Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Hallwatch Posts Scorecard on Zoning Bill

Hallwatch, the creation of Ed Goppolt is the best watchdog in Philly politics. They just posted a scorecard on how our State Representatives and Senators voted on the "Leave No Billboard Behind Act." (The link is embedded in the title of the post, above.) I don't know whether he had already done this, whether he read the suggestion here, or whether we are thinking along the same lines, but I earlier wrote this, after thinking about the awful bill:

In the future, when these types of issues come up, I would like to see if we can at least get our state officials on the record. Maybe we can start a scorecard or something to keep in our pockets for future use? Philadelphia has seen a consistent drop in power in the State House. At the very least, we should make sure our Reps are voting in the right way.

Needless to say, it is a great thing to see someone putting in the time to attempt to get our Reps on the record. This must have been quite a time consuming process... I hope he keeps it up, because there are a lot more bills where we need to monitor how we are being represented in Harrisburg, and in City Hall.

Thank you, Hallwatch. The Committee of Seventy may have the prestige, but for the nitty-gritty of city politics, Hallwatch is the only game in town.


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