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June 28, 2012

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PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: On Supreme Court Decisions (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act! (NEW)
  • A Disappointing Repeat of Citizens United (NEW)
  • DISCLOSE FAQs Available Online (NEW)
  • Thank YOU for Telling the EPA to Protect People, Not Polluters! (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: League Challenges Illegal Purge (NEW)
  • Elections: VOTE411 Trainings – Sign up Today to Reserve Your Spot! (New)
  • Elections: Voter Suppression Tactics Move to the Courts (NEW)
  • Elections: Voter Education Publications Available! (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • What’s MLD? Learn about Our Successful Program! (NEW)
  • Are You a Young League Member? Join Our Facebook Group! (NEW)
  • Update New League Officers in the LWVUS Database

POST-CONVENTION NEWS

  • Convention Delegates Approve Four LWVUS Bylaws Amendments (NEW)

OTHER

  • Leaving a Legacy

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

There has certainly been a lot of news coming out of the Supreme Court this week. The good news is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been upheld in its entirety! The bad news is that the Court re-affirmed its flawed ruling in Citizens United. As usual, we have our work cut out for us!

While the ACA has survived the Supreme Court, there are still political threats to this landmark legislation, and it is clear from recent reporting that the public still does not understand the provisions of the law. Many Leagues have been hard at work helping their communities understand the ACA and happily, that work can continue and, in fact, must expand.

In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, (reversing the Montana Supreme Court and re-affirming the view that against all history, evidence and rational experience, unlimited campaign spending by third parties has no corrupting influence on representative democracy) the commitment that delegates to Convention 2012 made to tackle campaign finance reform at all levels of the League as well as the work of our Campaign Finance Task Force could not be more important. Like the ACA, the impact of money in politics is poorly understood by average voters. Leagues across the country have a vital role to play in educating communities about the threat that unlimited spending poses.

We also expect a preliminary ruling from the Supreme Court in Gonzalez v. Arizona, regarding enjoining the state of Arizona from requiring proof of citizenship in voter registration. In addition, a federal judge in Florida has ruled that a temporary restraining order is not necessary to stop that state from purging its voter rolls within 90 days of its August primary because the Secretary of State of Florida has abandoned the effort in the face of grassroots opposition

In League together keeping our nation safe for democracy,

Elisabeth

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ADVOCACY

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act! (NEW)
The League issued a statement and posted a blog welcoming today’s landmark Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The statement notes that “Leagues throughout the country will continue to educate communities and Americans on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives. Health care for all must be the goal as we expand coverage to millions of Americans and preserve the ACA’s transformational reforms.”

A Disappointing Repeat of Citizens United (NEW)
The Court's decision earlier this week in a pivotal Montana campaign finance case, American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, has repeated the naive, uninformed errors of its Citizens United decision. The First Amendment is meant to protect essential freedoms, not as a weapon to destroy American democracy. We look forward to the day when the Supreme Court majority deals with facts rather than imposing their own ideological views. Read our full statement.

DISCLOSE FAQs Available Online (NEW)
Have questions about the provisions of the 2012 DISCLOSE ACT? Consult this document for answers.

Thank YOU for Telling the EPA to Protect People, Not Polluters! (NEW)
Last week, we surpassed 2 million comments supporting the EPA protections against carbon pollution and climate change. This unprecedented tally is the largest number of comments ever submitted to the EPA during a public comment period, and far exceeds the number of comments EPA has ever received on any prior issue. The EPA is now tasked with reviewing the millions of public comments submitted both in support and opposition of the proposed standard and will issue a final standard on carbon pollution in the coming months. We will let you know when the final rule is announced.

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: League Challenges Illegal Purge (NEW)
The Florida League, with the LWVUS and the Brennan Center, filed this amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice suit challenging the illegal and inaccurate voter purge initiated by the state of Florida. The National Voter Registration Act bars systematic voter purges within 90 days of an election. Also, the LWVFL and Brennan sent this letter to the Secretary of State outlining in greater depth the problems with Florida’s illegal systematic purge.

Elections: VOTE411 Trainings – Sign up Today to Reserve Your Spot! (New)
Are you looking for an in-depth training on how to use VOTE411 to provide online voters’ guides in your community? LWVEF is providing three webinars that will show you the basics and answer your questions about this voter education tool. These trainings are great for anyone interested in using VOTE411 and current VOTE411 participants! Register today for Monday, July 9th 12-1pm ET or Wednesday, July 11th 6-7pm ET or Saturday, July 14th 5-6pm ET to reserve your spot! If you have any questions about the webinar, or about VOTE411, please contact Megan Brown, mbrown@lwv.org.

Elections: Voter Suppression Tactics Move to the Courts (NEW)
Now that most of the state legislatures have adjourned for the year, it appears that a new legal tactic is being implemented by voter suppression groups. This week we saw two instances where suppression supporters have gone to court in an effort to erect new barriers to voting. In Minnesota, a group called the “Minnesota Voters Alliance” and others have gone to court to erect new barriers to same-day registration. In Florida, a national group called “True the Vote” has gone to court in support of purging voter rolls. Good news! Former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and former Republican Governor Arne Carlson have joined the fight to oppose Minnesota’s voter ID amendment.

Elections: Voter Education Publications Available! (NEW)
Stock up on your favorite voter education publications, like our “5 Things” card in English and Spanish and our VOTE! brochure in English and Spanish. All the publications are available in the League’s online store at very low cost and will help you reach out to new voters this fall. Make sure you have plenty of these handy resources on-hand at voter registration drives, candidate events and more!  

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

What’s MLD? Learn about Our Successful Program! (NEW)
Watch this video to learn more about the successful MLD program which is helping local Leagues in 41 states thrive, grow, and become effective. Support the MLD Program and receive a limited-edition “LWV Growing the League for My Community” pin (for all donations of $50 or more)!

Are You a Young League Member? Join Our Facebook Group! (NEW)
LWVUS now has a special Facebook group just for young League members (45 years old or younger). We want to lead the way for our local Leagues in reaching out to and engaging younger members in all of our great work. The best way to do that is to hear from young League members! As part of the group, you’ll be connected with other young League members from across the country and will help the national League develop a strategy and materials to bring in more young members, just like you!

Update New League Officers in the LWVUS Database
If your League has had a change in leadership, update new League officers’ information in the LWVUS database. If you have any questions or need help, please contact Betty Taira.

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POST-CONVENTION NEWS

Convention Delegates Approve LWVUS Bylaws Amendments (NEW)
Convention 2012 delegates approved each of the four proposed LWVUS bylaws amendments presented to them. Read this memo from the Bylaws Chair and view the Report of Convention Action to see the individual motions/amendments. The updated text of the full bylaws is on the LWVUS website.

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OTHER

Leaving a Legacy
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