Governor Wolf Denies Trump Administration Request for Voter Information

first_imgGovernor Wolf Denies Trump Administration Request for Voter Information June 30, 2017 Press Release,  Voting & Elections Governor Tom Wolf sent the following letter today to Kris Kobach, the Vice Chair of the Trump Administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.To view the letter in its entirety, click here (Scribd). View a PDF version here.Full text of the letter:June 30, 2017Kris W. KobachVice ChairPresidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500Dear Vice Chair Kobach:We have received your request for the personal information, including partial Social Security Numbers, birth dates and driver license numbers, of every registered voter in the state. The commonwealth cannot share this information.Your request is problematic for several reasons. First, you have suggested that you would make this information public. Wholesale public disclosure of individual voter records would be inappropriate, and it is contrary to Pennsylvania law. Second, you have given no assurances that you will handle such data securely. More broadly, your request implies that your office may undertake a systematic effort to suppress the vote in Pennsylvania.In addition, I have serious reservations about the true intentions of this effort in light of the false statements this administration has made regarding voting integrity, the historical suppression of voting rights, and the way that such data has been used in the past.First, during the campaign, then-candidate Trump repeatedly and falsely suggested, without evidence, that there existed wide-spread voter fraud in Pennsylvania and in particular in certain population centers in our commonwealth. These claims were untrue and unsupported by any credible evidence. Even worse, after the election, then-President-elect Trump suggested that millions of votes across the country had been cast illegally. Again, then President-Elect Trump provided no evidence in support of his claims. These attacks on our most important democratic institution – the right to vote – remain unproven and lack even a scintilla of support.Second, I have grave concerns your request is a mere pretense for pursuing restrictions on the fundamental right of citizens to vote. Here in Pennsylvania, our Courts have already struck down a voter identification program, holding that such program placed unconstitutional and undue burden on this fundamental right. I have no interest in contributing to any effort to suppress the right to vote or create unnecessary or unfair burdens on voters.Lastly, my predecessor sought to participate in your failed Inter-State Crosscheck Program, only to have local election officials explain that the program was useless, and even hurtful to improving the integrity of our election systems. The Crosscheck data was riddled with errors and inaccurate. Even so, the program discovered absolutely no double voting within the commonwealth.Of course, integrity of the vote is of utmost importance to me and my administration. As such, my administration has partnered with the PEW Charitable Trusts’ and the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to help ensure the integrity of our voter rolls. ERIC provides a more sophisticated and more reliable matching process than Interstate Crosscheck and consequently delivers a high level of confidence in the data that it provided to Pennsylvania. We are satisfied with ERIC and do not need any further assistance.That said, like any citizen, you are welcome to purchase the publicly available voter file from the Pennsylvania Department of State. It can be purchased at for $20. Of course, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, such data may not be used for commercial or other purposes, except as required by 25 Pa.C.S. sections 1207(b) & 1404(c)(2). Further, such information may not be published on the Internet, as such publication is prohibited by 4 Pa. Code sections 183.13(g) & 183.14(k).At the end of the day, I would be more interested in hearing from the White House how they are protecting our elections from outside, illegal and international influence, including misinformation disseminated on the Internet. Further, I would support any effort to invest more federal funding in protecting our voter systems and improving voting technology.The right to vote is absolute and I have no confidence that you seek to bolster it. Voter suppression is undemocratic and I will not allow Pennsylvania to participate in this process to further the trend of suppression seen across the country.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorGovernor Tom Wolf Letter to Kris Kobach Denying Trump Administration Request for Voter Information by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Beat writers predict a close game in Syracuse’s matchup with Pittsburgh

first_img Published on January 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm Comments Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) is coming off an overtime upset at No. 1 Duke. Pittsburgh (12-5, 2-2) just upset No. 11 Florida State by double-digit points. When the Orange and Panthers meet on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, both teams will be riding a high from major wins. Pitt has been a surprise in its first year under former Duke assistant Jeff Capel, and the Orange will look to start a winning streak.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen on Saturday after the 2 p.m. tip-off.Billy Heyen (13-4)Beware the PittSyracuse 75, Pittsburgh 69For a program that looked in disarray such a short time ago, Pittsburgh has made itself into a team Syracuse can’t look past. A win over No. 11 Florida State at the same time SU was upsetting No. 1 Duke set this up as a matchup of two teams feeling really good about themselves. The Panthers play some zone, which the Orange haven’t always solved this season, but with Tyus Battle and Elijah Hughes making shots of late, that should be enough. Charlie DiSturco (12-5)Pitt stopSyracuse 67, Pittsburgh 65AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis game is eerily similar to Syracuse’s matchup against Georgia Tech a week ago. Two really solid defensive teams that defend the 3 well. Both teams are coming off huge upset wins and will carry that momentum into Saturday night. The Orange will continue to shoot 3s, which will keep this game extremely close down the stretch. Pittsburgh has been playing extremely well of late, but have yet to win an away game. That’ll remain true on Saturday when the Panthers return to the road inside the Carrier Dome.Matthew Gutierrez (11-6)Orange PantherSyracuse 68, Pittsburgh 66Kudos to former Duke coach and now first-year Pitt head coach Jeff Capel for what’s playing out as a solid turnaround. Optimism is all over the Panthers program, especially after Monday’s upset over FSU. Their guard play has been phenomenal. The thing is, Syracuse’s strength also is guard play. Give the edge to SU, which should pick up its fourth conference victory. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Manchester United suffer blow as Louis van Gaal confirms Wayne Rooney knee injury

