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 The commonwealth has fallen victim to outdated and unfair policies that make voting too difficult, make special interests too powerful, and make politicians less accountable.“To rebuild trust in Harrisburg,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

Egbe retains female scrabble gold at Nigerian Police Games

first_imgRelatedPosts Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP After 13 years of enmity, Enugu ex-Governors in closed door meeting Joy Egbe of Zone 5 on Sunday emerged champion in the female category of the scrabble event at the ongoing Nigerian Police Games. Egbe won the gold medal after seven wins and a cumulative 1,378 points in the event, which took place at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Agulu, Enugu State. She was the reigning champion in the game, having won gold in the 11th edition of the Games held in Abuja in 2016. Christiana David, who represented Zone 6, won the silver medal with five wins and 883 cumulative points. Francisca Ubong, who is also of Zone 6, was the bronze winner from five wins and 572 cumulative points. Ubong was the High Game winner with 563 points. Reacting to her victory, Egbe said she was happy to be among the first gold medalists at the 2020 Games, which started on Saturday. She lauded the level of competition, saying it brought out the best in her. She said: “There are good rivals, but I have come prepared. “I am more exposed now, as I also represent my state, Edo. “However, I am grateful to God and to my superiors for the opportunity to be here. “It feels good being a champion.” Also speaking, Johnson Ibanga, the National Scrabble Coach for the Nigerian Police, said the competition was a huge improvement over previous editions. Ibanga said: “It means a lot of improvement as more people are coming and the standard is getting higher. “She (Egbe) has improved on herself. “The cumulative points today is like an all-time high score for the competition.” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other categories in the scrabble competition include the male singles, male and female doubles and mixed doubles events.Tags: AguluChristiana DavidEnugu StateJoy EgbeNigeria Police ForceNigeria Police Gameslast_img read more

NFF Overrules Wikadson’s Appointment as Plateau Utd’s Head Coach

first_img*Insists: Ban over scandalous results from play-offs in Bauchi still in forceDuro IkhazuagbeThe appointment of Victor Wikadson as replacement for sacked Zakare Baraje by the management of Plateau United Football Club has run into troubled waters as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) insisted yesterday that the former who is under ban cannot act in that capacity.Wikadson was the head coach of the Plateau United Feeders team that was banned for life with 18 players for their involvement in the scandalous 76-0 and 89-0 scorelines match fixing along side three other teams. Other teams involved in the scam include Akurba United FC of Lafia, Police Machine FC of Yola and Bubayero FC of Gombe. All the players and officials involved in that scandalous 2013 play-off of the Nigeria Nationwide League in Bauchi Centre that attracted global alarm and condemnation were banned for life from the game by the NFF.In a letter to Plateau United FC yesterday, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, instructed the Plateau State Football Association to ensure that the ban is enforced in its domain.“The reminder became necessary in view of the move by NPFL side, Plateau United FC on Monday to appoint Victor Wikadson as its new Head Coach.“From Plateau United Feeders, 18 players and seven team officials were axed. Fifteen players and three team officials of Akurba United were banned, alongside 18 players and five team officials of Police Machine FC and 16 players and three team officials of Bubayero FC of Gombe.“For record purposes, the banned players and match officials of Plateau United Feeders FC include: Kenneth Ilo, Jacob Bulus, Emmanuel Mathew, Ezekiel Damiri, Paul Danjuma, Mathew Luka, Tenton Yamen, Katura Christopher, Kika James, John David, Ugochukwu Kingsley, Safiyanu Idris, Daform Pam, Alexanda Longs, Joseph Dokatri, Laila Ibrahim, Sani Mohammed and Solomon Effom. Officials: Victor Wikadson (Chief Coach), – Chief Coach Others were Sani Mohammed (Assistant Coach), John Babo (Assistant Coach), Shuaibu Usman (Welfare), Garba Mohammed (Masseur), Babawo Sambo (Curator), Danladi Bala (Team Manager).The NFF also insisted that the ban slammed on the match officials including Olu Okeneye, M. O. Bakare (match commissioners), Mohammed Mohammed, Umar Garba (referees), S. Chiroma, A. Shina, Sani Abdul, Hassan Pegt (assistant referees) H. Murtala and M. Salahuddin (reserve referee) is still in force.Players and officials of the other three teams are still under same life ban as Plateau United Feeders FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Updated Sumner Newscow comment policy

