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The League Update

May 8, 2014

Dear Friend,

For the past week, I have been on the road visiting with many of you in the northeastern states. It has been a wonderful experience and one with an overwhelming theme: climate change is here. Last weekend, I participated in a training retreat with League members from the six New England states. We shared and learned many great insights on regional cooperation around energy issues because of the impact of climate change on our communities and our everyday lives. On Tuesday, the Obama Administration released a new report detailing the deleterious effects already upon us as a result of climate change. Climate change was also the topic of a half-day event that the League sponsored with our partners The New Republic and The New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library at Saint Anselm's College entitled, The Frontier of Climate Change: State and Local Action in New England. I was honored to participate alongside those fighting on the front lines to protect our planet.

While the news may appear bleak on climate change, there is something you can do to help. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed regulation to cut carbon pollution is the single greatest action we can take to fight climate change now. The deadline for commenting in support of this regulation is tomorrow, Friday, May 9th. Join the over 42,000 League members and supporters that have already added their voices to this historic effort by sending your own comment to the EPA.

Finally, I would like to wish all the moms that are a part of the League of Women Voters a very happy Mother's Day.

In League,

Description: Elisabeth

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In This Issue:

CONVENTION 2014

  • Deadlines for Convention REGISTRATION and Omni RESERVATIONS are fast approaching (NEW)
  • Webinar Opportunity NEXT WEEK: Learn more about National Convention (Reminder)

ADVOCACY

  • Friday May 9th is the Last Day for Comments to the EPA! (FINAL Reminder)
  • Fight to Restore the Voting Rights Act Continues (NEW)
  • League Urges Democratic Governors to Withdraw Challenge to Connecticut's Campaign Finance Law (NEW)
  • U.S. House Passes H.R. 863 (NEW)
  • Template Letter to the Editor Available Regarding McCutcheon v. FEC (FINAL Reminder)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Voting Rights Winning Streak Continues with a Court Victory in Pennsylvania: (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • New Webinar Available: The GROW ME Coaching Model (NEW)
  • You Be the Judge: Power: Our Voices, Our Votes Awards (NEW)

Convention 2014

Deadlines for Convention REGISTRATION and Omni RESERVATIONS are fast approaching (NEW)
Please register by May 23 to avoid late fees. After that date there will be an additional $50 added to the $335 registration fee. The final online registration deadline is May 31. After that date, delegates may register in-person at the Convention site. Now also is the time to book your hotel room. In order to guarantee that you receive the LWV $169 room rate at the Omni, your reservation must be made by May 19. Reservations made after that date will increase substantially. Reserve your room online or call 214-744-6664.

Webinar Opportunity NEXT WEEK: Learn more about National Convention (Reminder)
Register for our Convention webinar on Wednesday, May 14 at 3:00 pm EDT. Entitled Get the most out of Convention: Power the League at all Levels, this session will help you learn more about the business of the convention, opportunities for networking and fun, and speakers and programs planned. Seats are almost full for this webinar, but we still have a few left for those who wish to sign up.

Don't forget, visit our Convention 2014 page to see what is planned and visit the Convention Forum at forum.lwv.org for the latest discussion!

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Glad You Asked!

If you have a question for this area, please submit it to kmcfarland@lwv.org.

I have heard that there will be specific training tracks or programs for attendees depending on their interests and/or roles in LWV. How do I register for these?

Yes, based on feedback from past Conventions, we will be offering tailored training sessions for League capacity builders (such as our state coaches), state League leaders, new local League leaders (5 years or less in leadership), and veteran local League leaders (6 years plus in leadership).

All will have membership/leadership, development, visibility, and programmatic components. A survey will go out to all Convention registrants in mid-May, in which they can select which track best fits their role and needs.

Advocacy

Friday May 9th is the Last Day for Comments to the EPA! (FINAL Reminder)
Over 35,000 League members and supporters have sent a comment to the EPA regarding the regulation of carbon pollution from new power plants. The deadline for submitting comments is Friday, May 9th. Don’t delay, add your voice in favor of this historic regulation!

Fight to Restore the Voting Rights Act Continues (NEW)
Now is the time to urge your House member to support the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014! The legislation is currently being held up in the legislative process by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R, VA-7). The League of Women Voters of Virginia has been hard at work urging Chairman Goodlatte to move the bill forward with letters to the editor in the Lynchburg and Roanoke papers. Stand in solidarity with LWVVA and urge your members of Congress to support the VRAA today!

League Urges Democratic Governors to Withdraw Challenge to Connecticut's Campaign Finance Law (NEW)
The League joined reform groups in urging the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) to drop its legal challenge to a Connecticut law restricting political campaign spending. The letter, sent to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, head of the DGA, asserts that the lawsuit filed by the DGA put the governors in league with efforts “by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court to eviscerate campaign finance laws.”

U.S. House Passes H.R. 863 (NEW)
Yesterday by a vote of 383-33 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 863, legislation to create a commission to study the potential creation of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC. The League is a longtime supporter of the creation of a women's history museum in DC.

Template Letter to the Editor Available Regarding McCutcheon v. FEC (FINAL Reminder)
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The court ruled that aggregate campaign contribution limits are invalid and opened a loophole allowing political parties to be further corrupted by big-money contributions from special interests. Use this template Letter to the Editor to educate your community about the damaging impact this case will have on our political process.

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Education Fund - Elections

Voting Rights Winning Streak Continues with a Court Victory in Pennsylvania: (NEW)
A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge denied a motion to reconsider his ruling overturning the state's two-year-old voter identification law. Judge Bernard McGinley denied the Governor's request to reconsider his January ruling that overturned the state's voter ID law. The administration has 30 days to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. This decision is yet another recent win for voting rights in the states. In the past two weeks we have seen three other positive actions in Wisconsin, Arkansas and Minnesota

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Membership & leadership

New Webinar Available: The GROW ME Coaching Model (NEW)
This well-attended webinar reviewed the role of coaching in the League, offered specific techniques of the “Grow Me” coaching method, and discussed how the method could be applied to our work (especially the MLD Program). A recording of the webinar is available online as is the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

You Be the Judge: Power: Our Voices, Our Votes Awards (NEW)
The finalist for the 2014 Power: Our Voices, Our Votes Awards have been selected! Out of the numerous excellent submissions from Leagues nationwide, the selection committee has narrowed it down to four entries per category. Now we need your help: Read about each project here, and vote for your favorites! You can also share this with other League members and in your community via your League website, Facebook and Twitter to celebrate all of these great projects. Voting closes on May 19. The winners will be announced at LWVUS Convention 2014.

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