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*On Tuesday, February 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our third discussion will be "Decoding U.S. - China Trade." Moderator Kim Martin will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. Now would be a good time to mark your calendar.
Great Decisions is jointly sponsored by the Durango Public Library, AAUW, and The League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

*For more info, click Feb 26 GD session info



US/Colorado News

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LWVLPC News

* 2/1/19 LWVLPC: To celebrate 2019, we have a new "official" logo. Have a look... LWVLPC 2019 logo - RBG

*1/27/19 LWVLPC: The League of Women Voters of La Plata County held its Annual Planning Meeting on January 22.
Highlights of the meeting include:

  • an agreement to postpone 2019 League activities related to policy amendments and future studies and to devote our concentrated efforts toward the theme of "Making Democracy Work".
  • a welcome to Martha Mason, ED of the Southwest Center for Independence as the newest member of the LWV-LPC Board.
  • to welcome and listen to Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, as she outlined the 2019 legislative focus for her organization's environmental-based actions.

*Click 2019 Planning Meeting Notes to read the notes from our meeting.


LWVCO News

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*1/30/19 CO Secretary of State via LWVCO: Colorado Withdraws from Kansas Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Secretary of State Jena Griswold Cites Insufficient Data and Privacy Concerns

*1/28/19 LWVCO: Read Legislative Letter #3 2/12/19
Highlights:

  • WEAR WHITE TO CELEBRATE LWV's 99th ANNIVERSARY!
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT SB 042 National Popular Vote (Sen. Foote; Rep. Sirota; Rep. Arndt) (support)
  • NO ELECTION DAY HOLIDAY HB 1056 Election Day Holiday in Place of Columbus Day (Rep. Benavidez; Sen. Gonzales) (previously watch)
  • REDUCE STATE INCOME TAX RATE SB 55 Reduce State Income Tax Rate (Sen. Sonnenberg; Rep. Pelton) (oppose)
  • CRIMINAL HISTORIES ON APPLICATIONS HB 1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries (Reps. Melton & Herod; none) (support)
  • KEEP FUNDS IN GRANT PROGRAMS SB 064 Retain Criminal Justice Program Funding (Sen. Lee; Rep. Weissman) (support)
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING/TENANT PROTECTIONS NEW HB 1170 Residential Tenants Health and Safety Act (Reps. Jackson & Weissman; Sens. Williams & Bridges) (support)
  • PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP FOR VOTER REGISTRATION NEW HB 1156 Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote (Rep. Neville; None) (oppose)
  • CONTROLLING WILDFIRES NEW HB 1006 Wildfire Mitigation Wildland-urban Interface Areas (Reps. McLachlan & Carver; Sen. Fields) (watch)

*2/5/19 LWVCO: ACTION ALERT! SB19-042 National Popular Vote moves to the House!
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT
Sponsors: Sen. Foote; Reps. Sirota & Arndt

This bill enters Colorado into the National Popular Vote Agreement to elect the president by popular vote. States that enact the National Popular Vote Agreement will award all their electors to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in the fifty states and the District of Columbia.

SB19-042 - National Popular Vote has been confirmed by the Senate and now heads to the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on Tuesday, February 12th at 1:30pm in the Old State Library (Room 271).

Please contact your State Representative and voice why this issue is important to you. Urge her/him to vote YES on SB19-042.

Don't know your State Representative? Find her/him here. Members of the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee are here.

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT BACKGROUND

The League of Women Voters has long held the position that the direct popular-vote method for electing the president is essential to a representative government.
The National Popular Vote Compact, or National Popular Vote Agreement, is a method to achieve the direct election of the President of the United States without the passage of a Constitutional amendment.
Under the U.S. Constitution, states have exclusive power to allocate their electoral votes and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time.
Today, all states except for Maine (ME) and Nebraska (NE) award their electors by a winner-take-all system in which all of a given state's electors are awarded to the winner of that state's popular vote. With the National Popular Vote Compact, every vote for president will count equally.
This agreement will take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by enough states to have a majority of the electoral votes (270 are needed for a majority).
In this way, the person with the most votes is guaranteed to have the electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
To date, the National Popular Vote Agreement has been adopted by 11 states and the District of Columbia, amounting to 172 electoral votes of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the agreement. Colorado has 9 electoral votes to help this effort.

