Did you know?
1. CT joined the Union on Jan 9, 1788, as the 5th State
2. CT population increased by 31,847 from 2010-2020
3. The state flower is the Mountain Laurel
Only 5.9% of their population lack health insurance versus 9.2%
Since April the Census Bureau has surveyed over 1M and one line of inquiry is who isn’t vaccinated. I was very surprised to learn that 85% have received at least one shot of a vaccine. I was also surprised by the attributes that this group shares, e.g., they are more likely to be unmarried.
A Message from the WY DOE:
In recognition of Estelle Reel, the first woman elected and to hold the office of state superintendent of public instruction in Wyoming, and the second woman elected and to hold a statewide office in the United States, January 7 of each year is designated as “Estelle Reel Day.”
Challenge: Let’s learn about this WY woman and then plan how to celebrate her spirit.
Idaho has 240 highway markers, mostly erected 1956-1986. As this signage ages, it’s replaced with more accurate and nuanced markers. As an example, the diary of Scottish explorer John Shaw is included on one sign:
“It appeared to us probably that no human being had ever trodden in that path before. But we were soon undeceived, for we had not been many hours there before my people, going about their horses, found a pheasant (grouse) with a fresh arrow in it and not yet dead. So, at the moment we were indulging in such an idea, the Indians might have been within 50 yards of us!”
The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is a big change in this census cycle. It’s a non-profit fair mapping advocate group that extends help to all 50 states, including WY. In NJ, they formed a state-wide coalition including the LWVNJ.
Will the official redistricting committee will consider the coalition’s map? Will their own map will resemble that of the coalition. Fun fact: District 12 contains a community of interest they labeled college-centric as there are 4 major schools in that district.
Here is an amazing redistricting map (for Ohio federal House). ALL 17 districts are essentially equal in size. This map was released today by the PA House State Gov Comm. It was drawn by citizen activist Amanda Holt. Over 7200 maps were submitted by other citizen activists.
This PA House State Gov Comm has been asked to release a narrative explaining “why some districts look as they do.” The PA Senate Gov Comm has yet to release its preliminary map.
Amanda is a 30-something music teacher. Catch her story: https://drawthelinespa.org/about-us/video-the-amanda-holt-story