Merrill Lynch retains top spot in broker survey

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 The commonwealth has fallen victim to outdated and unfair policies that make voting too difficult, make special interests too powerful, and make politicians less accountable.“To rebuild trust in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

Bolt shuts down Facebook scam

first_imgWORLD’S fastest man Usain Bolt acted quickly to shut down an online impersonator looking to claim charity on the sprinter’s behalf.On Sunday a post published on social media platform Facebook, which bore the moniker Bolt Usain with photo and ‘feeling blessed’ status attached, asked fans to donate an amount of $200 000 in order to help a mother care for her sick child.The poorly-written note, completed with several grammatical errors, proposed that the sprinter was overburdened by helping people in need and that he himself now desperately needed help.Then real Bolt was quick to shut down the halfhearted impersonation attempt and posted the account to his official Twitter page after taking a screenshot of it and the message and, which he captioned with the word ‘Fake’.The post was later deleted by Facebook. The real Bolt is known for being charitable and has helped several individuals in need whether through his Usain Bolt Charity or personally.It remained unclear whether the post was being investigated by Jamaican police for attempted online fraud.last_img read more

Bankie Banx picks up the pieces of his Anguilla Dune Preserve

first_imgDemolished by IrmaTwo weeks ago, the Dune Preserve met its match in Hurricane Irma which demolished the seaside location. Banx and his family are recovering from the damage caused by the Category 5 monster which demolished the island, a British Territory that is only 35 square miles with a population of 15,000 people. Devastating scenes The Dune Preserve, popular tourist destination in Anguilla, wrecked by Hurricane Irma. By Howard CampbellSince he opened The Dune Preserve in 1994, singer/musician Bankie Banx has endured the powerful force of Mother Nature. The popular Anguilla tourist spot has felt the brunt of hurricanes Louis (1995), Lenny (1999) and Omar (2007). John McKendrick, Anguilla’s attorney general, said the island sustained “huge devastation.” Up to 90 percent of the homes on the island were damaged, fallen trees blocked roads, cell phone service was interrupted and electricity was cut. Fundraising campaignThe 64-year-old artist has launched a fundraising campaign through GoFundMe.com, which he said has been going well. The Dune Preserve is one of the Caribbean’s most intimate hotspots; high-profile acts like Jimmy Buffett, John Mayer, Toots and The Maytals, Culture, Freddie McGregor and Buju Banton have performed there.It has been named Best Beach Bar three straight years by CNN World Travel. It has also hosted the eclectic Moonsplash Music Festival since 1995. That event has featured a number of reggae acts including Black Uhuru, The Wailers, Inner Circle, keyboardist David Bryan of rock band Bon Jovi and folk singer Alana Davis.center_img Dune Preserve not sparedThe Dune Preserve was not spared. “All the beach facilities have been demolished. That includes the beach bar, beach stage, beach gazebos and restaurant. The roof of our boutique flew off and the Moonsplash stage andbackstage is also destroyed. Two thirds of my personal residence on the Dune has been partially damaged and needs to be secured before I canmove on,” Banx told Caribbean National Weekly. March 2018 MoonsplashThe 28th Moonsplash is scheduled for March 15-18 with Banx’ son Omari, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo among the headliners.For Banx and his team, it is wait-and-see if the show goes on. “We will be able to have the event up and ready in March if the hotel industry in the island is back on stream and if regular international flights are resumed,” he said.last_img read more