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With Fair Congressional Map Secured, Pennsylvania Sees Surge in Candidates Running for Congress

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal panel of judges rejected Republican challenges to Pennsylvania’s new congressional map, which was redrawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last month. This ruling ensures that Pennsylvanians can go to the polls in 2018 confident that they are voting in districts that are fair and that their voices will be heard.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal panel of judges rejected Republican challenges to Pennsylvania’s new congressional map, which was redrawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last month. This ruling ensures that Pennsylvanians can go to the polls in 2018 confident that they are voting in districts that are fair and that their voices will be heard.

Additionally, as candidates realized that new maps meant they could finally run in fair and competitive districts, the commonwealth saw a surge of candidates filing to run for Congress. According to the Associated Press:

“An avalanche of would-be candidates filed to run for Congress in Pennsylvania ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, taking advantage of more competitive districts and far surpassing candidate numbers in the three elections since Pennsylvania dropped to 18 U.S. House seats.”

Governor Wolf has been at the forefront of the battle to secure a fair congressional map for Pennsylvania. He rejected an equally gerrymandered map that was presented to him by Republican legislative leaders last month, which ultimately led to the state Supreme Court drawing its own maps.

“I applaud these decisions that will allow the upcoming election to move forward with the new and fair congressional maps.” Governor Wolf said of the Supreme Court’s ruling. “The people of Pennsylvania are tired of gerrymandering and the new map corrects past mistakes that created unfair Congressional Districts and attempted to diminish the impact of citizens’ votes.”

Governor Wolf remains dedicated to protecting Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to fair and free elections. He knows that our democracy flourishes with more, diverse voices at the table and when all citizens feel that their voices will be heard.

Here’s What Editorial Boards Are Saying About Governor Wolf’s Ethics Reform Plan

Last week, Governor Wolf introduced his “Citizens First” ethics reform plan as part of his commitment to building an open, transparent government that works for all Pennsylvanians. Editorial Boards across the commonwealth heaped praise on the governor’s proposal.

Last week, Governor Wolf introduced his “Citizens First” ethics reform plan as part of his commitment to building an open, transparent government that works for all Pennsylvanians. Editorial Boards across the commonwealth heaped praise on the governor’s proposal.

Check out the coverage below:

“The first-term Democrat from Mount Wolf has made a common-sense government reform proposal that would include the suspension of pay for himself, lawmakers and their top aides when they have not fully enacted a budget by the annual deadline.”

“The proposals that Pennsylvania’s chief executive made early last week that would rein in special interests in Harrisburg should get the hearing they deserve. Even better, they should be enacted sooner rather than later.”

“The suggestion from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, seeking his second term, to suspend pay for himself and lawmakers when they fail to fully enact a state budget by the June 30 deadline would likely draw cheers across the commonwealth.”

“Mr. Wolf, who implemented a gift ban for executive-branch employees, wants lawmakers to agree to a similar ban and to make the executive-branch version permanent so it remains in place when he leaves office.”

Governor Wolf Works to Make Schools Safer

Yesterday, Governor Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came together to announce the creation of a School Safety Task Force.

Yesterday, Governor Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came together to announce the creation of a School Safety Task Force.

According to Philadelphia Magazine:

“Wolf and DePasquale gathered at Penn Wynne Elementary School to detail plans for the task force, which comes amid calls for tougher school security (and gun laws) roughly one month after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.”

The Task Force will be comprised of government officials, statewide education organizations, law enforcement, community members, school officials, teachers, and parents who will come together with the shared goal of improving school safety and security.

“Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvanians, especially our children, is my top priority as governor,” said Governor Wolf. “I am creating a school safety task force to ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure that our schools are a safe place for our children to learn. By working together and listening to those on the front lines, we can find solutions that will improve school safety, security, and preparedness.”

Governor Wolf will specifically be focusing on funding needs for school safety and security, the effectiveness of student support and physical and mental health programs, strengthening state requirements for active shooter trainings and other security protocols, expanding information sharing among local schools, law enforcement, health care providers, and human services programs, and examining tools for reporting suspicious activity.

The governor especially wants to hear from Pennsylvanians of all walks of life– school officials, teachers, parents, students, law enforcement, health professionals, community partners, etc.– about their thoughts on school safety and security. He has opened up an online feedback form for the public to submit any suggestions.

Governor Wolf knows that it’s unacceptable for any child to fear going to school and for any parent to send their children to school fearing that they might not come home. He’s asking for your help to work with him and the School Safety Task Force to ensure that our schools provide a safe learning environment for all children.

Governor Wolf Expands “It’s On Us PA” to Make College Campuses Safer

Yesterday Governor Wolf built on his commitment to combating sexual assault on college campuses.

The #MeToo movement is a reminder of the pervasiveness of sexual assault. Yesterday Governor Wolf built on his commitment to combatting sexual assault on college campuses. As CBS Philly reports:

“On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 39 postsecondary institutions across the state will receive more than $950,000 through the state’s continued commitment to combatting sexual assault on college and university campuses.”

Governor Wolf announced the grants as part of his It’s On Us PA initiative. The funding can be used to establish programs such as campus-wide training, campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process, and resources for survivors of sexual violence.

Governor Wolf launched the It’s On Us PA campaign in 2016, building on the national success of President Obama’s It’s On Us movement. The initiative calls on everyone to take the It’s On Us PA Pledge, vowing to play a role in ending sexual assault. In 2017, the Wolf Administration also granted nearly $1 million to dozens of Pennsylvania institutions and introduced legislation to combat sexual violence in K-12 schools and on college and university campuses.

Governor Wolf has been committed to preventing sexual assault and leading the charge in establishing campus cultures that have zero tolerance for sexual assault and harassment. “The pervasiveness of sexual assault has never been more clear, and combating sexual assault requires action,” he said. “The It’s On Us PA campaign is continuing to help make our campuses across the state safer.”

The grant recipients include public and private, 2-year and 4-year institutions from across the commonwealth. The 39 schools selected for grants are:

  • Seton Hill University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Cabrini University
  • Thiel College
  • Immaculata University
  • Millersville University
  • Albright College
  • University of the Sciences
  • California University
  • University of Scranton
  • Penn College of Technology
  • Holy Family University
  • Lock Haven University
  • Juniata College
  • West Chester University
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Saint Vincent College
  • LaSalle University
  • Gannon University
  • Lackawanna College
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Rosemont College
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Point Park University
  • Kutztown University
  • Cheyney University
  • Temple University
  • Lehigh University
  • Keystone College
  • Misericordia University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Dickinson College