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January 5, 2012

TODAY: January 5, 1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross is inaugurated as the first woman governor in U.S. history (governor of Wyoming)

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Renewing the Clean Air Promise (NEW)

CONVENTION

  • Join Us for the LWVUS 50th National Convention! (NEW)
  • Program Planning Material Online

EDUCATION FUND (Redistricting; Elections; Privatization Study)

  • Redistricting: Leagues Highlighted for Reform Efforts (NEW)
  • Elections: Check Out Your State’s VOTE411 Page (NEW)
  • Elections: Huge Win for South Carolina Voters! (NEW)
  • Elections: “Electing the President” 2012 Supplement Now Available (NEW)
  • Privatization Study Update (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • Obama/Jackson Mercury Rule Is a Big Win for Public Health (NEW)
  • Suggestions for LWVUS Legislative Priorities: Due January 15

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Subscribe to Our Blog! (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Reminder #5: Update Your Membership Rosters in LWVUS Database (NEW)
  • Submit Your League Picture to the LWVUS Membership Brochure Contest!

OTHER

  • Purchase Impact on Issues
  • Leaving a Legacy

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Happy New Year! I hope you are energized and ready to tackle the work ahead of us in 2012. Of course, the presidential elections and all our voter service work are uppermost in our minds right now, but let’s not neglect our Clean Air Promise campaign.

Last year, Congress’s principal environmental target was the EPA. Applying the empty term “job-killing” to every effort to protect our air and water, members of the House proposed countless bills and amendments to abolish or eviscerate an agency with a sound track record of improving the quality of our air and water and, thereby, the quality of our public health. We expect similar attacks to continue as an issue in the 2012 campaign.

The League has responded to slogans with facts, solid poll numbers and grassroots advocacy, including the Clean Air Promise campaign. The focus has been on the states of Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but nationwide, we are still encouraging our members and supporters, and their friends and families, to go to our website and make the promise. While we depend on our elected officials at the federal level to protect the public health by ensuring that we have clean air, the Promise is most effective when used as a means to demonstrate public support for the Clean Air Act. This legislation has been and will continue to be successful in its public health benefits if the EPA is allowed to do its job. 

So as we start off the New Year, let’s all resolve to take this opportunity to make the Promise and send a message to our representatives in Washington: Don’t mess with the Clean Air Act; don’t mess with the EPA!

In League,

Elisabeth

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CONVENTION

Join Us for the LWVUS 50th National Convention! (NEW)
Registration is now open for the LWVUS 50th National Convention on June 8-12, 2012, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. The Convention registration fee is $320, which includes all materials, plenary sessions, workshops, caucuses and the Convention banquet. Learn more here. Register online here. Have questions? Contact Natalie Testa, NTesta@lwv.org.

Program Planning Material Online
Every two years state and local Leagues and ILO’s participate in the LWVUS Program Planning process by making recommendations concerning program issues. This is one of the ways we remain a grassroots organization. The Program Planning process is an important League tool for identifying issues for study, review and update or concurrence. Here is the guide to assist you in your January/February meetings on Program Planning. The deadline for submitting online program planning response forms is March 1, 2012.   

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EDUCATION FUND (Redistricting; Elections; Privatization Study)

Redistricting: Leagues Highlighted for Reform Efforts (NEW)
The Iowa state League received praise from the New York Times this week for its past success in reforming redistricting in this key election-year state. In late December, the Pennsylvania League was cited in news articles protesting the state’s last-minute passage of an “incumbency protection” congressional redistricting plan.  “Self-interested politicians cannot be trusted to make the system work,” the League said in a statement.  “It is time to amend the PA Constitution to turn redistricting over to an independent, non-partisan body that will put the interests of the voters first.” The LWVUS looks forward to supporting Leagues’ ongoing reform efforts in 2012.   

Elections: Check Out Your State’s VOTE411 Page (NEW)
VOTE411.org is an invaluable national resource for election information, with state-by-state resources that have enfranchised millions of voters. The LWVUS elections team works hard to keep the site updated to reflect the most current election dates and laws nationwide. But, we need your help as the experts on your state’s elections! Please review your state’s VOTE411 page and send any necessary updates to Pam Sterner (psterner@lwv.org) so we can all best serve voters across the country. To view your state’s page, go to VOTE411.org and click on the drop down box provided on the “Voting in Your State” button. Thank you for doing this and Happy 2012!

