What is on the horizon?
[Editors note I have pretty much given up on the Federal Government and with a few of the bills that have been allowed to get pushed through here in Pennsylvania I am on the brink of not voting on the local level. It is becoming fast what I had always feared, “My vote means nothing.]
In the past couple of days we have gotten some bad news as I have written about in my last post to this blog. With the ok of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the Right to go ahead and seize more power than they already have with the redistricting bill (Pa Senate Bill1249) they put together and pushed through because of their majority hold and a governor that goes against the will of the citizenry of the state, at what seems like every chance he gets.
Many people would argue that any party that holds a majority would do the same type of things to hold that majority, but this is a absolute abuse of that power. I have never seen this type of abuse in all the years I have been covering politics. Oh wait, yes I have in Texas. Would anyone like to venture a guess? (Just imagine the theme for Jeopardy here.) He was majority leader under G.W. Bush. He was brought on charges two times by the Ethics Board and preformed one of the largest redistricting in Texas history, giving power to the republicans. Give up?
Tom DeLay (R-TX) The House Majority Leader was reprimanded twice by the House Ethics Committee and his aides indicted (2004–2005); eventually DeLay himself was investigated in October 2005 in connection with the Abramoff scandal, but not indicted.
DeLay resigned from the House 9 June 2006. Delay was found to have illegally channeled funds from Americans for a Republican Majority to Republican state legislator campaigns. He was convicted of two counts of money laundering and conspiracy in 2010
The next thing the Supreme Court can do which will hurt the people and help what seems to be their “Pet Project” The Gas Industry, is to allow Act 13 to stand as written. This is waiting on Corbett to appoint a Justice to takeover for Joan Orie Melvin after her conviction of For theft of services, conspiracy and misappropriating state property. Odds are Corbett will appoint someone who will side with the gas companies.
On A Personal Note
Just as a personal observation; It seems those who side with the Governor and the Industry are making out on this new redistricting plan. It seems they have more control over area that is likely to be fracked in the future of the state. To be fair I have only done a small study so far. However, in that short study my theory holds up.
Regarding major shifts in the House districts, Press Secretary Miskin points out Republican Dennis O’Brien’s district 169 in Philadelphia moves to York County. Democrat Nick Kotik’s district 45 shifts from Allegheny across the state to Chester County. Democrat Chelsea Wagner’s district 22 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County also moves across the state to Allentown in Lehigh County. Republican John Evans’ district 5 spanning Erie and Crawford Counties shifts across the state to Reading in Berks County. Much of Democrat Jesse White’s district 46 in Allegheny, Beaver, and Washington Counties moves to small parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties. Democrat Edward Staback’s district 115 in Lackwanna and Wayne Counties moves to Monroe County. Penn Hills in Allegheny County shifted to Democrat Anthony’s DeLuca’s district 32. Significant adjustments were also made to Democrat Steven Santarsiero’s district 31 in Bucks County and Democrat Brandon Neuman’s district 48 in Washington County. Miskin notes that some of the representatives losing their counties are retiring.
Still on that personal note, how much of Jesse White’s district will have to do with monitoring the Gas Industry. I don’t have the figures in front of me, but I will check.