State Representative David Millard says eh will see re-election for another term as the State Representative for the 109th legislative district, which covers most of Columbia County. Millard says he will continue to focus on the agricultural issues that affect the county along with other issues like jobs and higher education. Last week Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr announced his plans to run against Millard on the Democratic ticket. Both candidates will have to get through the Democratic and Republican April primaries to face each other in the November general election.
Redistricting In Pennsylvania
Republicans and democrats in Harrisburg anxiously await more information from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices regarding legislative redistricting. As we reported to you Thursday morning Pennsylvania's high court has thrown out the legislative maps by a vote of 4-3 saying the maps are “contrary to law.” The old maps will be used until the legislative reapportionment commission.
Citizens For Dan Knorr Question Interview
A bit of political scuffle in Columbia County due to comments made by Incumbent State Representative David Millard of the 109th district, which includes most of Columbia County. A letter was sent from the Citizens for Dan Knorr campaign to WHLM News questioning comments Representative Millard made on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. During the interview Millard spoke about the possibility of representing Benton and Benton Township, which under current legislative maps are not a part of the 109th district, and as we learned the new legislative maps that would move those areas to the district were thrown out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this week. Millard said that knowing the decision on the maps was not final his campaign approached it by keeping Benton and Benton Township on different papers.
Another portion of the interview being questioned in the letter was an exchange between Morning Buzz co-host Norman Mael and Representative Millard about Pennsylvania losing one congressional representative. In the letter Citizens for Dan Knorr wanted to make sure it was clear that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision “does not affect congressional districts, but it does affect all state House and Senate districts.” During Thursday morning's interview Millard stated “The Supreme Court thing yesterday was senatorial and representative, not congressional.” Congressional, for example, refers to US Representative Lou Barletta for our area. Talks continue regarding Pennsylvania redistricting. To learn more you can visit www.redistricting.state.pa.us.
The Corbett administration is taking more heat for a plan to return to assets testing for food stamp recipients. The latest call to reverse the plan comes from former Governor Ed Rendell as he hand delivered a letter, calling on Governor Corbett to reverse the plan. Kendall Hanna, of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, says hunger in the US is at an all time high. Hanna says the change would also put more pressure on food banks.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society offers many services to patients with programs like the free wig program and Road to Recovery. Road to Recovery offers patients free rides to get to their treatments and doctor appointments. You can help by volunteering. Between September and November of last year 230 free rides were given. If you are interested call 884-1027.
In Girls High School basketball Friday night, the Ironmen of Danville rallied in the closing seconds to win 38-28 against Montoursville. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Sports Update:
In College ball Saturday the BU Huskies are at home to play Kutztown. Coverage on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.
Saturday night High School Hoops returns with the Bloomsburg Boys taking on Millville. Coverage of that match starts after the 7PM news.