The Democratic Leadership doesn’t want gerrymandered districts, why does Rep Joseph want them?


Check out this story on the Democratic Leadership webpage.  Isn’t it time for our leadership to do exactly that, fix Pennsylvania? What happened to our 94 sponosrs? What happended to SB346 and Rep Samuelson? Why hasn’t Rep Evans stood up to be counted?

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Some citizens really do care: GreatValley Citizens Forum


I attended the GVCitizen forum session tonight in the Tredyffrin Township Municipal Building Auditorium. The presentation was about PA State Government reform (of which we need plenty!). Tim Potts of Democracy Rising spoke about how laws are often passed unconstitutional (literally – honest I am not kidding you) and he showed actual samples. Here is his site: http://www.democracyrisingpa.com . It’s so good and critical for an PA citizen that I’m making it a permanent link (bottom right).

Representative Carole Rubley presented some of the reforms that have passed recently, such as Open Records.  She described the difficulty of getting even these reforms passed and of the overwhelming power of the committee chairpersons, who can table a bill for any reason they want.  Which is what Rep. Josephs did last week to try to kill HB2420. I appreciated her candor. She also mentioned how she had to work extra hard in her newly gerrymandered district in 2002, which suddenly included part of Montgomery County, in order to get reelected. 

 If you live in the Chester County area check out GVCitizens Forum: http://www.charlestowncitizensforum.org/

The forum moderator was Mr. Russ Bellevance of Great Vally High School, he also had some GV kids attending. (Great Valley School District rocks, my son Luke has his last day of class tomorrow and it’s on to Penn State in the Fall!)

Get angry and spread the word and participate


From the link “Paper on Gerrymandering” in “Research” lower right:

Have you ever wondered why many politicians engage in political corruption without concern about voter anger and rejection at the next election? ;
Or why they engage in punitive legislation targeting their opponents and even their own constituents? Or why they cater to special interests while ignoring the needs of their voter constituency? Or why incumbent politicians abuse illegal narcotic drugs and alcohol while in office, and still get re-elected?Gerrymander is one of the significant reasons for such behavior. (Gerrymander is commonly pronounced with a soft g.) Gerrymandering is the drawing of election district boundary lines for partisan advantage, to favor the majority party and incumbent politicians of all political parties. A more strongly worded definition of gerrymander is the following: Gerrymandering is an abuse of the redistricting process to draw election district boundaries that give a significant unfair and undeserved vote count advantage in future elections to the majority political party, which controls the redistricting process, and to incumbent politicians of all political parties. “