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ELECTORAL COLLEGE

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

By Nancy Cohen, Voting Rights Coalition

The Electoral College makes a mockery of our one-person one-vote principles:

  • The candidate who won the most votes did not win the election in two of the last five presidential elections.
  • our vote in Florida is worth less than 1/3 a vote in the least populous states—this is small state bias.
  • Battleground states get all the action: Presidential campaigns concentrate on battleground states; battleground states receive disproportionate funding, more federal grants, more favors, and more attention.
  • State winner-take-all laws adversely affect governance: under winner-take-all rules, a slim majority of voters can control 100% of a state’s electors, leaving everyone else effectively without representation, leading to decreased voter turnout, under-voting, no-choice elections, and disenfranchisement of voters.

In 2006 Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in The

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PBC Administrator- letter to the League, Penny Sales Tax

Letter reads:

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November 28, 2016

Ms. Karen Wilkerson
President
League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County

Dear Ms. Wilkerson,
Thank you partner! Your endorsement of the Palm Beach County One Penny Sales surtax was a successful campaign. The time invested by your organization to understand why the One Penny was needed and how it was going to be spent proved to be an effective partnership. As a trusted voice in our county, your advocacy for the One Penny demonstrated a historic collaboration for Palm Beach County.

Now the real work begins. The voters of Palm Beach County have placed their trust and confidence in our One Penny plan as reflected in the approval of the sales tax. I look forward to collaborating with

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POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE

POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE

POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE
By Nancy Gau, Chair of Healthcare Committee

Bipartisan Victory
In case you missed it in the news this past fall, both the U.S. Senate and House overwhelmingly passed the 21 Century Cures Act (H.R.6). It was signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016.
This $6.3 billion measure is the product of years of healthcare policy debate and is a huge bipartisan victory for medical research.
More Funding for Cancer Research
Among many other things, this legislation will boost federal research efforts to combat cancer, including $1.8 billion in funding for Vice President Joe Biden’s “cancer moonshot” initiative. Biden, who lost his son to brain cancer in 2015, has spent the past year traveling to leading cancer centers in support of this bill,

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JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The January General Meeting focused on how the League selects issues to study.

Corinne Miller at the January Meeting

Corinne Miller explains the process used to decide which issues are supported by the League.

Corinne Miller explained the League’s unique consensus-reaching process to the over 70 members in attendance.

This meeting at the Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth was the first time many of our new members had access to Corinne’s wisdom and experience.

The wealth of our on-going study and stance on critical issues is available in copies of two League books: Study and Action and Impact on Issues. Corinne briefly reviewed these books that contain all the positions of the League, as well as our basic principles.
Please contact President Karen Wilkerson to purchase a copy of either or

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WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

WELCOME TO THESE NEW MEMBERS

Their contact info can be found online in the Member Directory at lwvpbc.org.
If you need the member password, contact Membership Chair, Darlene Kostrub: 561-852-0496 dkostrub@aol.com

Kevin Beuttenmuller
Theresa Cavanaugh
Cheryl Duckworth
Lauren Eskra
Laura Gagnon
Kathryn Gettinger
Lorraine Giddens-Smith
Joseph Goldberg
Paulette Hutnick
Susan B. Ivers
Linda Koch-Hunt
Betty Langsam
Rob Long
Suzanne Makoben
Amanda Mikell
Melody Moore
Carol Nikov
Jane Nugent
Helen Ostrowski
Terry Resk
Jane Robinson
Cynthia Rubin
Teresa Thornton
Ina Trueheart
Shalonda Warren
William Weg
Tenna Wiles
Emily White
Gary Williams
Evelyn Ziegler
Royal Palm Beach
Lake Worth
West Palm Beach
Tequesta
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens
Greenacres
Lake Worth
Jupiter
Boca Raton
Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens
Delray Beach
Boca Raton
Palm Beach Gardens
Boynton Beach
Jupiter
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READING FOR POLITICAL JUNKIES

READING FOR POLITICAL JUNKIES

READING FOR POLITICAL JUNKIES
by Karen Wilkerson

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by popular historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, explores the influence of muckraking journalists on the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. See, I told you the issues were something you would appreciate reading about today. It is a marvelous read.
As LWVUS approaches is 97th year, you want to get a copy of Sustaining the League of Women Voters of America. It provides a history of the suffragette movement, the creation of the League and an interesting perspective on while we are still a vital organization.

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John Englander

In cased you missed it, here is John Englander’s talk with the LWVPBC:


John Englander graphicENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

OPEN MEETING

DATE: September 22, 2016

TIME: 5:30–7:30 PM

PLACE: Summit Library, 3650 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

 

SEATING IS LIMITED. RSVP NOW TO PLZIMM@BELLSOUTH.NET


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN ENGLANDERJohn Englander

Renowned climate expert and internationally acclaimed speaker and author presents

Climate Change Involves 4 Different Issues:
The Policy Implications

Does the type of energy we use really affect the environment?
Will sea level rise really affect my residence or business?
Is my water really safe?

Issues concerning climate change, energy, sea level rise, recycling, the Everglades, fresh water, ecosystem, algae and more may all appear to be similar. Noted climate expert John Englander will  explain where they overlap and where

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JANUARY FUND-RAISER – A GREAT SUCCESS!!

JANUARY FUND-RAISER - A GREAT SUCCESS!!

JANUARY FUND-RAISER – A GREAT SUCCESS!!

Navy blues and daffodil yellows greeted us at the Atlantis Country Club!  Raffle gifts, door prizes, and beautiful bouquets encircled the room and elicited the feeling of fun and celebration.

 

An Abundance of Prizes

Keeter Martinson and her team of dedicated workers offered a variety of raffle options that included beach chairs and cooler, a basket of white orchids, yummy chocolate treats, a foursome for golf and dinner, an assortment of books, and many other choices. Flower centerpieces graced the tables and the Atlantis staff provided delightful food and service.

Fashion Show
Chico’s provided a cruise fare fashion show with some of our League members and county political VIPs (School board member Karen Brill and Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher as

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Redistricting

Redistricting

Tell The Florida Legislature To Stop Undermining Our Courts

Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature have set their sights on attacking the independence of Florida’s courts. HJR 121 would put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that, if passed, would allow the Florida Legislature to override state court decisions they don’t like with a two-thirds vote. It doesn’t take a degree in civics to understand how this undermines our democracy.

Sign the petition to the Florida Legislature today:

Stop trying to undermine our courts and our democracy. Vote No on HJR 121.

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FAU Ocean Harbor Speakers Calendar

FAU Ocean Harbor Speakers Calendar

FAU Ocean Science Lecture Series 2017

The Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for the community at large to learn about Harbor Branch’s most recent discoveries directly from the scientists who made them. The invited speakers from other institutions are colleagues who work on topics relevant to our Harbor Branch research themes.

Ocean Science Lecture Series 2017

Lectures are held in the Johnson Education Center auditorium on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. “In-Season” weekly lectures (January 11 through April 5) will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by a meet-the-speaker reception. There is no charge to attend.

 

Click here to see the Lecture Schedule, watch Live Streaming and more!

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