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

Men’s basketball prepares for Vanderbilt’s talented freshmen

first_imgFreshman guard Kevin Porter looks for a pass against Robert Morris Tuesday. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The men’s basketball team looks to start its season 2-0 when they play  Vanderbilt University at the Galen Center on Sunday. The Commodores finished near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference last season with a 12-20 record, but they seem poised for a bounce-back effort.Vanderbilt is 1-0 after defeating Winthrop 92-79 at home on Tuesday. The Commodores played a well-rounded offensive game, shooting over 50 percent from the field, making 10 3-pointers and shooting 20 free throws.“To have a chance to defeat a very good team like Vanderbilt we have to defend at a high level, limit second shots and then we have to get out in transition ourselves,” head coach Andy Enfield said.Enfield listed athleticism, agility and 3-point shooting as the Commodores’ strengths.“They’re a different team than they were last year,” Enfield said of Vanderbilt, who the Trojans defeated 93-89 in overtime a season ago. “They’re younger, but they’re much more athletic and fast.”Vanderbilt was led by two five-star freshmen in guard Darius Garland and center Simisola Shittu. Garland shot 9-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-7 from 3-point distance to lead the team in scoring with 24 points while adding four assists. Shittu was a strong inside presence, racking up 18 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free throw line.Garland and Shittu, along with four-star forward Aaron Nesmith, make up one of the best recruiting classes in Vanderbilt’s history. The Trojans will have to key in on this group that ranked as the No. 13 recruiting class in the nation this season. Enfield emphasized the players’ athleticism and offensive aggression.Redshirt junior forward Matt Ryan also presents the Trojans with issues. At 6-foot-8 and 209 pounds, Ryan has the height to survive as a big man and the shooting stroke to punish slower defenders, as evidenced by his 4-of-11 mark from long range against Winthrop. Ryan demonstrated his propensity to get hot by making three straight 3s in the first half. He could be a problem for Trojan big men junior Nick Rakocevic and sophomore Victor Uyaelunmo.“They’re a great 3-point shooting team,” Aaron said. “Keeping them off, running guys off the 3-point line, and just playing [defense].”The Trojans battled through a slow start to defeat Robert Morris 83-62 on Tuesday and open their campaign with a win. After a stagnant offense and inconsistent defense led to a 4-point deficit in the second half, the Trojans finished the frame on a 34-9 run with improved cohesion and ball movement.“Our team is still a work in progress. We have two key players who are injured, and we have a lot of players who are trying to get a feel for their role on the team, as well as to learn our system, especially some of the younger players,” Enfield said. “So our veterans did a great job helping us to win this game, but we’re going to need everybody as we move forward to improve.”On the injury front, Enfield listed senior forward Bennie Boatwright as day-to-day as he continues to recover from his knee injury. Freshman guard Elijah Weaver practiced for the first time since August on Thursday, and Enfield also listed him as day-to-day.The Trojans already have a star freshman in guard Kevin Porter, who contributed 15 points and five rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting against the Colonials. Even as the team was struggling to get good looks, Porter showcased his ability to create shots in isolation opportunities, a key trait for this team’s potential.“He’s incredible. He’s got the whole package,” Rakocevic said of Porter. “He’s a ball-handler, he can shoot it, he’s got a 45-inch vertical, maybe higher. He’s fast, he’s quick, he can play defense. I think he’s a big part of our team this year.”This will be an interesting test for the Trojans in the early season. It’s too soon to know how impressive an opponent Vanderbilt is, but the Commodores certainly have talent. USC will need to play much more like the team fans saw in the second half against Robert Morris than the first half version if it wants to come away victorious.“I’m not really worried about [the game],” Rakocevic said. “We have guys who like working hard, things like that, playing defense. If we can just focus on playing defense, running the floor and doing the little things that we do we’re going to be a really good team.”The Trojans tip off against the Commodores at the Galen Center at 6 p.m.  Sunday.last_img read more

