Governor Wolf Announces 21st Century Voting Reform Plan for Pennsylvania

first_imgCampaign Finance Reform: Place limits on contributions to candidates seeking elected office with new campaign finance laws as well as implement aggregate limits for races, place sensible restrictions on Political Action Committees (PACs), and strengthen reporting and disclosure requirements across the board to restore confidence in government, and curtail the role of campaign spending in our political process. Example Legislation includes Senate Bill 11 (Costa) and House Bill 1332 (Dermody).Gerrymandering Reform: Eliminate partisan politics from the legislative redistricting process by enacting legislation to end gerrymandering by establishing an independent, bi-partisan commission to create future electoral maps. Example legislation includes Senate Bill 22 (Boscola) and House Bill 722 (Samuelson).Governor Wolf has long advocated for this change. Upon coming into office, Governor Wolf launched online voter registration and now more than a million Pennsylvanians have used it. Governor Wolf’s administration also launched a voter information texting initiative and a program to get high school seniors to register to vote. But Pennsylvania, especially the General Assembly, must do more. Governor Wolf Announces 21st Century Voting Reform Plan for Pennsylvania Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today will introduce his 21st century voting reform plan that includes same day and automatic voter registration, modernizing absentee voting, ending gerrymandering, and enacting campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.For decades, Pennsylvania has been on the wrong side of voting rights reform. The commonwealth has fallen victim to outdated and unfair policies that make voting too difficult, make special interests too powerful, and make politicians less accountable.“To rebuild trust in Harrisburg, we must have fair and accessible elections for all citizens from our rural communities to our big cities,” said Governor Wolf. “These reforms have been championed by House and Senate Democrats to modernize our voting laws and put the people of Pennsylvania back in control of our elections. It’s time to remove barriers to voting, end gerrymandering, and curb special interests.”Governor Wolf’s 21st century voting reform plan includes:Voting Rights Reform: We must break down barriers to voter participation by making it easier for citizens to vote. Governor Wolf is proposing:Same Day Voter Registration: Eligible Pennsylvanians should be able to register to vote on election day at their polling place. Same Day Registration would help thousands of people have their voices heard, especially young people, working people, and others with limitations. Example legislation includes Senate Bill 282 (Boscola), House Bill 101 (Bizzarro), and House Bill 945 (DeLuca).Automatic Voter Registration: Eligible Pennsylvanians who get a license from PennDOT or register for a public service would be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out. Example legislation includes Senate Bill 608 (Hughes) and House Bill 193 (Gainey).Modernizing Absentee Ballots: Governor Wolf believes the current absentee ballot system is archaic and out of touch with the lives of modern voters. He supports “no-excuse” absentee ballots, where citizens can use an absentee ballot if it is most convenient for them to do so. Pennsylvania lags behind 27 other states on this issue. March 26, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Former Queensland Governor Peter Arnison is selling his Ascot home

first_imgBarbara and Major General Peter Arnison are selling their Ascot house.FORMER Queensland governor Major General Peter Arnison and his wife Barbara are selling their Ascot Queenslander.The couple plan to downsize into an apartment on the Brisbane River.They bought their home at 86 Yabba St, Ascot more than 24 years ago and moved into it when General Arnison retired from the Australian Army in 1996.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago86 Yabba St, AscotShortly afterwards, in 1997, they were on the move again, this time to Government House when General Arnison served as Governor of Queensland.Mrs Arnison said the family leased their house while they were living in Government House and moved back to Yabba St when Gen Arnison finished his term.The home is listed through Scott Darwon of Ray White New Farm.Mr Darwon said it was a coveted opportunity to secure a significant piece of Ascot history.It will be auctioned on May 27 at 1pm.last_img read more

GNULinux apps for communication you didnt know you needed

first_imgGNU/Linux apps for communication you didn’t know you needed by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on August 08, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: August 02, 2017 – 7 commentsOne of the things that people like to hate on about GNU/Linux is that a lot of programs and applications are not compatible with it.And it’s true, as a long-time user there have been many times I have said to myself, “Oh, I need X!” but then have found out that X is not compatible, and had to use some other alternative.Thankfully, GNU/Linux also has some AWESOME apps of it’s own! Now granted, not ALL of the apps listed in this article are exclusive to GNU/Linux, but at the very least they are definitely handy for a GNU/Linux user to have!The software we will be looking at are:PushbulletCaprineCorebirdPushbulletPushbullet is a handy program that allows users to connect your phone to your webbrowser or PC, send/receive SMS, view phone notifications etc.Something I find very annoying when writing articles or doing intensive work on my machine is when someone texts me…I’m the kind of person who simply can’t ignore a text message for too long; so I have to stop what I am doing, pick up my phone, unlock it, reply to it, put the phone down and then figure out what it was that I was doing previously…Pushbullet has allowed me to at least cut a large part of the nuisance out of my life by allowing me to simply swap windows, reply to the SMS, and get back to work.In order for Pushbullet to work, you need to download the app on your mobile device of choice (available for iOS and Android) as well as set it up on your PC. There are official web browser extensions, or you can use an unofficial desktop version that I discovered that works brilliantly, here: that is done and you have the application(s) installed, simply follow the instructions on the Pushbullet website, and enjoy!Pushbullet is Free, but faces certain limitations (like 100 Messages sent through SMS/kik etc per month), a pro version is available for about $40/year.CaprineCaprine is the Facebook Messenger we wish was official, but might as well be with how flawless it seems to run and how feature packed it is! Caprine allows you to do pretty well anything you can do on Facebook Messenger in your browser or on your mobile app; from a comfortable application on your PC; even searching / sending GIF’s or Images works well!Installation of Caprine is extremely simple on GNU/Linux. Simply download the application from the website, which comes in the form of a .appimage file. Once downloaded, you’ll need to mark the file as executable either by right clicking it, and applying the “Owner – Execute” Permission from it’s properties, or via CLI with the command:chmod +x caprine-2.6.0-x86_64.AppImage #(or whatever version you download at the time of reading this)Once that is done, simply double click the file! The application will pop up a box asking if you’d like to integrate the program into your OS, by adding it to your applications menu etc, or whether you’d rather just run the .appimage file. Select what you wish, and enjoy easy Facebook Messaging on GNU/Linux!CorebirdDo you use Twitter? I rarely do, but have decided that I should probably start using it more…And in that, I discovered Corebird. Corebird is a Twitter application for GNU/Linux using Gtk+, and I have to say it’s quite lovely. Easy to navigate, a clean interface, and does exactly what you would expect from a Twitter app.Installation is pretty straightforward since Corebird is available in most distribution repositories. Simply use your package manager and install ‘corebird’, however, if it’s NOT in the repos than you can find more instructions on the GitHub page.Now you: Are there any really interesting or helpful yet lesser known social media / messaging applications you use? Let us know in the comments!SummaryArticle NameGNU/Linux apps for communication you didn’t know you neededDescriptionMike reviews the three popular communication applications Pushbullet, Caprine and Corebird which are available for GNU/Linux.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more