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Rep. DeLissio holds town hall session

While the other speakers agreed on an Article 5 convention, Sims disagreed. “There’s a wide spectrum of issues that are calling for states to come together. Everything is open at an Article 5 convention. Why don’t we try to invest in everyday people? Pennsylvania could pass a bill.”

Ethics 08.6.2019

Commission: City real estate manager violated Ethics Act with purchase of house

Micah C. T. Sims, executive director of the watchdog group Common Cause Pennsylvania, applauded the commission for the finding of a violation, but wondered whether the remedy was sufficient. “A slap on the hand is nice,” he said. But, he added, “This type of practice cannot continually go on.” He suggested that the city might take the house back and put it “up for sale again through the right process.”

Gina Cerilli, Westmoreland commissioner, joins Pittsburgh law firm

Sims said it is not unusual for elected officials, including many in the state Legislature, to hold jobs as lawyers in addition to their positions as state representatives and senators.

Some worry PA court’s congressional map dilutes black votes

Common Cause Pennsylvania's Executive Director Micah Sims said his organization, and the NAACP, are currently considering whether to contest the map on the grounds it might violate the Voting Rights Act.

Court unveils district map

Micah Sims, executive director of Common Cause in Pennsylvania, said that Supreme Court appears to have successfully followed its own directions given to the Legislature in an order in January describing how congressional districts should look.

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