It’s not everyday I get a front row seat to view legislative actions that impact the entire state of Pennsylvania.
I was invited to attend a press conference featuring Gov. Tom Wolf but was later un-invited because I’d don’t posses anything close to a press credential other than a business card.
I had to be in Media at 2pm yesterday, so I figured they’d either let me in to join the 11:30am press conference with Gov Wolf or I’d cash in on the consolation prize of lunch at Bittersweet before my 2pm-er. I was almost disappointed to be let into the press conference because most of these events are so basic, regular, and boring. Not this one. A lot of great information was shared and the exchange of questions and answers were intense, unpredictable, and somewhat unusual.
Granted, this normally wouldn’t be an event I’d cover, and I knew I’d be counting on the real journalists in the room to report on what was being said. I took some photos and listened intently. Below you’ll find my pics with a few quotes from the Daily Times and Inquirer newspapers.
The press conference consisted of Gov. Tom Wolf joining Delaware County officials to defend the freedom of Pennsylvanians to vote and denounce efforts in the legislature to create barriers to voting. The governor is urging the legislature to support commonsense election reforms that build on the landmark, bipartisan election law passed in 2019.
One newspaper described the event as the battle to shape public opinion over Pennsylvania Republicans’ proposed election overhaul which intensified yesterday, as Gov. Tom Wolf (D) called it an attack on voting rights and GOP lawmakers crashed the event in Delaware County Council chambers to demand he negotiate as Republicans call the bill an important, top-to-bottom upgrade of an election code that dates to 1937, parts of which were revised in a major 2019 law that greatly expanded mail voting.
Thanks for the pictures – your coverage complements the Daily Times’ coverage, helps us match names to faces, and got me very curious! So I took a look on http://www.legis.state.pa.us and found something interesting…
Rep. Seth Grove and 29 other GOP assemblymen put their names on this bill, representing counties all over PA. But 82 GOP names are NOT on this bill. Note that not a single legislator from Montgomery, Philadelphia or Delaware County – all hit early and hard by COVID – put their name on this bill regardless of party affiliation! What is masquerading as an “election reform” bill seems suspiciously like an exercise to give Gov. Wolf heartburn for taking measures to limit COVID spread.