While discussing mike Turzai's recent proposal for redistricting Billy Penn spotlights " Draw the Lines PA, a project of the good-government group Committee of Seventy that aims to show just how simple it is to draw a fair congressional map ... If the project ramps up in the way he hopes, [Chris] Satullo said Draw the Lines PA could create an army of '10,000 capable citizen mappers.' Even in a worst-case scenario — if there’s no change to the process in Harrisburg — Satullo said those citizen mappers could potentially become 10,000 plaintiffs to challenge a partisan or unconstitutional map." Read More...
"Penn’s Office of Community Affairs hosted Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan and non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good government in Philadelphia, marking the launch of the Committee's new initiative, 'Draw the Lines PA.'" Read More...
"As part of Draw the Lines PA, a civic education and engagement effort sponsored by good government nonprofit Committee of Seventy, people can draw maps using Azavea’s open source software DistrictBuilder," in an attempt to engage everyone in redistricting.  Read More...
When discussing Mike Turzai's proposal for a redistricting commission, "David Thornburgh, head of Philly's good-government Committee of Seventy and a big supporter of a citizens' commission, says, "It beats nothing. It's a productive conversation to have." Read More...
As part of Gannon University's Freedom Series "David Thornburgh, the current president of the influential Committee of 70, which is dedicated to good governance" will lead a discussion on gerrymandering and drawing fair districts. Read More...
Among other notable changes in leadership, "Committee of Seventy announced its 2018-2019 Buchholz Fellows. The good-government nonprofit picked six young professionals as the second cohort of its civic engagement program."  Read More...
"David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the government watchdog group Committee of Seventy, said he worries that President Donald Trump’s decision to keep his tax returns under wraps during his successful campaign for president might be prompting others to follow suit" Read More...
Like other organizations concerned with the current ward practices, "the Committee of Seventy frequently prods Democratic officials to make their decisions more inclusive, despite what bylaws allow." Read More...
Seventy is mentioned alongside other organizations who pride themselves on keeping up the fight for redistricting reform: "In Pennsylvania, the activist group Fair Districts PA has been a strong advocate for fixing partisan redistricting. So too has the long-standing watchdog group Common Cause of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia-based Committee of Seventy." Read More...
In regards to the relationship: “It’s odd,” said David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy government watchdog group. “I would think, in any setting – public, private, or nonprofit – the boss borrowing money from a subordinate creates the possibility for some odd dynamics in the office.”   Read More...
“Gerrymandering isn’t just about parties, it’s about people and policy,” explained Kuniholm. Thus the LWVPA, joined by Common Cause PA, the Committee of Seventy, Pennsylvania Council of Churches and others concerned about accountable government filed a lawsuit that went to the state Supreme Court. Read More...
“Tax returns just have more information. And when you’re running for a high-profile, powerful office, especially the executive branch, you should expect a significant amount of scrutiny,” said Patrick Christmas, policy director for the Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan good-government organization based in Philadelphia. “And I think voters deserve a full and detailed picture of a candidate’s interests, including their financial interests.”  The tax returns provide a fuller picture of the taxes a candidate is paying, along with the deductions and credits they’re taking, Christmas said.  “There’s a much fuller bit of insight around the financial decisions a person has made over time, much more than is in the statement,” he said. Read More...
One of Seventy's Public Policy Interns, Claire Mao, is interviewed by her home institution of Haverford College about her summer experience thus far working for C70. Her passion for good-governance work and more accessiblity in politics is made clear throughout the entirety of the article. Read More...
One week prior to election day, Danilo Burgos and opponents gathered to participate in a forum co-organized by Al Día and Committee of Seventy. David Thornburgh served as the moderator of the forum and recieved a positive response from Burgos when asking about the district which he would represent: “There’s a lot of self-pride in our community,” he said. “There’s a lot of hope in our community. There’s a lot of positive that needs to be highlighted, needs to be shared with the rest of the state.” Read More...
Pertaining to this year's primary election, David Thornburgh states that the letdown was a lot like Charlie Brown and his football: "We think this time, we’re really going to do it, we’re going to kick the ball, and then Lucy pulls it away again at the last second." Read More...
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