Elections: Huge Win for South Carolina Voters! (NEW)
Just before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Justice denied South Carolina’s controversial voter ID law, which was to become effective on January 1, 2012. LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara lauded the DOJ decision. Congratulations to the LWVSC for its unremitting efforts to defeat this law, both in the legislature and in urging the DOJ to deny pre-clearance!

Elections: “Electing the President” 2012 Supplement Now Available (NEW)
The LWVEF has once again teamed up with the Newspaper in Education Institute (NIE) to produce “Electing the President,” a comprehensive supplement designed to help voters, especially young and first-time voters, understand the presidential election process. Leagues are encouraged to reach out to participating local newspapers and request that they run the insert and/or make copies available to local schools. In order to cover costs associated with printing the insert, the local newspaper may want you to collaborate with them in fundraising from local businesses or foundations. You may also download the PDF file here and print copies for use at voter service events.

Privatization Study Update (NEW)
More materials have been added to the Privatization Study webpage, including new research papers, the Leaders’ Guide and the Consensus questions. Find the materials here. Remember that the deadline for returning your consensus forms is May 1, 2012.

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ADVOCACY

Obama/Jackson Mercury Rule Is a Big Win for Public Health (NEW)
On December 21, the Environmental Protection Agency released an historic rule regarding the emission of Mercury and Air Toxic Standards at power plants. The League applauded the efforts of the Obama Administration with a statement from Elisabeth McNamara and a joint statement with leading public health and environment groups.

Suggestions for LWVUS Legislative Priorities: Due January 15
The LWVUS Board of Directors will be setting Legislative Priorities for the upcoming year at the end of this month. Setting these priorities for LWVUS action at the national level is an annual responsibility of the Board. Once again, the Board is soliciting suggestions for LWVUS advocacy priorities from members. If you are interested in making suggestions to the Board, please consider the goals and criteria listed below. While the LWVUS has numerous positions under which we might take action, the Board must prioritize and consider those issues where we might be able to make a difference.
According to the LWVUS Impact on Issues, the goals for setting priorities to guide the LWV advocacy work are to: (1) Enhance the League’s effectiveness by concentrating resources on priority issues; (2) Build the League’s credibility and visibility by projecting a focused and consistent image; (3) Ensure that the League has sufficient issue and political expertise to act knowledgeably; and (4) Enable the League to manage resources effectively. In setting legislative priorities, the Board considers the following: (1) Opportunities for the League to make an impact; (2) Program decisions made at Convention and/or Council; (3) Member interest; and (4) Resources available to manage effectively.
If you would like to make suggestions for LWVUS advocacy priorities, please email Advocacy Committee Chair Judy Duffy: jduffylwv@aol.com. Please indicate whether the suggestions are from an individual member, a committee, board or membership meeting. Suggestions must be received by January 15.

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COMMUNICATIONS

Subscribe to Our Blog! (NEW)
We have a new website! Have you subscribed to our blog? If you’re already a subscriber, make sure your subscription is up-to-date.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

Reminder #5: Update Your Membership Rosters in LWVUS Database (NEW)
There is less than a month left until the membership rosters are frozen! Changes you make in the LWVUS membership database will be reflected in your current League’s member count. Update your roster in the LWVUS membership database regularly from now until January 31 to ensure correct PMP billing and Convention delegate representation in 2012. Remember: Always include membership expiration dates. Have questions or need help? Email membership@lwv.org.

Submit Your League Picture to the LWVUS Membership Brochure Contest!
The LWVUS is redesigning the Membership Brochure for 2012 and YOUR League could be featured in it! Submit a picture online of your League in action and enter to win a spot on the LWVUS Membership Brochure. Pictures must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi and 4”x6” in size) and submitted online by Friday, January 13, 2012. The winning League will also receive 100 Membership Brochures courtesy of the LWVUS. Have questions? Contact Sara Sanders at SSanders@lwv.org.

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OTHER

Purchase Impact on Issues
Impact on Issues, the League’s public policy handbook, contains a wealth of information, including official statements of position for each program area, a brief history of League actions and achievements, and updates from the 2010 LWVUS Convention. Order your copy here for $9.00.

Leaving a Legacy
Including the League of Women Voters Education Fund in your will is among the easiest ways to offer support of the LWVEF's work for years to come. We suggest the following language to include the League as a beneficiary of a will or trust: " I give, devise, and bequeath to the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a charitable organization formed in the District of Columbia, with offices at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, {the sum of $___ } {___ percentage of my residuary estate}." If you already have a will, you can have your attorney add a codicil to include the LWVEF. After you've added the League, please contact the Development office by email so we can list you as a member of our Carrie Chapman Catt Legacy Society.

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