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Civics Education Committee

The Civics Education Committee supports the LWVPBC to meet its mission and vision by:

  • · Providing reliable information on elections and public policy issues to a diverse PBC population through innovative educational approaches;
  • · Developing innovative voter education modules including a civics curriculum;
  • · Working with PBC Schools to provide civics in the classroom, and;
  • · Routinely evaluating results and methods to determine what is most successful.

Upcoming Meetings

  • December 28th at 10:00 am at Compass, 201 N. Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth, FL 33460
  • January 25th at 7:00 pm – location to be announced
  • February 22nd at 10:00 am at Compass, 201 N. Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth, FL 33460
  • March 22nd at 7:00 pm – location to be announced
  • April 26th at 10:00 am at Compass, 201 N.
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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
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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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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Corinne Miller at the January 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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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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Hot Topic Luncheons 2017 Update

Luncheon Information:

Our popular monthly luncheons continue in 2017!

Rita Thrasher

Rita Thrasher

March 15 – Updates on Mental Health Issues in Palm Beach County
Speaker: Rita Thrasher, Chairman of PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health

Rita has emerged as an impassioned, bold and brave community leader with a “loud voice” in advocating and rallying for increased awareness, understanding, acceptance and education to assist agencies and schools in Palm Beach County in breaking the deafening silence that keeps those in need of help from asking for or pursuing it.
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Coming up:

April 19 – Annual Meeting Followed by Luncheon, Kevin Wagner, Speaker on Today’s Politics    Learn more…

Cost Increase:
We are happy to report that our luncheons will continue at the Atlantis Country Club which provides us …

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Civilians carrying guns rarely thwart shooters- The Gainesville Sun

gun safety

Thomas Gabor: Civilians carrying guns rarely thwart shooters

Posted Jan 24, 2017 at 2:00 AM
By Thomas Gabor Special to The Sun- reprinted

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Last June, the worst mass shooting (49 dead, 53 wounded) in American history occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. On Jan. 6, a shooter opened fire at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, killing five and injuring six people. Elsewhere, such incidents have been met with outrage and a widespread demand for tougher gun laws and vetting of gun owners. In Florida, these mass killings have increased the resolve of legislators who, as illogical as it sounds, believe that gun violence is most effectively countered by more guns and less regulation. The fact that the airport shooting occurred at a point of entry for

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John Englander

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

John Englander graphicENVIRONMENTAL GROUP


DATE: September 22, 2016

TIME: 5:30–7:30 PM

PLACE: Summit Library, 3650 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33406




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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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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