Gerrymandering: House Bill 722’s Coming-Out Party—Encourage Your Rep to Sign On

From the Committee of Seventy ( House Bill 722, a joint resolution to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish an independent citizens commission to redistrict state legislative and Congressional districts, will be officially introduced next Wednesday, April 26. That comes … Continued

Tracking of Foreign Lobbyists More Important Than Ever

Posted at By: Lydia Dennett | April 12, 2017 Photo: Valerie Everett/Flickr As foreign influence dominates the news cycle with President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, registering as foreign lobbyists, getting better access to foreign lobbying documents … Continued

Advisors to the President Should Be Subject to Ethics Laws

From the Project on Government Oversight ( April 6, 2017 Stephen Feinberg (right), Cerberus Capital Management (Photo: Dow Jones Events / Flickr) With news earlier this week that the White House may name another advisor with vast business holdings that would pose conflicts of interest, the … Continued

‘Confessing Faculty’ Denounce Sins of the Trump Era

Posted at By Bob Allen, Baptist News Global More than 1,100 professors at Christian colleges across the country have signed a “Confessing Faculty” document acknowledging sins of omission that echoes an 83-year-old statement denouncing the corruption of Protestant churches … Continued

Faith Groups to Congress: Do Not Politicize Our Houses of Worship

Posted at We focus on #CommunityNotCandidates A diverse group of 99 religious and denominational organizations are urging Congress to maintain current law that protects houses of worship and other religious nonprofit organizations from political pressure and additional dangers that come … Continued

The Week in Gerrymandering: Funny Districts in VA, Northeast and Western PA

From the Committee of Seventy ( When the Washington Post wrote about “crimes against geography” in 2014, U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan’s funky district, the 7th (“Goofy kicking Donald Duck”) was a prime example. But in the last week, Wilkes-Barre’s Citizens’ … Continued

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