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March 22, 2012

TODAY: March 22, 1972 – Equal Rights Amendment passed by U.S. Senate and sent to the states for ratification

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Affordable Care Act – 2-Year Anniversary (NEW)
  • Women, Money and Power Summit (NEW)
  • League Website Templates Now Available (NEW)

CONVENTION

  • Attend the Special Friday Workshop: “Power Our Voice to Power the Vote” (NEW)
  • THANK YOU for Applying for a National Convention Award! (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Engage Your Members through League Communications (NEW)
  • Wares Market Available on Website (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: Voter Registration Planning Webinar on 4/27, 3pm EDT (NEW)
  • Elections:  Election PSA Scripts Available Online (NEW)
  • Elections: Photo ID Constitutional Amendment One Step Closer to Being on the November Ballot in MN (New)
  • Elections: New Webinars Available Online

ADVOCACY

  • League Supports DISCLOSE Act in the Senate (NEW)

OTHER

  • PADFOLIOS – Excellent Gifts for Speakers (NEW)
  • Do You Need to Update Your Will?

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so it seems appropriate that we step back and take stock of the law and its impact thus far. After all, the League played no small part in its historic passage!

  • Medicare participants have annual checkups and mammograms covered at no cost to them.   
  • Children are no longer denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
  • Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage.
  • Young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26.
  • The prescription drug coverage gap, the infamous Medicare “Donut Hole,” is gradually being phased out.

To date, for millions of Americans, this historic law has made a difference to their health and in their lives. Let’s celebrate and take note of the advances that have already taken place and those to come in the next few years.

There are challenges ahead and we must plan accordingly. On Monday, March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing three days of oral arguments on various legal challenges to the ACA. In addition, there are congressional attempts to destructively amend the ACA and others to defund the law.

For this day, let’s focus on the facts, and how the ACA has already helped the lives of so many Americans. You can learn more about ACA and what it has accomplished here and here.

In League,

Elisabeth

Women, Money and Power Summit (NEW)
LWVUS is co-sponsoring the Women, Money and Power Summit next Thursday, March 29, in Washington, DC. See the agenda for this all-day event here.

League Website Templates Now Available (NEW)
A professionally-designed website template kit based on the layout and branding of the updated www.lwv.org is now available to all state and local Leagues! The kit comes complete with five fully-coded HTML pages (Home, About, Events, Join and Contact Us) that are ready for your League's use with only small adjustments (like adding your League's name). The kit also includes all the files needed to run the site and a helpful "Readme" file to get you started with the templates. Visit the functioning sample site or download the Website Template Kit. Questions should be addressed to gknell@lwv.org.

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CONVENTION

Attend the Special Friday Workshop: “Power Our Voice to Power the Vote” (NEW)
Now that March Madness is almost over, you are probably making your plans to attend our Convention from June 8-11 in Washington, DC. Be sure to come in time for our special Friday workshop, Power Our Voice to Power the Vote, that will set the context for our League efforts in the coming year and beyond.

THANK YOU for Applying for a National Convention Award! (NEW)
Thank you to all of the local and state Leagues that applied to win a National Convention Award this year! We are always thrilled to see the innovative and exciting ways Leagues impact and serve their communities. Check out the LWVUS homepage in the upcoming weeks to read about our applicants and to find out how you can vote for the winner! 

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MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Engage Your Members through League Communications (NEW)
With the elections in full swing, this is a great time to engage your current League members in volunteering to register individuals to vote, put on candidate forums, and create voters’ guides. Invite current members to participate in easy, one-day/one-time activities through your League communications, such as your Voter, your website, your Facebook page and email. Engaged members who are making an impact in their community through the League are more likely to rejoin year after year.

Wares Market Available on Website (NEW)
Show your League pride while supporting other local and state Leagues! Purchase your League logo items through the online wares market. Additional items will be added as more local Leagues share their store information. Is your local League selling items? Contact Membership@lwv.org to have your League items included in the online wares market.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: Voter Registration Planning Webinar on 4/27, 3pm EDT (NEW)
Join LWVEF for an interactive training webinar covering all you need to know to conduct effective voter registration in 2012! Hear tips from our in-house registration experts and share your own experiences with your colleagues across the country. Sign up here for the free training webinar. The webinar will start promptly at 3pm EDT on Friday, 4/27, and will last about one hour.

Elections: Election PSA Scripts Available Online (NEW)
Visit this webpage to view new sample public service announcement scripts for use on TV or radio during Election 2012. Available in a variety of lengths, these messages (including some in Spanish) will provide a helpful start for any PSAs your League or your media partners want to record and put on the air. Make sure your community is registered, prepared and excited about participating in this election!

Elections: Photo ID Constitutional Amendment One Step Closer to Being on the November Ballot in MN (New)
Despite a hard fought battle by LWVMN and their coalition allies, the Minnesota House passed a bill that seeks to change the state Constitution so it would allow voter photo ID at the polls. The bill now heads to the state Senate. If the Senate passes the bill, it will appear on this November’s ballot. Learn more about the bill here.

Elections: New Webinars Available Online
Updated webinars for VOTE411’s Voters’ Guide software are now available online. This system allows state and local Leagues to gather and publish candidate information with ease, consistency and visibility. These webinars provide helpful information and training for Leagues currently using the software and for Leagues interested in learning more about this effective tool. The webinars currently available are: Basic Training, Spreadsheet Upload and GIS Data. All three can be found at the bottom of this page. For more information about these webinars or if you have any questions about VOTE411 and how you can get involved, contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org).

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ADVOCACY

League Supports DISCLOSE Act in the Senate (NEW)
The League signed onto a coalition letter in support of the DISCLOSE Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on March 21. It works to close loopholes created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision as does a similar House bill introduced earlier by Rep. Chris Van Hollen. The legislation focuses solely on disclosure provisions and does not contain special exceptions for any group. It also fixes the problem of untimely disclosure of donors to Super PACs that have surfaced during the 2012 presidential primaries.

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OTHER

PADFOLIOS – Excellent Gifts for Speakers (NEW)
Find them here at the online store for just $6.00 during the month of April.

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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