first_imgManchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been left out of the squad for the Europa league tie at FC Midtjylland on Thursday amid fears he could be out for as long as two months due to a knee ligament injury.The England forward Rooney did not travel to Denmark for the last-32 first-leg match.Van Gaal explained Rooney’s absence during a media conference.Sky Sports claim Rooney is expected to miss six weeks, but Van Gaal said he did not know how long his captain will take to recover from the blow.A two-month absence would see the 30-year-old Rooney miss up to 11 matches with United and two with England, but a six-week recovery period would still be a serious setback for Van Gaal and United.”We have 13 players injured and Wayne Rooney is one of them,” said Van Gaal.”He scores a lot of goals so he is very important for us. We know that but we have to cope.” Rooney has scored seven goals in his past nine appearances for United. He is United’s top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions.United occupy fifth place in the Premier League, six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with 12 matches remaining.Van Gaal said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Sunderland that winning the Europa League was looking the most viable route into the Champions League.Rooney’s injury is not only a concern to United’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four with national coach Roy Hodgson preparing for the Euro 2016 finals in France in June.England face international friendlies next month against Germany and the Netherlands. He has been blighted in previous years by injury preparing for major tournaments with England. He broke a metatarsal before the World Cup finals a decade ago, and toiled with an ankle injury before the 2010 finals in South Africa.Hodgson said on Saturday that Rooney – England’s all-time record goalscorer – will be ”a player we need to depend upon” in France.Rooney has netted three times in four outings for England this season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Sunday blog: Talking local politics, bullying, Obamacare, shoutouts and Quinn’s thoughts

first_img3. School Stuff: I really have nothing to talk about here except I’m really liking art this quarter. Shout out to Mrs. Turkle my art teacher. 5. SUMNER NEWSCOW TEE SHIRT GIVE AWAY: I’ve haven’t done one of these in a long time so here you go.Question: What molecule has two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms? Send your answer to First one to answer correctly wins a T-shirt.That’s all so thanks for reading good bye! Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball and Quinn thoughts for Nov. 10, 2013…1. Some perspective…The older I get, the more I tire of politics, and the selfishness of it all. Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans – they all sound like self-absorbed intolerant whiners.Unfortunately, such rancor seems to be seeping into the local lexicon. So was the case this week with the Susan’s Portrait studio parking lot debate. I was disappointed a few people were balking at something any business person would do, best position their business to succeed. In the wake of all the empty buildings in Wellington, it’s baffling to me anybody would protest anything that might help the local business climate.The reality is, business owner Susan Treft didn’t initiate getting a city loan to pay for a parking lot. According to Wellington City Code, any new business requires a hard surface (concrete or asphalt) parking lot. She was going to make it a gravel parking lot because a hard surface parking lot would cost in excess of $18,000. Essentially, she is borrowing to keep up with city standards.The debate should have been whether the city should require businesses to have a hard surface. Unfortunately, those throwing a fit decided to take it out on the small business owner.To his credit, Wellington City Council Gus Collins helped Susan with financing which she will pay back in 10 payments. If you think this is abnormal, then perhaps a reality pill is needed. Home owners in new developments are assessed special taxes by the municipality for newly paved streets and utilities. That’s only been done for like… forever.Nevertheless, even if you think government should not be involved with private business, the system is place to do so. If you are a business owner why should you not take advantage of the various means available?By the same token, shouldn’t we the community of Wellington give Susan the benefit of the doubt? As a professional photographer, I know very well just how highly Susan Treft is respected in the professional photography world. Photographers from across the state of Kansas come to her for her expertise. She teaches a class annually at the Kansas Professional Photographers Association summer school held for a week in Newton.In the digital world, no industry has been annihilated like the photography business. Last I counted, there were over 25 people in Sumner County, who were trying to make some money off their digital cameras. The fact that Susan is building a new studio is testimony just how good of photographer and business woman she really is and what an asset she is to Wellington.How many people have come into Wellington over the past 20 years from say Winfield, Wichita, Andale, Timbuktu to get their portraits