Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson reach a settlement with Philadelphia, Marino sues a constituent, Miccarelli is under investigation again, and redistricting reform gets high level support but still faces obstacles. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, the two men arrested while waiting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia, settled with the city for $1 each and $200,000 grant pilot program to help Philadelphia high school students who want to become entrepreneurs. “we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see,” they said.
Tom Marino. Congressman Tom Marino filed a lawsuit against two of his constituents for sending an email criticizing donations her received from the pharmaceutical industry as “kickbacks.” The move opens the door to lots of criticism of Marino, who was already facing criticism of his role in the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act which experts blame in part for the opioid epidemic.
Nick Miccarelli. It was revealed this week that State Rep. Nick Miccarelli is under investigation by the state House again. This time for an additional complaint against him stemming from allegations of sexual and physical assault against him.
Redistricting Reform. State House Majority Leader Dave Reed announced he will work to change the way Pennsylvania draws its legislative maps, possibly opening a door to getting a bill through the House State Government Committee. The announcement comes after State Government Committee Daryl Metcalfe gutted two redistricting reform bills in his committee to give the legislature more power. A poll released this week also showed that a majority of voters support an independent commission to draw district lines
Taxpayer Money. Governor Wolf’s announcement that the special election to replace former Congressman Pat Meehan will be held alongside the general election, and likely will be the same for Congressman Charlie Dent’s seat, taxpayers will not be on the hook for the cost of two more Congressional special elections.
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The tweet of the week goes to WESA reporter Chris Potter for his take on the House State Government Committee’s most recent move on redistricting reform.
— Chris Potter (@CPotterPgh) May 1, 2018