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April Hot Topics Luncheon Report

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By Carol Nikov

“It is a hard time to talk about Politics—it is so visceral”

Dr. Kevin Wagner, Phd, professor at FAU, former attorney, and lecturer on American Politics started his April Hot Topics on a serious note, but succeeded in making all in attendance laugh while learning how modern media has transformed the political process in America. In talking about his 2014 book Tweeting to Power: Social Media Revolution in American Politics  (Oxford University Press, 2014), Dr. Wagner quipped that he did not predict the rise of President Trump through the use of twitter, but did say the phenomenon has been good for his book sales. That was the first of many humorous statements he made while informing all in attendance about how media has changed …

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Voting Rights Coalition- May Newsletter

By Nancy Cohen, Co-chair              

The Voting Rights Coalition is an active engaged group who study, educate and advocate about voting rights and who are guided by our League U.S. position:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.

We are focused on:

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Annual Business Meeting 2017-Report

On April 19, the LWVPBC Annual Business Meeting was called to order by President Karen Wilkerson. Agenda items included, but were not limited to

  • review of the financial reports
  • proposed changes to the bylaws
  • proposed operating budget
  • adoption of the 2017-18 slate of officers

Review of Financial Reports

Joan Karp, Treasurer, reported that Pam Middleton completed the preliminary review of 2016-2107. Christina Ivaldi, CPA will conduct a review of the reports. Joan reviewed the Profit and Loss Budget versus the Actual Budget for last year.

 

Proposed Bylaw Changes

Membership voted to adopt the four bylaw changes proposed by the Bylaws Revision Committee of Cecily Feldman, Rita Wachs and Karen Wilkerson. Those changes include

  • Create Associate member status for corporations and individuals. As such, the would
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Breaking News: Restoring The Vote

The Florida Supreme Court gave approval on April 20, 2017 for ballot language for a proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution that would automatically restore the right to vote for persons with past felony convictions.  Florida is one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting.  Restoring the vote and a constitutional amendment to achieve the same is a 2017 legislative priority of the Florida League of Women Voters.

Click the links below to read more.

https://aclufl.org/2017/04/20/aclu-statement-on-florida-supreme-court-approving-voting-rights-restoration-ballot-language/

 

Here is a related article by one of our favorite columnists, Frank Cerabino.

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Treasury Notes- April

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By Joan Karp, Treasurer

DONATIONS
January 1 – April 14, 2017

Thank you all for your generosity!

Operating Account
Banks, Sue
Karp, Joan
Sipple, Elena

Education Fund
Chandler, Debra
Feldstein, Shirley and Robert
Goldstein, Marion
Sipple, Elena

Education Fund in Memory of Jacques Ivaldi
Garron, Laurel
Hooper, Abigail
Kuhs, John
Prior, Suzanne
Range, Mary Jane

We are also grateful to Kathleen Ridder for the significant bequest we received.

Thank you to those who renewed or joined as Susan B. Anthony Members
Albright, Shelly
Barberich, Letitia
Gibson, Virginia
Goldfein, Susan
Lieberman, Barbara
Smyth, Imelda
Whipple, JoeAnn

Are you an Amazon Shopper?

Great – now you can take advantage of Amazon’s generosity to nonprofits. Here’s how: when you shop, use Smile.Amazon.com and  specify your donation of choice to go to …

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Another Sinkhole Alley Could Be Formed Along The Sabal Pipeline

By Diane Rice

Sinkhole AlleyIt is hard to believe that something as important as safeguarding our springs and our Florida aquifer and preventing another sinkhole alley could be determined by a few individuals outside the Florida legislature. And yet ….. that is what is happening, in spite of the fact that the Sabal Trail Pipeline sits mainly on limestone deposits and within 5 miles of over 100 sinkholes and underground springs as viewed on the map, professionally developed by Fractracker Alliance, available at Fractracker.org.

And though FPL would like you to believe the natural gas pipeline is needed for the future of electricity production in Florida — it is highly improbable that all the natural gas would be used to make electricity as forecast usage for 2020 would be …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Science Deniers

Watch the video on EcoWatch.NdGTyson video

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The Conversation Project is now online

Dear Friends of the Center for Applied Ethics,

I am pleased to advise you that our most recent Ethics Speaker Forum on March 27 – “Ethics and The Conversation Project: Values, Conversations and Life Choices” – is now posted on our website. Please feel free to share it with any friends or family as well as to watch it again if you wish! The presentation starts at around nine minutes into the recording.
Copies of the Conversation Starter Kit are also available HERE.

I would also like to share a wonderful poem following along the forum’s theme sent in by one of your fellow participants, Minx Boren. Please enjoy her inspired writings and keep in touch with the Center as we continue to engage, educate …

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How a Scientist Who Studies Marches Sees the March for Science

A polar bear in front of the White House, on March 28, 2017.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Hahrie Han explains why some protests are effective and others aren’t.

Read the article-  Atlantic on the Web .

On April 22, scientists and science enthusiasts will gather in Washington, D.C. and 480 other cities to march for science. Their numbers will likely be large and their signs will undoubtedly be nerdy. Much has been written about the march—whether it’s a good idea or a terrible one, whether it will rally people or distance them, whether it’s goals are acceptably varied or too diffuse, whether it cares too little or too much about matters of diversity, and whether it will be a cathartic flash-in-the-pan …

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Second Annual Government Bee

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PRESS RELEASE

Second Annual Government Bee

Lake Worth, FL – April 6, 2017

The Second Annual Government Bee originated by The Masonic High Twelve Club of Lake Worth No. 316 was conducted by the School District of Palm Beach County on Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Santaluces High School of Lantana.

The academic style competition among the seven participating high schools (Boynton Beach High School, Lake Worth Community High School, Royal Palm Beach High School, Santaluces Community High school, Seminole Ridge Community High School, Spanish River High School, and Suncoast High School) was double the number of teams that competed in the first annual competition held last year. This competition encourages teams of students to become engaged in the United States …

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