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October 13, 2011

TODAY: October 13, 1960 – Third presidential debate with Republican nominee Richard Nixon in Hollywood and Democratic nominee John Kennedy in New York is televised, showing a split screen

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Clean Air Poll Results (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • National Webinar on October 20: Become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
  • Watch Recent LWVUS Webinar Recordings Online (NEW)
  • PMP Statements to Be Mailed Soon (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Fair Judiciary)

  • Fair Judiciary: LWV of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area (SC) Forum on Diversity in the State Courts (NEW)

OTHER

  • LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs until October 15
  • You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Today, the LWV, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)  and LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) released the results of a poll by Public Policy Polling. The poll was conducted nationwide with particular emphasis on voters in California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and was designed to measure support for the EPA. Overwhelmingly, voters, especially women voters, expressed their faith in the EPA and their support for stronger standards to protect the public from toxics in our air.

Opponents of the EPA have relentlessly cited the agency as the prime example of big government interference with business and blamed the agency for job losses and over regulation. Well, what the corporate polluters and their supporters in Congress are selling, the American voter is not buying. There is a clear consensus around the country that protecting the public health through reasonable federal regulation is an important government function and there is no need to choose between jobs and the environment.

Opposing big corporate interests is never easy, and the job never ends, but the League has never shied away from holding officials accountable to the public. We have many tools at our disposal from the Clean Air Promise to the issues we ask candidates for public office to discuss in our forums, debates and voter guides.

Voters who take the time to respond to polls are sending a message to Congress and to the President. That message is no surprise to League members. For over 90 years the League has understood the relationship between public health and well-being and our democracy’s health and well-being.

We can never give up!

In League,

Elisabeth

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

National Webinar on October 20: Become a Ruth S. Shur Fellow (NEW)
The LWVUS is now accepting nominations for new Ruth S. Shur Fellows to join the team and commit to a two-year term of coaching. Learn about the benefits of being a fellow and submit a nomination here. Nominations must be submitted online by November 7, 2011. Self-nominations are welcome! Register for the informational webinar on October 20, 2pm ET, here.

Watch Recent LWVUS Webinar Recordings Online (NEW)
Did you miss the recent LWVUS webinar series on elections or would you like to share the webinar with a League member you know? You can now access full-length recordings of the Shaping Tomorrow: Registering Voters and Do’s and Don’ts of Debate Moderating webinars online. Look for a full library of webinar recordings on the new LWVUS website, launching soon!

PMP Statements to Be Mailed Soon (NEW)
Second quarter PMP statements will be mailed to local and state Leagues in the coming week. If you have any questions about your statement, please contact Yancy Jimenez at yjimenez@lwv.org. Thanks to the Leagues for all their efforts, including making this payment, to make us such a strong organization!

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EDUCATION FUND (Fair Judiciary)

Fair Judiciary: LWV of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area (SC) Forum on Diversity in the State Courts (NEW)
On Wednesday, the South Carolina League hosted what was reported as an “all-star panel – including three state legislators and a circuit court judge.” The media report noted that although there was no resulting agreement on the League’s recommendations to change South Carolina judicial elections, the event served to bring about needed dialogue. State Rep. David Mack III, D-Charleston, who serves on the judicial selection commission and was on the panel, said: "To me, the biggest thing about this is we're having the dialog; we're having the discussion." See last week’s Update for more on this event.

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OTHER

LWVUS Annual Telemarketing Outreach Program Runs until October 15
The LWVUS Development Office wants to alert League leaders that the LWVUS annual fall telemarketing outreach program runs from Sept.13 to Oct.15, 2011. During this campaign, national donors, as well as those local members who contribute to the LWVUS, are contacted by phone with a request for support. In addition, local members who are lapsed more than 24 months will be contacted. They will be given the opportunity to renew membership with their local League. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons at rsimmons@lwv.org.

You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
Some things never change even in these challenging economic times. The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of public policy issue education which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. By making a gift of cash or securities of $5,000 or more to the LWVEF Pooled Income Fund, you can receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the gift's value and continue earning a quarterly return on the interest earned for life. Best of all, you can name your state and/or local League, along with the LWVEF, to benefit from the residual funds when you're gone. For more information, please contact the Development office at 202-263-1355 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.

"Like" the League on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters and connect with us on Twitter: @LWV.
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