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April 5, 2012

TODAY: April 5, 1792 – President George Washington exercises the first presidential veto of a Congressional bill to introduce a new plan for dividing seats in the House that would have increased the number of seats for northern states

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: In League! (NEW)

CONVENTION

  • Eleanor Clift to Speak at Convention! (NEW)
  • Get a Front-Row Seat to View Patriocracy! (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • White House Invites League to STOCK Act Signing (NEW)
  • Women, Money and Power Summit (NEW)
  • League Opposes Ryan Budget Plan (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Redistricting; Open Government)

  • Elections: LWVSC Granted Permission to Intervene in Photo ID Lawsuit in Federal Court (NEW)
  • Elections: Minnesota’s Voter ID Constitutional Amendment Likely on Nov. Ballot (NEW)
  • Redistricting: LWVEF Releases Redistricting Report
  • Open Government: 2012 Sunshine Week Event on “Secrecy, Disclosure, and the Risks for Security and Accountability” (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Share Your League Story with LWVUS Today and Receive 5 League Buttons! (NEW)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • League Website Templates Available Online

OTHER

  • PADFOLIOS – Excellent Gifts for Speakers
  • You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

Last week, I had the opportunity to talk by conference call with nearly two thirds of our state presidents or their representatives. For me, these calls always reinforce the fact that a league is an alliance of persons or states for a common purpose. Over the last two years, our League has been seeing too many common purposes, such as fighting voter suppression, attacks on environmental protections, underfunding of important social programs and attacks on women’s health. That these efforts are well-funded and organized is undeniable. But if there is a silver lining to this legislative cloud, it is that we are organized, too. Based on the visibility and media attention that we get for our efforts, our voice, whether raised against bad bills in the state houses or raised to educate and inform voters, is being heard. And, that voice represents many more voices than just those of our members.

We are in League to promote full participation in our democracy. There couldn’t be a better time to promote the value of belonging to League as well. When I joined the League at age 29, I had college loans, a new mortgage and a fulltime job. I couldn’t go to the legislature; I couldn’t go to Capitol Hill; I couldn’t even attend county commission meetings. But, as a member of the League of Women Voters, I was supporting those women who did those things and their voice became my voice. Seeing the League work in all 50 states and in so many communities reinforces the fact that being in League makes us all smarter and more powerful because together we are powering our voices to Power the Vote.

Keep up the good work and don’t forget to ask others to join us and to support us.

Always in League,

Elisabeth

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CONVENTION

Eleanor Clift to Speak at Convention! (NEW)
LWVUS is very pleased to announce that Eleanor Clift, a regular contributor on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group, will be a panelist on Monday, June 11, at this year’s National Convention! With so many forces that foster division in our democracy, such as the media, money and “winner-take-all politics,” this panel will focus on what the League, in partnership with others in our communities, can do to unite people and advance solutions.  Eleanor Clift is a political reporter and author, who is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. Come to National Convention to hear this session and many other exciting guest speakers!

Get a Front-Row Seat to View Patriocracy! (NEW)
We're going to the movies on Sunday, June 10, at 7:30 pm! We get to see Patriocracy. We all know that more money than ever is flowing this year to manipulate voters. This movie explores the extreme polarization that hogties meaningful solutions to serious issues. There’s an all-star cast, several of whom will be part of the panel exploring solutions at the Convention’s Monday morning plenary.

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ADVOCACY

White House Invites League to STOCK Act Signing (NEW)
On Wednesday morning, LWVUS Executive Director Nancy Tate stood with others around President Obama as he signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act into law. The signing ceremony, also attended by two Advocacy staff members, was live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov. See photos here and blog posts here and here. The STOCK Act makes it illegal for Members of Congress to invest or trade stocks based on nonpublic information they acquire on Capitol Hill. The League believes that this new law is a strong step in the right direction of strengthening ethics laws as they apply to Members of Congress and their staff.

League Opposes Ryan Budget Plan (NEW)
On March 27, the League of Women Voters joined with 49 other concerned organizations in a letter to the House of Representatives, urging them to reject the Ryan budget plan, which makes deep cuts in  Medicare, Medicaid, education and other vital programs that serve low-income families, children, individuals with disabilities, the jobless and the uninsured, while drastically lowering tax rates in a way that favors the wealthiest Americans. The Ryan budget plan passed the House by a vote of 228-191.

Women, Money and Power Summit (NEW)
Staff and League leaders attended the Women, Money, Power Forum and 25th Annual Luncheon on Thursday, March 29, to participate in discussions on a variety of subjects such as the attacks on women’s reproductive health at the state and federal level, mobilizing women to vote in 2012, and ballot initiatives and voter suppression efforts affecting the 2012 election. The luncheon honored Senators Barbara Mikulski and Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections; Redistricting; Open Government)

Elections: LWVSC Granted Permission to Intervene in Photo ID Lawsuit in Federal Court (NEW)
On Tuesday, April 4, a three-judge panel in Washington, DC, granted permission to LWVSC and other groups to intervene in the photo ID case challenging the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s denial of pre-clearance of the South Carolina’s photo ID law. We are still waiting on the same court to decide if LWVTX can intervene in a similar lawsuit moving forward relating to the Texas photo ID and proof of citizenship bill. Learn more here and here.

Elections: Minnesota’s Voter ID Constitutional Amendment Likely on Nov. Ballot (NEW)
The Minnesota legislature passed a voter ID constitutional amendment that will likely be brought before the voters in this November’s election. LWVMN was deeply involved in the fight to stop the ballot measure and is gearing up to help defeat it at the polls. Learn more here.

Redistricting: LWVEF Releases Redistricting Report
LWVEF is pleased to release Shining a Light: Redistricting Lessons Learned in 2011. This comprehensive white paper highlights the groundbreaking efforts of Leagues and other advocates to promote a more fair and transparent redistricting process, and sheds light on key reform opportunities for improving the process over the next decade. The report also includes helpful practices for local Leagues to consider as they work to influence redistricting at the local level. Thank you to state League leaders who provided input for this publication! We will be sharing it with a wide array of partners and interested organizations in the coming weeks and encourage you to do the same.

Open Government: 2012 Sunshine Week Event on “Secrecy, Disclosure, and the Risks for Security and Accountability” (NEW)
This year, the LWVEF co-sponsored the 7th annual Sunshine Week National Discussion, featuring Dana Priest, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Top Secret America. Watch a video of this thought-provoking panel discussion online at the OpentheGovernment website here or on YouTube here.

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MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP

Share Your League Story with LWVUS Today and Receive 5 League Buttons! (NEW)
The LWVUS wants to hear from you about the League’s impact in your community and on your life. Share how you’ve impacted your community by being a League member. Share your League story today and you will receive 5 League buttons, sent to the address on file in the LWVUS database!

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COMMUNICATIONS

League Website Templates Available Online
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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OTHER

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

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.

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