taken while in the process getting a bite to eat and shopping a little in the process? Susan’s Portraits for years have contributed to the community’s sales tax revenue base. It is not only good that the Wellington City Council help her out, it should be mandatory.Wellington, you can’t have it both ways. We either make this community a pro-business friendly environment and help our local businesses, or we let this town decay. If we can’t help a small business person succeed in this corporate dominated world, then we have lost focus of what living in a small community such as Wellington is all about.It’s about helping one another. Quinn McCue5. Quinn’s thoughts… WHS Student Section at football games.4. Shout out of the week…  My shout out this week goes to the Wellington student section and the band who were absolutely fabulous at the Wellington High School football games this year. Come to think of it, a special shootout goes out to Sam Wylie for bringing us a new Crusader and Thunder the horse to the games. And good job to the WHS football team for giving us fans a winning record for the first time since 2009. And let’s not forget about the great seasons the Wellington Cross Country, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams had.When you look back at the fall sports season, it was a pretty good year to be a Crusader. Hi it’s Quinn and due to popular request here are my thoughts! 4. I like bunnies. Their so cute and fat.We have bunnies at the Wellington Middle school after school program.center_img 2. I’ve made banana muffins yesterday and 2 hours later they were all gone. Quinn Master Baker! 1. Pokemon: I’ve had a strange addiction to Pokemon white. It’s really fun and some of the Pokemon are so cute. 3. Obamacare headaches…President ObamaWow this Obamacare — or Affordable Healthcare Act for the political correct — has gotten off to a terrible start. Not only is the Obamacare registration website not been working properly and our former governor Kathleen Sebelius, now U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, is under fire for gross negligence, but some people are getting their current health insurance policies canceled. If you don’t believe me, get on Facebook and see the rancor of those who learned that their current health coverage has been canceled because it doesn’t fit with the requirements of Obamacare.Wasn’t this new healthcare plan supposed to give people more healthcare coverage not less?I’m reserving judgment on whether Obamacare is actually good for healthcare. My wife, who knows a little about medicine, isn’t so sure herself.But there’s no doubt the initial implementation of this program has been a complete disaster. And there is still this thing that proponents can’t seem to answer about how the heck are we going to pay for Obamacare considering our deficit is in the trillions and we are having a hard time funding Social Security and Medicare now especially with all you hippy baby boomers reaching retirement age. 2. Bullying…The Wellington school board members, some who have been known to do a little bullying themselves, should pay careful attention what is going on with the Miami Dolphins. An NFL lineman, Richie Incognito, is accused of bullying another offensive lineman Jonathan Martin and it became a major issue last week for the Miami Dolphin organization. What has ensued is a national controversy that looked eerily similar to a situation we had in Wellington a few weeks earlier. It could result in several firings throughout the Dolphin management.Wellington school district needs to take an aggressive approach in not only implementing its anti-bullying policies it established a few years ago, but educate its teachers, students and parents on the dangers of bullying – especially in the social media.I liked what Circle High Schools did the other day. They had an assembly for parents, students, teachers and administrators addressing the problem with social media and bullying.The saying goes an ounce of prevention is better than a ton of cure is applicable here. Social media and bullying education should be as mandatory as drug and sex education. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down smile & don’t hate · 352 weeks ago Before the city gets wrapped up in paved parking lots maybe all city streets should be paved. The miami issue is not compatible to hs bullying. much more to come out on that. Report Reply 1 reply · active 352 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 352 weeks ago Marc Wynn is the Quinn Thoughts winner of a T-shirt. The answer was hydrogen peroxide. Cueball didn’t know the answer either by the way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 352 weeks ago Agree completely with the bullying and healthcare thing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Just Wondering · 352 weeks ago Traci The picture of Quinn is very good. Did Susan take the picture? Report Reply 1 reply · active 352 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down @jsyates · 352 weeks ago H2O2…isn’t that hydrogen peroxide? Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down guest · 352 weeks ago Conway Springs had an assembly last week also over bullying. Such an important subject, thanks for touching on it Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Brandon Wilmoth · 352 weeks ago Good luck on your World History Quiz Mr. Quinn!!!!!…….. Art over my class? Who does not like learning about far off countries? Mr. Wilmoth * He has known about this Quiz since last week so know one freak out on me!!!! 🙂 Report Reply 2 replies · active 352 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 352 weeks ago There’s another saying heard lately: rappers can degrade women and glorify murder and nobody bats an eyelash – But if somebody uses the n-word, everybody loses their minds. There’s a big diff, by the way, between organized shooting at photos of coaches/vilifying a dead kid and his family and – say – whatever pro-football players do to each other. Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down WHS FAN · 352 weeks ago Great article…Susan has worked hard for what she is doing… Report Reply 0 replies · active 352 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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