Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residents

first_img January 30, 2018 National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections State College, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Penn State University faculty and students, community leaders, and residents for a non-partisan panel discussion on gerrymandering in the commonwealth. Nearly 100 constituents joined the discussion on how the current Congressional map affects their representation and how they feel redistricting should be approached. This is the first in a series of listening sessions the governor will hold across Pennsylvania in advance of the February 9 deadline for the General Assembly to deliver a redrawn Congressional map.“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”Along with Governor Wolf, panelists included Zak Kalp, Penn State University senior and President of Better Politics PSU; Dr. Jessica O’Hara, Associate Teaching Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University; Dr. Bradford Vivian, Associate Professor in Communications Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, and Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation; Debbie Trudeau, Fair Districts PA; and Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation.Last week Governor Wolf announced he will enlist a non-partisan mathematician, Moon Duchin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Mathematics from Tufts University, to provide him with guidance on evaluating redistricting maps for fairness. Governor Wolf has it made clear since the Supreme Court ruled the map unconstitutional that he sees this as an opportunity to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and deliver the people of Pennsylvania a fair Congressional map. Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residentscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Oil rig already in Cuban waters after US inspection

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 18 Views   no discussions offshore drilling rig Scarabeo 9. Photo credit: saipem.comHAVANA, Cuba (South Sentinel) — The offshore drilling rig Scarabeo 9 has arrived in Cuban waters to kick off operations 22 miles off the island’s coast.The rig is to be operated by the Spain-based Repsol YPF oil company, which plans to take the drilling unit to northwestern Cuban waters, some 70 miles from the Florida Keys, which has raised concern in the United States about a possible oil spill.But in order to relieve such concerns, Repsol invited US inspectors to check the rig before it arrived in Cuban waters and the company committed itself to meet all established drilling requirements, although the operations will take place in the Exclusive Cuban Economic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.A recent article published in the Houston Chronicle said that “officials with the Interior Department‘s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the US Coast Guard inspected the Scarabeo 9, a mobile offshore-drilling unit that privately owned Spanish company Repsol plans to use as close as 50 miles to Florida’s coast. While aboard, officials reviewed details about the vessel’s construction, drilling equipment and safety systems, the environmental enforcement bureau said.”The inspection concluded on Monday off the coasts of Trinidad, in what was considered to be an unusual agreement with Caribbean countries aimed at mitigating concerns of a possible oil spill that could contaminate US coasts.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Oil rig already in Cuban waters after US inspection by: – January 20, 2012last_img read more