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January 12, 2022
C70 Letter to the PA House of Representatives Opposing HB38
To those who value our system of checks and balances, House Bill 38 contemplates a fundamentally different relationship between the legislative and judicial branches wherein the former has unequal power over the latter. Such a change would irreparably and severely impair the governance of the Commonwealth, and would harm the independence and impartiality of our court system. C70 urges the PA House to not advance this proposed constitutional amendment and allow HB 38 to lapse at the end of this session.
December 02, 2021
Press Coverage of New CEO Announcement
The Committee of Seventy announced Al Schmidt as our new President & CEO, effective January 3, 2022. A round-up of national and local news coverage can be found here.
December 01, 2021
Press Coverage of People Over Politics Movement
On Monday, November 29th, the Committee of Seventy joined a number of elected officials and good government groups including the League of Women Voters and Common Cause, in calling for reforms to combat corruption in Philadelphia.
November 30, 2021 • Press Releases
Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt to Serve as President & CEO of Committee of Seventy
Today, the Committee of Seventy’s Board of Directors announced that Al Schmidt has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania’s long standing nonpartisan advocate for better government.
November 15, 2021 • Press Releases
Statement on the Conviction of Councilmember Bobby Henon and Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty
The conviction of Councilmember Bobby Henon and Local 98 business manager John Dougherty marks a historic break from business as usual in Philadelphia politics.
October 28, 2021
Philadelphia City Council Redistricting Roadmap for an Open, Accessible and Inclusive Process
Philadelphia took a significant step forward in the 2011 redistricting cycle when several of the most gerrymandered districts in the country were finally addressed. This was due, in no small part, to substantial advocacy both in the communities negatively affected and by champions within City Hall of a more fair map that strove for equitable representation.
October 21, 2021
David Thornburgh's Testimony to the PA State Government Committee
C70 CEO and Chair of the Draw the Lines PA initiative, David Thornburgh, testified on October 20, 2021 before the PA State Government Committee about congressional redistricting.
September 17, 2021 • Press Releases
Statement on Misguided Senate Action to Subpoena Voter Records and Personal Information Regarding the 2020 General Election
Statement on Misguided Senate Action to Subpoena Voter Records and Personal Information Regarding the 2020 General Election
August 13, 2021 • Letters & Testimony
Letter to York County Commissioners Regarding Partisan Election Review
The following letter was emailed to York County Commissioners Julie Wheeler (President), Doug Hoke (Vice President), and Ron Smith on August 12.