first_imgEditor’s Note: The following is an updated list of rules concerning the Sumner Newscow comment section policy. Please read before posting on this site. A copy of the policy is also placed above our logo.SUMNER NEWSCOW COMMENT SECTION POLICY:Sumner Newscow will allow readers to post comments on specific articles which are deemed public in nature.Signed comments are preferred. However, anonymous comments will be allowed provided they adhere to the criteria below:•The comment section will not be allowed for obituaries, police notes, Sumner County Court dockets, and specific stories of crime that are private in nature.•We will also no longer allow derogative statements, signed or unsigned, toward specific Sumner County sports teams or players in which juveniles are involved. Criticism of coaching techniques, and contest controversies will be allowed, but only if it concerns a general public interest.•Sumner Newscow will require signatures on comments of stories that the website considers extremely controversial for which the privacy of individuals are at stake.•Personal attacks will not be tolerated.•If for any reason, Sumner Newscow determines that “piling on” is becoming an issue, we will either disable or eliminate comments from a specific story. Please bring something new to the table when commenting and not duplicate information which has already been said.•All comments must stick to the issue of the story at hand.•All posts for which commenters demonstrate that they haven’t read the story before commenting will be deleted.•Signed comments will receive preferential treatment and receive more leeway than those that are unsigned.•Misrepresentation by signing another local person’s name in the comment section is grounds for comment termination rights, public condemnation, and subject to legal action by Sumner Newscow.•Sumner Newscow will remove any posts that it deems inappropriate, including any posts that are offensive, bullying, defamatory, libelous, infringing, obscene, vulgar, indecent, harassing, hateful, humiliating, misleading, part of a political movement/agenda, invasive to someone else’s privacy, or contains unlawful content of material or deliberate inaccurate information. It is in Sumner Newscow’s sole discretion to determine what content is offensive and whether to remove any content it considers offensive or inappropriate.•It is also Sumner Newscow’s sole discretion to ban a user from posting on this website, and applications created or administered by Sumner Newscow for a pattern of inappropriate postings or as it deems necessary.•Sumner Newscow will not protect the identity of the individual making comments on this site, if the subject involves legal consequences. IP Addresses will be turned over to law enforcement authorities if such requests are made.•Sumner Newscow will not take responsibility for comments that are used to defame others through means for which the website cannot possibly know that such information was used for that purpose.•Comments are the ownership of those making the comments and not Sumner Newscow.•••••It is our contention that the comment section in its current format allows for public dialogue and provides protection from those who may not be able to convey a legitimate public message without retribution from adversarial family members, employers, neighbors, or political movements provided that they abide by the rules listed above.•Those who wish to see the comments pulled from a specific story must demonstrate why they are in violation with the rules listed above by sending their concerns to the Sumner Newscow administrator at•Comments will not be pulled solely on the basis that you may disagree with the posts’ author, who has a legitimate public concern or information.•Unintentional inaccurate information is not basis for deletion if the author of the post legitimately feels that way.•Public officials and/or news sources who attempt to withhold public information from an upcoming news story, because of this website’s comment section policy, will be dutifully noted in the story by the author of the article.•••••Comments made by posters do not reflect, nor have ever reflected, the opinions of Sumner Newscow administrators nor its sponsors.Âlast_img read more

Fort St. John continues to improve Housing Affordability

first_imgIn 2018 the HAI for 100 Mile House was 47.2%. This is the chiefly result of median household income being around 54% of that of Northern BC.Fort St. John is the only community in Northern BC reporting consistent improvements inaffordability over the reference period, largely due to a persistent drop in house pricesover the period. Kitimat remains the most affordable community in Northern BC with anHAI of just 20.6%. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) released their annual edition of the Housing Affordability Indicators (HAI) for Northern British Columbia.The Housing Affordability Indicators is based on a refreshed data-set that updates baseline variables to 2015. The BCNREB using the HAI estimate the proportion of median household income required to cover the major costs associated with homeownership.These will include mortgage costs, municipal taxes and fees, and utilities for the average single-family home. The higher the measure, the more difficult it is to afford a home.- Advertisement -Home ownership in most of Northern British Columbia remains very affordable,especially when compared with the Vancouver region. According to CanadaMortgage and Housing Corporation stating housing is considered “affordable” if it costsless than 30% of a household’s before-tax income.The HAI for Northern BC for 2018 is 26.9%, despite showing a 2-percentage point increaseover the 2017 HAI. The affordability of home ownership is exceptionally favourablewhen compared with 118.9% for the Vancouver Area and 66.1% for Victoria.The BCNREB shares, affordability worsened slightly in 2018 in most northern BC communities, only 100 Mile House reflects an HAI significantly above 30%.Advertisementlast_img read more