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In This Issue:

December 16, 2010

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Taking Pride in our Accomplishments! (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • IMPORTANT!  Update Member Expiration Dates on Your Roster – Reminder #4 (NEW)
  • Send a Little Holiday Thanks to Your Members and Donors this Year (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • New START Treaty (NEW)
  • DISCLOSE Act (NEW)
  • Next Rounds on Health Care Reform (NEW)
  • 2011 LWVUS Advocacy Priorities: Time to Submit Your Suggestions

EDUCATION FUND (Fair Judiciary)

  • Fair Judiciary: Kansas Victories for Transparency in Judicial Selection and Gender Diversity in the Courts (NEW)

OTHER

  • League Store 50%-Off Holiday Sale!
  • Help Plan for the Next 90 Years of the League!

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
***SPECIAL NOTE***  Best wishes for a joyous holiday season! The Leaders' Update is taking a holiday break for the next two weeks. We will be back on January 6!

Dear League Leaders:

At this time of year, we usually look back at our past accomplishments. League members have a great deal to look back on with pride, not only for the 90 years we have been celebrating, but for this election season’s hard work and accomplishments. True to those 90 years, the League stood up for voters as well as for openness and transparency in our election process. We spoke up against secret money in elections and exposed efforts to discourage certain groups of voters from going to the polls. We reached out to young voters through our high school registration project. We created opportunities for voters to get nonpartisan voter information through candidate forums and voter guides. We provided voters the information that they needed to register, to get informed and to vote through Vote 411.org and other efforts.

Across the country, Leagues took on issues of importance to their communities in this election. Whether we actively campaigned for or against ballot issues, or educated the public on the true ramifications of those issues, we demonstrated the importance of this organization and what it stands for. We were so vital and so visible, that we even scared some folks. The stories that we are hearing from Leagues about this election season, positive and not so positive, reinforce the need for Leagues to keep up the good work.

Thank you all for everything you do every day; it could not be more important. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and the very best in the New Year!

In League,

Elisabeth

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

IMPORTANT!  Update Member Expiration Dates on Your Roster – Reminder #4 (NEW)
When you are updating the online database in preparation for the January 31, 2011, member count “freeze,” it’s IMPORTANT that you update the expiration date  for each active local member on your roster (the L1, L2, L3s and R1s) in addition to updating the "active" and "inactive" ("I" or "A") field. If you have questions, want to schedule a training session or need help in accessing the database, email Betty Taira at membership@lwv.org. Betty will be in the office on Dec. 27-29 to answer inquiries!

Send a Little Holiday Thanks to Your Members and Donors this Year (NEW)
The holiday season is perfect for doing something nice for all your local League supporters. Send a short letter of acknowledgement to your leaders and donors, thanking them for their support and letting them know how special they are to your League.  Remember to mention all the great things your League accomplished because of their funding and/or volunteer hours.

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ADVOCACY

New START Treaty (NEW)
League President Elisabeth MacNamara joined with the heads of other concerned organizations in a letter urging Senate leadership to bring the New START Treaty to the Senate floor this year

DISCLOSE Act (NEW)
The October 28 Leaders’ Update gave you access to League letters to the editor published in newspapers nationwide. The letters, submitted by state and local Leagues, call for an end to secret money in American elections and for passage of the DISCLOSE Act. Here is an updated list of letters.

Next Rounds on Health Care Reform (NEW)
This week, one of the many legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act was successful, with a federal district court judge in Virginia ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. But, importantly, he didn’t block implementation of the other provisions of the Act, and other attempts to block the law have failed thus far. Read Elisabeth’s most recent blog posting.

2011 LWVUS Advocacy Priorities: Time to Submit Your Suggestions
The LWVUS Board will be determining Advocacy Priorities for 2011 at the Board Meeting in late January. Once again, we are soliciting suggestions for advocacy priorities from members. If you are interested in submitting a suggestion, please read this memo.  Please indicate whether your suggestion is submitted as an individual or the result of a committee or League meeting. All suggested advocacy priority topics will be compiled into a report to the Board for consideration.

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EDUCATION FUND (Fair Judiciary)

Fair Judiciary: Kansas Victories for Transparency in Judicial Selection and Gender Diversity in the Courts (NEW)
For over a year, the LWV of Kansas education campaign, “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary,” has called for increased transparency in the selection of the state’s judges as well as increased gender diversity in the state’s judiciary. We are excited to announce that the Kansas judicial merit selection commission for the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals is opening to the public its candidate interviews, previously private, closed-door affairs! The first public interviews for the appellate vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Nancy Caplinger to the Supreme Court are expected to occur in late February. Also, we are pleased to announce that Governor Mark Parkinson has appointed attorney Barbara Kay Huff to replace a retiring state district court judge in Douglas County in January, thereby maintaining gender diversity.

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OTHER

League Store 50%-Off Holiday Sale!
Fleece Set available just in time for the cold weather! Stay warm and cozy with style in your own matching ivory colored fleece hat, gloves and headband with the LWV logo. At only $5.50 for a limited time, this bargain cold weather set makes a perfect gift for your family and friends this holiday season. Place your order now before we run out! Everything, including 50th anniversary items, is 50%-off through December 24.  Order today for prompt delivery!

Help Plan for the Next 90 Years of the League!
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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