NOTE: INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE MEMBERS CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE LEAGUE, BUT YOU CAN REFER LEGISLATORS TO THE LWVCO POSITION ON A BILL FOUND IN THE LEGISLATIVE LETTER.

EMPOWERING VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

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LWVUS News

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*Click to read the Feb 14 League Update
Highlights include:

  • Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (NEW)
  • LWVUS Sets Legislative Priorities
  • February is Black History Month
  • African American Women Leaders in the Suffrage Movement
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Webinar Follow Up: Technology & Communications Webinar 2/12

*Click HERE to celebrate the League's 99th birthday

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Friend,

Ninety-nine years ago today, the League of Women Voters was founded with a mission to help 20 million American women carry out their new responsibilities as eligible voters. After all, the League was founded just months before the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Today we turn 99 years old, and the truth is: we are just getting started!

*Click January 31 Highlights
Highlights include

  • Vote 411
  • House Judiciary Committee Holds First Hearing on HR1
  • New LWVUS Taskforce: National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
  • LWVUS Sets Legislative Priorities

The LWVUS Board approved the following legislative priorities for 2019.

1. Campaign for Making Democracy Work® (MDW), with special emphasis on protecting voting rights.

2. Watchdog: Respond strategically on issues with LWV positions when needed, but focus on the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®.

Click HERE to read the January LWV Highlights.
Highlights include

  • HR1, the For the People Act
  • Major Elections Reform Victory in New York
  • Partisan Gerrymandering Cases Head to the Supreme Court LWV of NC v. Rucho is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in March

Great Decisions_2019

GD2019 *On Tuesday, February 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our third discussion will be "Decoding U.S. - China Trade." Moderator Kim Martin will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. Now would be a good time to mark your calendar.
Great Decisions is jointly sponsored by the Durango Public Library, AAUW, and The League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

*For more info, click Feb 26 GD session info

*Click HERE To view the remaining 2019 Great Decision Sessions

Join Us at LWVLPC

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La Plata County Leaguer,

*If you haven't renewed your local League membership, IT"S NEVER TOO LATE. Just send a check for your renewal dues ($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) payable to LWVLPC, and mail to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr. Durango, CO 81301. For this year, student memberships are free, so welcome any students you know to join us in League. If there are changes in your contact information notify Kathleen Adams, Interim Membership Chair, at the address below." Newsletter

*If you are becoming a new member of the LWVLPC, Please fill out a 2018-2019 LWVLPC Membership Form and include a copy to Buck Skillen at the address above. WELCOME and THANKS.

Only a very small amount of local dues remains with the local league - $6. If you can add an additional amount as a donation to LWVLPC, that would help significantly to continue our work. Please note that donations to the general fund are not tax-deductible; BUT donations to the Education Fund are deductible. Donations are greatly appreciated and we promise will be used wisely. Instructions are below and on the membership form and the web site.

Upcoming League events of interest, please join us for these:

  • * October 9 - State Legislative Candidate Forum - 5:30-Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum,Rm 120.
  • * October 16 - Statewide Ballot Issues Forum - 5:30p at the Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum - Room 120.
  • * December + our Holiday party
  • * January - program planning
  • * February + Legislative Lowdown
  • * March - continuing the popular Great Decisions programs

We need your support, so please

Mail your renewal check, payable to LWVLPC, (($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr., Durango, Co 81301.

Consider joining and/or helping with the leadership core. We have vacant board positions + Our monthly board meetings involve an equal amount of fun and work.

Consider including a tax deductible donation to the LWVLPC. Include a separate check payable to "LWVCO Education Fund " write "La Plata County" on the memo line. This donation will be used locally for voter education activities.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and especially offers to join the leadership core. We are looking forward to another year with you in the LWVLPC.

Kathleen Adams
LWVLPC Membership Chair kadams@mcw.edu

http://www.lwvlaplata.org

What's New: From the Webmaster

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Happy New Year to all Leaguers. Stay tuned for the League news (local/Colorado/US) in 2019. Let me know if you find something else that we can include