remarks to the PA Senate, pending legislation, etc. at State Senator Andy Dinniman. Senator Dinniman to PA Senate: “The Truth of the matter is that DEP is not protecting my constituents against a real and present danger.”