Jordan Hill a bright spot in Lakers’ 107-99 loss to Nets

first_imgJordan Clarkson (18 points), Wesley Johnson (17 points), Wayne Ellington (13 points) and Jabari Brown (11 points) also scored in double-figures.But Scott argued that Hill “really gave us a chance to win the game. Without him tonight, we probably don’t even get this close.”Hill’s initial admission on not feeling prepared partly explains Scott’s season-long concern about his play. Despite Hill posting career-highs in points (12.3 per game), rebounds (eight) and playing time (27.5 minutes), Scott believes the Lakers forward does not consistently hustle. “I still think he can play harder,” Scott said. “That’s one thing I’m a little disappointed in. From last year on the outside looking in, I thought he was a real energy guy. I don’t think he is that right now. But he has to get to that point.”Hill provided that energy against Brooklyn, though it did not matter much. The Lakers had absences for reasons including ailments (Jeremy Lin’s upper respiratory infection) and healthy scratches (Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis). Scott faulted his team for not competing in the first quarter, in which the Nets outscored them 30-19. He also blamed the Lakers for making “boneheaded plays” against Brooklyn center Brook Lopez, who had 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting and 11 rebounds. “It’s more disappointing,” Scott said. “I understand it’s late in the season and guys get to the point where they’re frustrated, minds start to wander and you think about the summer. But we’re in a situation right now with the guys that we have, they still have to look at the future. Everybody is getting evaluated.”A segment of Lakers fans may care more about the team’s NBA Draft lottery odds than Scott’s contention that the final 10 games will heavily influence which players he wants to return next season. With the Lakers (19-53) holding the NBA’s fourth-worst record, they have a 10.4-percent chance to land the No. 1 pick as well as an 82.8-percent chance to retain their top-five protected pick otherwise owed to Philadelphia. The Lakers could improve those chances with a loss today to the Sixers (18-56). But the games still mean something to the Lakers, including Hill, who said he hopes the Lakers exercise the $9 million team option they hold on him for the 2015-16 season.“I’ve had fun here and love the staff,” Hill said. “I love my teammates. But you’ll never know if you’ll be back.”It also remains unclear if Hill will have a chance to prove his case against the Sixers, though Scott said he will consider playing Hill and Boozer together while sitting Tarik Black and Robert Sacre. But Hill pledged he will improve his effort, just as he showed in his unexpected appearance against Brooklyn. “I’m playing a lot more minutes this year. I’m trying to adapt, ” Hill said. “I know how to keep myself at a good pace. I can keep going out there and keep playing 30 minutes a game if I can. I just have to stay with it.” NEW YORK >> An hour approached before tipoff, and Lakers forward Jordan Hill believed he would sit again.Lakers coach Byron Scott gave him that impression after Hill became a healthy scratch the past three games for the sake of developing the team’s younger players. But Scott reconsidered, causing Hill to hesitate when his coach asked if he felt ready.Hill soon said otherwise, but the moment revealed a bit of irony, for two different reasons. Scott believed Hill represented one of the few players who actually competed consistently in the Lakers’ 107-99 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday at Barclays Center after Hill had a team-high 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting and 16 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Isaiah Thomas helping to free Lakers from free-throw woes

first_imgJulius Randle made all nine of his shots from the foul line less than a week after going 0-fer on five attempts in Sacramento.That night, Randle disappeared onto a practice court to address his shot and forget about his dreadful performance from the line.“I had to get it right,” Randle said. “I wouldn’t have been able to sleep that night if I didn’t go get some free throws. I had to stay after and go get some extra work.”Randle’s 9-for-9 showing was the most free throws he has made in a game without a miss in his four-year career.D-WADE RESPONSEJust in case Dwyane Wade did not make clear his admiration for rookie Lonzo Ball on Thursday night when he said he was a “big fan” of the point guard, the future Hall of Famer continued to heap praise on Ball on social media.Wade made a highlight play over Ball in the second quarter, first trying to drive baseline, then once stopped, trying to shake him twice. Finally, Wade faded away out of bounds and shot a high-arcing jumper over the backboard.Wade posted the video of the shot on Instagram and said “the defense on this play is as good as it gets,” tagging Ball. “The next generation of players in our league are special,” Wade wrote. “I’m just glad to have a few minutes against them now.”Thursday was not Ball’s first time playing against Wade. The two shared the court on Dec. 14, when Wade was still in Cleveland. Ball finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double in 38 minutes that night, while Wade scored 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench.The second matchup, Ball said, reminded him of what he remembered seeing from the 36-year-old Wade when he was growing up.“The shot on me today, I was just like, I don’t know how much better defense I can play,” Ball said.WEAR WITH ALLWith their number of healthy and available players dwindling, the Lakers on Friday signed former UCLA star Travis Wear to a 10-day contract.Wear, 27, has spent the last two years with the South Bay Lakers in the G-League after starting each of those seasons in training camp with the Lakers.A 6-foot-10 forward who attended Mater Dei before UCLA, Wear has averaged 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds with South Bay this season. He recently played for the USA men’s team in the first round of FIBA World Cup qualifying.Wear and his twin brother, David, started their college careers at North Carolina in 2009, but transferred to UCLA, where they starred from 2011-14.Travis Wear went undrafted in 2014, but appeared in 51 games that season in New York, averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per appearance.The Lakers have won four games in a row, but are without rookie Josh Hart, who started 10 straight games before suffering a broken bone in his left hand during practice in Miami on Wednesday.Hart was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday morning in L.A.In the win over the Heat, Brandon Ingram left in the fourth quarter due to a strained left hip flexor and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Spurs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s not a big deal,” said Thomas, who, it should be noted, made the second free throw. “I’ll try to break that record now.”Of the things the Lakers gained in their celebrated trade of Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson for Thomas and Channing Frye, free-throw shooting might have been the most overlooked.Thomas is a career 87.6 percent shooter.At 69.9 percent from the line, the Lakers remain the league’s worst free-throw shooting team. But there are signs of progress. In the seven games since Thomas arrived, the Lakers have shot better than 70 percent five times.Against the Heat, the Lakers made 21 of 26 attempts (80.8 percent). SAN ANTONIO — Isaiah Thomas did something on Thursday night in Miami that would not have been strange for any of his Lakers teammates – especially this season – but for him was a first.He missed a free throw as a Laker.Before the 2:37 mark of the second quarter of the Lakers’ 131-113 victory, Thomas had made his first 50 free-throw attempts since being traded from Cleveland.It is the most by a player to start his Lakers career.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more