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January 19, 2012

TODAY: January 19, 1955 – President Dwight David Eisenhower approved the first filming of a news conference for television.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Sign the Petition! (NEW)

CONVENTION

  • Join the Convention/Program Planning Discussion List! (NEW)
  • Bylaws Amendments Due on March 1 (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: VOTE411’s Online Voters’ Guide Software Webinars – Sign Up Today
  • Elections: Voter Registration Tips and Best Practices Webinar (NEW)
  • Redistricting: League Supports Citizens’ Appeal of Pennsylvania Plan (NEW)
  • Elections: Dead People Voting and Talking (NEW)
  • Elections: Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy and Struggle for Voting Rights Honored (NEW)
  • “Patriocracy” Screened in New Hampshire and South Carolina (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • League Supports Keystone XL Pipeline Decision (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Reminder #7: Update the LWVUS Database with Correct Expiration Dates (NEW)
  • Important Information on Transferring Member Records in LWVUS Database (NEW)
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit Your League Picture to the LWVUS Membership Brochure Contest!

OTHER

  • Purchase Impact on Issues
  • Do You Need to Update Your Will?

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Let’s fight back against the big money pouring into political campaigns this year. Let’s put the SuperPacs out of business. How? Sign the petition on The White House website urging President Obama to appoint new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). NOTE: In order to successfully sign the petition, you will need to create an account on WhiteHouse.gov and respond to a confirmation email. If you need guidance on creating this account please use our helpful step-by-step guide to creating your account and signing the petition.

The FEC is supposed to be the government agency that enforces campaign finance laws, but it isn’t working and hasn’t for a long time. Of the six commissioners at the agency, three simply refuse to enforce the law, and five are serving despite the fact that their terms expired some time ago. It’s time to clean house and President Obama needs to do something about it.

We need at least 25,000 signatures of support by February 10, 2012 in order to get a response from The White House. Don’t just sign it yourself; post the petition on Facebook, Tweet about it and forward this message to all of your friends. Together, we can make sure that the votes of millions of Americans are more valuable to our elections than a big pile of money.

In League,

Elisabeth

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CONVENTION

Join the Convention/Program Planning Discussion List! (NEW)
Do you want to discuss program planning and the upcoming LWVUS 2012 Convention with other League leaders? Now you can! Join the newly-created Convention/Program Planning Discussion List.

Bylaws Amendments Due on March 1 (NEW)
Part of the important business that delegates gathered at national convention must consider is whether to amend the LWVUS Bylaws. Read the memo here that outlines the process by which proposed amendments may be submitted and how they will be distributed to League leaders in advance of the national Convention.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Redistricting)

Elections: VOTE411’s Online Voters’ Guide Software Webinars – Sign Up Today
Join the LWVEF for an interactive basic training webinar covering all you need to know to get started using VOTE411’s Online Voters’ Guide software. Because the system has been updated based on member feedback, these webinars will be useful to new and experienced users alike. Additional advanced training webinars will be available in the future. Sign up now for Saturday, January 21, 1pm (EST) or Monday, January 30, 12pm (EST). Each webinar will last one hour.

Elections: Voter Registration Tips and Best Practices Webinar (NEW)
LWVUS Board member Janis McMillen and elections team staff members recently hosted a webinar to provide voter registration planning tips and best practices. View the webinar online and start planning effective voter registration work for 2012! Need more help reaching potential new voters? Check out the voters’ service area of our website for additional registration resources.

Redistricting: League Supports Citizens’ Appeal of Pennsylvania Plan (NEW)
The Pennsylvania League last week spoke out in support of 13 Pennsylvania voters who have filed an appeal, calling upon the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reject the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s redistricting plan for the State House and Senate. The plaintiffs are appealing on the grounds that the plan unconstitutionally splits communities and places incumbent protection before voters’ needs. The voters offered up an alternative plan for consideration by the court. Read the related news statements here.

Elections: Dead People Voting and Talking (NEW)
News reports from South Carolina and New Hampshire this past week claimed that dead people are voting. This is a voter suppression tactic used in the past and the claims have repeatedly been debunked. You may find these two items interesting: ‘Dead’ Voter Talking: O’Keefe Voter Fraud Stunt Confused 23-Year-Old for Dead 84-Year-Old.  Learn more about the voter suppression tactic of claiming dead people vote in this Brennan Center investigation showing the claims to be false (see p. 14). 

Elections: Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy and Struggle for Voting Rights Honored (NEW)
The thousands who flocked to the South Carolina State House Monday to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy received a message that the fight for civil rights and voting equality is not relegated to history books. Read more here. The League published a blog post honoring Dr. King’s legacy.

“Patriocracy” Screened in New Hampshire and South Carolina (NEW)
A new documentary, “Patriocracy,” offers a non-partisan examination of the Washington dysfunction and hyper-partisanship undermining America's ability to tackle its most serious problems. Since the movie offers a compelling backdrop to the election year ahead, the LWVUS partnered with the New Hampshire and South Carolina Leagues to show the film prior to the primaries. President Elisabeth MacNamara led a panel discussion following each screening.
All Leagues are encouraged to sponsor their own public showings of this film, which will serve both educational and visibility objectives. Interested Leagues should contact Brian Malone, the producer and head of Malone Media Group, LLC, directly at brian@malonetv.com or 303-888-9649. A small charge is anticipated.
Brian Malone is a five-time Emmy® Award winner and has produced more than a dozen independent documentaries for broadcast and cable. His programs have aired nationally on PBS and cable networks, covering the gamut from Grammy-Award-Winning recording artists, to environmental issues, to Native American culture.

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ADVOCACY

League Supports Keystone XL Pipeline Decision (NEW)
LWVUS Lobby Corps members will be carrying this League message when they visit U.S. Senate offices to urge Senators to oppose efforts to overturn Administration initiatives that protect public health and the environment, such as the new mercury and air toxics rule and the recent decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline. Also read the League’s statement.

MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Reminder #7: Update the LWVUS Database with Correct Expiration Dates (NEW)
There is less than a month left to update your online roster!! Changes you make now in the LWVUS membership database will be reflected in your League’s SUMMARY SHEET. Update your roster in the LWVUS membership database regularly. Remember: Update members’ expiration year to 2012 or beyond. Have questions or need help? Email membership@lwv.org.

Important Information on Transferring Member Records in LWVUS Database (NEW)
Transfers of a member’s record will be processed after February 1, 2012. Until this date, the member record must remain on your League’s active roster to ensure correct PMP billing and Convention delegate representation in 2012. If you have any questions, contact membership@lwv.org.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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 27, 2012. The winning League will also receive 100 Membership Brochures courtesy of the LWVUS. Multiple entries per League are welcome. 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.

Do You Need to Update Your Will?
Have you moved? Had a child? Gotten married recently? Or maybe there's a new grandchild or stepchild in your life? Any one of these major life events is reason enough to update your will. It is always important to stay in touch with your attorney regarding any changes in estate and probate law. While you're updating your plans, don't forget to include a gift for your favorite charities, like the League of Women Voters Education Fund – to strengthen the pillars of our democracy for years to come. If you have already included a gift for the LWV in your will or trust, but have not previously informed us, or if you have been thinking about setting up a gift that provides income, such as a charitable gift annuity, please contact the Development office by email or at 202-263-1355.

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