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August 17, 2018 • Press Releases
Seventy Supports a Free Press
The Committee of Seventy--one of the nation’s oldest political reform organizations--stands this week with editorial boards and commentators around the country in expressing deep concern about attacks on journalism and journalists, and applauds any and all efforts to push back on attempts to limit a free and independent news media.
June 29, 2018 • Press Releases
Committee of Seventy Statement on Campaign for Redistricting Reform
Seventy deplores Harrisburg’s cynical, partisan inaction; urges frustrated voters not to give up on the fight for a better way
May 26, 2018 • Press Releases
Seventy's Statement on Gov. Wolf's 21st Century Voting Reform Plan for PA
The Committee of Seventy welcomes Governor Wolf’s support of several proposals that would help ensure representative and accountable government in Pennsylvania. Campaign finance and redistricting reform, in particular, are urgently needed to prevent special interests from exerting undue influence on the political process and to begin rebuilding trust in our democracy.
May 22, 2018 • Press Releases
Committee of Seventy Statement on SB 22 Amendment
The Committee of Seventy applauds Senate State Government Committee Chairs Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) and their Senate State Government Committee colleagues for voting to approve today a compromise proposal that improves the redistricting process in Pennsylvania.
May 03, 2018 • Press Releases
In Support of the Proposed Amendment to the Home Rule Charter Educational Supplement
What is the amendment about? City voters will decide on May 15 whether the so-called Educational Supplement to the Home Rule Charter dealing with the public school system will be amended in various parts. These changes would impact the nomination, appointment and removal process for Board of Education members and create a Parent and Community Advisory Council charged with “consult[ing] on issues pertaining to educational policy and family and community engagement in schools.”
May 03, 2018 • Press Releases
Seventy Announces Release of 2018 Primary Election Resources
COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY ELECTION PROGRAM SET FOR MAY 15 PRIMARY ELECTION | Nonpartisan Voter Guide Expanded to All Five Counties
April 11, 2018 • Press Releases
Statement on HB 722 Amendment
Trust in government is at all-time lows. As polls have made clear, voters’ concern over the health of our democracy spans both the political spectrum and the Commonwealth.
March 22, 2018 • Press Releases
Seventy's Statement on the Supreme Court's Redistricting Case Dismissal
The Committee of Seventy is gratified that the federal judiciary has let stand the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling tossing out the state’s 2011 congressional map.
March 12, 2018 • Press Releases
Seventy's Statement on Governor Wolf's Citizens First Ethics Plan
Governor Wolf’s statement of support for sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform is welcomed. If advanced, this move at long last could finally bring Pennsylvania’s transparency and accountability laws in line with other states.
February 20, 2018 • Press Releases
Seventy's Statement on the PA Supreme Court's Remedial Map
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling tossing out the state’s 2011 congressional map was a welcome statement that gerrymandering can become so blatantly partisan and excessive that it violates the state Constitution.