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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

October 10, 2013

In This Issue:


  • League Weighs in on McCutcheon v. FEC Campaign Finance Case (NEW)
  • EPA Announces new Carbon Pollution Regulations: Template Available (Reminder)


  • Learn More about the National Coaching Program on October 17 (NEW)
    Meet a Shur Fellow: Deborah Macmillan (NEW)


  • Remind Your Community about this Fall’s Election and VOTE411.org (NEW)
  • Florida to Use Unreliable Data to Purge Voter Rolls (NEW)


  • October 11 is Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday (NEW)
  • LWVUS/EF 2013-14 Direct Marketing Schedule (Reminder)

TOGETHER We “Power: Our Voices, Our Votes”


Over the weekend LWVUS Board adopted the theme for the convention that brings us all together June 6-10, 2014 in Dallas Texas; Power: Our Voices, Our Votes. 

As they reflected on the powerful voice and impact the League has today, they also reflected on where the country will be in 2020 (our 100th birthday) and how we’re prepared as an organization to be most effective in that time. 

We look forward to continuing that conversation with many of you when we see you at the National Convention in June!


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Dear Friend,

The Federal government may be in partial shutdown, but the League of Women Voters is hard at work across the country. Twice a year, I have the privilege of convening conference calls with our state presidents. This week, I heard from the vast majority of those presidents. As always, we are visible and active in our communities and as always, there are common threads to the work we are doing. Leagues are educating their communities about the Affordable Care Act; working either to convince state governments to accept an expansion of Medicaid or to assist their state governments in rolling out that expansion. We are standing up for voting rights: opposing bad legislation or making sure that state laws don’t create any actual barriers for eligible voters. We are using every tool at our disposal, especially Vote411.org, to get nonpartisan information to voters who will decide thousands of local races and ballot issues this fall. We are meeting the Power the Vote in 2013 challenge, holding candidate debates and registering voters. We continue to push for reform of our redistricting processes and for sensible limits on and disclosure of money in our elections. In fact, the League in Iowa participated in a demonstration on Monday as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC.

While our Congressional leaders remain at an impasse, hurling heated rhetoric at one another, League members continue moving forward making democracy work from community to community and from state to state. My hat is off to all our volunteers for their tireless dedication to what is really important to America and Americans.

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League Leaders:
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League Weighs in on McCutcheon v. FEC Campaign Finance Case (NEW)
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). The case challenges aggregate contribution limits that are imposed on individual donors to candidates and political committees in order to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption. The League joined an amicus brief in this case and spoke out on this critical issue of money and influence in American politics in our press statement and blog.

EPA Announces new Carbon Pollution Regulations: Template Available (Reminder)
On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the updated regulations on carbon pollution for new power plants. Use this letter to the editor template to bring attention to this life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change. You can also read our statement praising the administration's steps to control carbon pollution. If your letter is published please email a link to Jessica Jones, jjones@lwv.org, so it can be included on the website.


Membership & leadership

Learn More about the National Coaching Program on October 17 (NEW)
LWVUS is once again recruiting a new class of Ruth S. Shur Fellows.  Fellows work as national coaches to strengthen local Leagues through membership growth and leadership development as Leagues work to improve our democracy.  Fellows will be trained and supported by LWVUS and must commit to a two-year term. Learn more about the responsibilities, benefits, and exciting opportunities that being a Ruth S. Shur Fellow here or register  for an informational webinar on October 17 at 1 pm ET (12 pm CT; 11 am MT; 10 am PT) where you will have the opportunity to speak with LWVUS staff as well as a number of current Ruth S. Shur Fellows about their experience with the program.  All applications are due by Monday, November 11.

Meet a Shur Fellow: Deborah Macmillan (NEW)
The Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program is successful because of the amazing network of coaches that are in place at the national and state levels.  National coaches (also known as Shur Fellows) assist state coaching teams as they work with local League leaders on organizational growth issues, such as membership recruitment and retention and leadership development.  We are putting the spotlight this week on one coach:  Deborah Macmillan.  From New Jersey, Deborah says that the best part of the coaching experience is “the intensity and diversity of the League members she works with in the MLD program.” Deborah is using her wealth of League experience to strengthen Leagues in Delaware and Nebraska. Visit our Shur Fellows page to learn more about Deborah, the other Fellows and the MLD program.


Education Fund


Remind Your Community about this Fall’s Election and VOTE411.org (NEW)
Use this media template to remind the voters in your community about the importance of local elections this fall and the invaluable information found on VOTE411.org. Adapt the template to help gain visibility for your League’s impact on the community every election.

Florida to Use Unreliable Data to Purge Voter Rolls (NEW)
Paving the way for a new attempt to remove “noncitizens” from voter rolls, Florida’s election chief tried to stoke confidence on Wednesday in the revamped plan before a largely skeptical crowd in immigrant-heavy South Florida. The LWV of Florida is one of those skeptics.



October 11 is Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday (NEW)
Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday this week by watching and sharing our powerful video that showcases how Eleanor’s membership changed the League and how the League changed her. In the 1920s, Eleanor Roosevelt served as vice president for legislative affairs at the League, monitoring federal legislation and hearings in Congress.

LWVUS/EF 2013-2014 Direct Marketing Schedule (Reminder)
When planning your own League's fundraising, please consult the LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule. The LWVUS Development Office is pleased to share with you the FY 2013-14 LWVUS/Education Fund Direct Marketing schedule for direct mail and telemarketing. Download the schedule (located under Leadership Development Tools in the Members section of www.lwv.org). Please share this schedule with your Development chairs to assist planning for your League's fundraising activities. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons, rsimmons@lwv.org.

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