Governor Wolf Opposes Gutting of Independent Redistricting Commission Bill

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Opposes Gutting of Independent Redistricting Commission Bill April 11, 2018center_img Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on the House State Government Committee Republican ​majority’s last-minute move to gut and replace House Bill 722, originally to create an independent redistricting commission, with a redistricting process that is more politically driven:“This is partisan politics at its worst and it shows a flippant disregard for thousands of citizens that have spoken in favor of independent redistricting and ending gerrymandering. After the last few months, it should be clear that the solution to our broken redistricting system is not putting more power in the hands of partisan politicians. This is wrong, and it is an affront to our democracy. I urge the full House to reject this partisan political power play and demand a vote on a truly independent redistricting commission.”last_img read more

Monk: Swans display deserved credit

first_img “I understand that, but it’s my job as manager to stick up for my players and give them credit they deserve as much as the criticism when the negatives come their way. “It’s one game and we’re not getting carried away. We’ve got a lot to do but when credit’s due we should get it and unfortunately we didn’t because the media followed that story.” Monk said the performance at Stamford Bridge reflected the maturity in a side which finished a club-best eighth in the Premier League last season with a record points total. “I spoke to them before about belief and I think you saw that for 45 minutes at Chelsea last year, but when things went wrong we lost our way,” Monk said. “But you saw that belief for 90 minutes on Saturday. Unfortunately we went behind twice but we’ve shown we learned and ended the ones creating the danger. “I knew they would be focused, I had no worries about them because of their maturity as a side.” Speaking before Saturday’s home game against Newcastle, Monk said it was not his duty to discuss internal decisions taken at Chelsea but he insisted the row had deflected focus away from Swansea claiming their first point at Stamford Bridge in five Premier League attempts. “I was focused on my team, I didn’t pay attention to what was happening there and it’s not my job to give an opinion,” Monk said. “What Chelsea choose to do internally is their choice and the m anager has the right to have whoever he wants on the bench, that’s his prerogative and for others to judge. “The disappointing part of it all is that’s what the national press has decided to focus on and not the performance my players put on. “To go to the champions in the first game of the season and put a performance like that on… it’s been overshadowed.” Asked whether player welfare should come first in such incidents, Monk replied: “My medical staff understand how I work, what I expect from them and how we work. “I can only judge that, I’m not here to judge another club’s medical team and what they do. We know what we expect and that’s all I care about. “It’s quite natural the top teams are expected to win and when it doesn’t happen people tend to focus on the wrong things rather than what the opposition did well not to allow them to win the game. Swansea manager Garry Monk feels the row over Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro going on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge last weekend overshadowed his side’s performance against the Barclays Premier League champions. Monk’s men held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw but most of the subsequent headlines have centred on first-team doctor Carneiro rushing on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, in the process momentarily reducing the 10-man Blues to nine players. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho later described the actions of the club’s medical staff as “impulsive and naive” and Press Association Sport understands that Carneiro, while retaining her current job title, will no longer be involved in matches or training sessions. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ellsworth’s Higgins receives coaching honor

first_imgELLSWORTH — The National High School Coaches Association named Ellsworth’s Brian Higgins as 2017 High School Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year on Friday.Higgins, who is Maine’s winningest tennis coach with over 600 victories, has led the girls’ team to five state runner-up finishes in his tenure as coach. He also coaches the boys’ team, with which he won a state championship in 1996.“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Higgins as National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year,” NHSCA Executive Director Eric Hess said in a statement. “Coach Higgins’ commitment to excellence for his student-athletes on and off the tennis [court] makes him an excellent choice for this honor.”Higgins is the second coach from Maine to receive the award. Lewiston’s Anita Murphy became the first when she did so in 2011.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHiggins will receive a trophy and a spot in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum, which the NHSCA’s Mattie Potter said will be built “in the near future.”last_img read more