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April, 2012, LWVMZC Newsletter Articles

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Our League News

Co−President’s Message

The past two months have been busy for the League. April promises to be an important month for us as well. We have hosted the Legislative Lowdown with more than 50 people in attendance and we had our league breakfast at which Carol Tullis...

Calendar, April, 2012

The next few months of our planned activities

Report on March Board meeting

The Board of the League of Women Voters of Montezuma County met at 9:30 am on March 12, 2012, at the Colorado Visitor’s Center...

Orton Family Foundation Partnership Meeting

The Community Advisory Team (CAT) met Monday evening, March 26, at the City Service Center. The newly employed project coordinator, Nina Williams, introduced herself to the group.

Make a Difference this Election Season! Volunteer with the League!

From today until late October will undoubtedly be an exciting time for all elections including those at our local level. There will be many activities that our league members can perform for our communities...

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Our Board

Our Board for 2012 with contact information.

State and National

League Will be U.S. NGO Partner in G−8 Initiative

This is another testament to League history and hard work. The League of Women Voters has been chosen by the State Department as the only nongovernmental organization to partner on a project that will organize 10 meetings in eight different countries in the Middle East and North Africa over the next 10 months, culminating in...

Bills, Bills and Bills

Our state Legislature is very active these days, with many bills pending that LWVCO is actively supporting or opposing. Many of the bills this year pertain to issues, such as direct file status for...

LWVCO Fracking Study Update

As you know a LWVCO fracking study group has formed at the state level to identify questions and issues to incorporate into background papers and consensus question in the fracking study. The purpose of the study is to investigate the impact on Colorado and its citizens of the practice of hydro fracking for natural gas, oil, and methane and to discuss what public policies...

What is LWVUS Doing of Value to Us?

“At the Federal level, this election season has seen a new low in messaging and a new high in spending by so−called independent groups. Following Citizens United, one of the remaining avenues of reform is...

League Position on the Federal Role in Public Education

The LWVUS now has a position on the Federal Role in Public education! The LWVUS Board approved a new Education position at its March 2012 meeting. The position is based on responses received from the 377 Leagues across the country that participated in the Education Study. The position states that “the League of Women Voters believes that the federal government shares with other levels of government the responsibility to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre−K through grade 12. A quality public education is essential for a strong, viable and sustainable democratic society and is a civil right.”

“Before” Polluters − LWVUS Response to proposed EPA standards for New Plants

Washington, DC (March 27, 2012) − League LWVUS President, Elisabeth MacNamara issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s new rules, released earlier today, regulating carbon emissions for future power plants.

Protecting Voters: On the front lines in Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas & Wisconsin

The following is from Elisabeth MacNamara, President, LWVUS and email newsletter to members:

The League is now actively engaged in lawsuits to halt voter suppression laws in four states:...

League of Women Voters of Colorado to review SB 155: Transparency and Privacy of Votes Cast

The following is by Christine Watson, Staff Lobbyist, League of Women Voters of Colorado

Restore Transparency to U.S. Elections by Requiring Complete Disclosure of Spending on Big-money Advertising in Candidate Elections

LWVUS President Elisabeth McNamara made the flowing statement to Congress March 29...

Other News

Does State of Working Colorado 2012 show the Need for Renewed Public Investment?

Colorado’s public safety net largely did its job to protect workers during the recent Great Recession and its aftermath, according to a wide range of economic indicators analyzed in a new report from the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute.

Florida’s New Election Law Blunts Voter Drives

Florida, which is expected to be a vital swing state once again in this year’s presidential election, is enrolling fewer new voters than it did four years ago as prominent civic organizations have suspended registration drives because of what they describe as onerous restrictions imposed last year by Republican state officials.

New Rules for New Power Plants

Power plants account for about 40 percent of America’s global warming emissions — with the bulk of that coming from coal-fired plants. On Tuesday, the Obama administration took another important step for public health and the environment, proposing...

Effects of Environmental Toxicants Reach Down Through Generations

Who would have thought ! Not I! This article from Science Daily is thoughtful regarding the effects of toxins on future generations. Jodi

Colorado is Experiencing an Unprecedented Boom in Oil and Gas drilling

Today Colorado is experiencing an unprecedented boom in oil and gas drilling. The Fracking Safety Act (SB 12−107) protects property rights, health, and safety by addressing water quantity, contamination, and various other vital issues. It is critical that any fracking activity be done in a responsible manner that avoids harm to property values, protects Colorado’s water supply, and protects the public health and environment. Drilling activity near radioactive materials, Superfund sites, explosives, endangered habitat, or in residential areas poses serious risks if not handled properly.

— Jodi Foran
Elections Info graphic Shows Impact of Voter Suppression Laws

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark published an infographic, illustrating the impact of U.S. voting restriction laws, on his craigconnects website. The infographic explores the extensive state actions to limit opportunities for Americans to vote. It provides an overview of the flood of voter suppression laws that the League has been fighting and the negative impact that those laws could have on millions of citizens.

— Elisabeth MacNamara − LWV Leaders Update email

The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind the Gas Boom

This is an interesting article in Rolling Stone Magazine regarding fracking. The sub−title is “It’s not only toxic− it’s driven by a right−wing billionaire who profits more from flipping land than drilling for gas”

Editorial New Rules for New Power Plants Published: March 28, 2012

This article recently appeared in the New York Times and is pertinent to the power plants that impact our pollution levels.

— Jodi Foran