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Governor Wolf Appoints Obra Kernodle to Gaming Control Board

first_imgGovernor Wolf Appoints Obra Kernodle to Gaming Control Board November 27, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that Obra Kernodle has been appointed to the Gaming Control Board. Obra most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Governor’s Office.“Obra has been an important voice in my administration for improving the lives of all Pennsylvanians and I know he will bring the same dedication and commitment to the Gaming Control Board,” Governor Wolf said.Most recently, before his appointment as a member of Governor Wolf’s senior staff, Obra was a senior advisor for Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team.Prior to joining the Wolf for Governor Campaign, Obra worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as Deputy of Legislative Affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, Obra was part of President Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania Southeast Political Director. Obra currently sits on the boards of Visit Philly and Welcome America.Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kernodle is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida A&M University in 2002.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe late George Friel RIP.The members of Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) wish to pay tribute to our highly esteemed colleague and dear friend George Friel, who died peacefully in the company of his beloved family at home in Buncrana on Saturday 28 November 2015.George dedicated the last ten plus years campaigning vigorously for the retention and development of cancer services in Letterkenny General/University Hospital and for the provision of Radiotherapy Services for cancer patients in Donegal and the North West Region. He was very successful in his endeavours.All in CCC(NW) recognised in George the qualities of a true Gentle-Man. We all knew that once George said he was going to do a certain thing, it was as good as done. His word was his bond. He was a true and loyal friend. A man who demonstrated a great sense of fun, compassion and kindness. George was a man who, when he learnt that a person was in difficulty offered to help as best he could. He was selfless. He was not a man to knowingly walk away from a person in need. He was a man of great integrity. One of CCC(NW)’s top priorities was to lobby on both sides of the Border to ensure that the possibility of a radiotherapy unit in the North West Region became a reality. George lobbied the length and breadth of this island, he lobbied in Leinster House and Stormont Castle, in Council Chambers, on the streets of Dublin, Derry and Letterkenny, he lobbied politicians and health officials from both sides of the border and he brought our campaign into the homes of every town and townland in Donegal.His message and that of every CCC(NW) member was simple and easy to understand. The people of Donegal and the North West Region need a radiotherapy unit in either Letterkenny General or Altnagelvin Hospital to treat cancer patients locally and we need to work together, speaking with one united voice to achieve this goal.George continued to work/lobby throughout his illness including travelling to Dublin to attend meetings. His last meeting was in October last, in Altnagelvin Hospital where he discussed progress/developments on the Cross Border Radiotherapy Unit due to open next autumn. George was passionate regarding the necessity of locating this facility in the NorthWest Region to serve cancer patients in Donegal/NW.George was also a founding member of Donegal Action for Cancer which was initially established in Moville in March 2005 and he served on its Executive County Committee. He resigned from DACC in early 2007 and joined fellow past DACC members to establish Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest in March 2007. Members of CCC(NW) offer our sincere condolences to our highly esteemed members, George’s wife Margaret and his brother John and to George’s children, grandchildren, his brother and sisters and extended family circle. The family of CCC(NW) feels that it too has lost a brother. May George rest in peace.CANCER CAMPAIGNER GEORGE FRIEL – A TRIBUTE was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancer campaignerdonegalGeorge Friellast_img read more


After 45 Years US Support for Death Penalty Drops below 50—What Now

first_imgShare7TweetShare2Email9 SharesOctober 3, 2016; New York TimesIn the midst of a significant bipartisan push for criminal justice reform, public support for the death penalty has slipped below the 50 percent mark, according to a Pew Research Center poll. In fact, this downward trajectory shows a move from a high of 80 percent support in 1995 to 49 percent now. Opposition to the death penalty has also moved fairly significantly, from 16 percent in 1995 to 42 percent now. But the chart below illustrates why there will be no time to rest on any laurels. The last time support for the death penalty was below 50 percent was in 1971.Democrats and Republicans differ enormously on this issue: Only 34 percent of Democrats support the death penalty today, while within the Republicans’ ranks, support stands at 72 percent. Men support it more than women, and whites are more supportive than African Americans. One has to wonder what might move that 72 percent in a sustainable way?The decline in public support for the death penalty is accompanied by a drop in U.S. executions. In 1999, there were 98 executions, compared to 15 so far in 2016 even as the majority of the states opt to keep it in use. Under these circumstances, death penalty advocates must consider their next steps very carefully.—Ruth McCambridgeShare7TweetShare2Email9 Shareslast_img read more

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