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Join League for a free screening of the film Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
, followed by a panel discussion at the Lawrence Public Library. The film, created by Brave New Films, tells stories of how guns affect the lives of everyday Americans; how powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit; and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Our panel discussion will feature Donald Haider-Markel (Prof., Political Science), Jeanne Crevier (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America), and Megan Jones (Kansans Against Campus Carry). For details, visit our calendar
You can now view Lawrence Voter Education Coalition forums for Kansas House Districts 42, 44, and 45 here
and for Douglas County Commission District 3 here
. For more information about the upcoming elections, visit the VEC Facebook page
If you are looking for links to recent League presentations, including our June Hot Topic
with LWVK Legislative Observed Paul Johnson, you can now find them on our Videos, Reports, Minutes page
Read LWVK Observer Paul Johnson's latest report on the 2016 session of the Kansas Legislature here
We have posted updated information to help the 988 Douglas County voters still on the the Kansas Secretary of State's "Suspense List" complete their registrations. To find out the suspense list and learn how to complete your registration, visit our elections page
Read LWV L-DC member Maggie Carttar's letter Real Solution
in today's Lawrence Journal-World
Read the presentation David Burress planned to present regarding the LWV L-DC Economic Development Study at our 2016 Annual Meeting here
Expanding earlier studies of governmental secrecy in Douglas County, League member Alan Cowles has investigated the use of closed meetings by governing bodies statewide. You can find his most recent (2016) summary and the full report on our LWV L-DC Reports and Minutes page
Read a nice editorial in support of League in today's Lawrence Journal-World
defending League here
League members hard at work registering voters at a recent event.
October 28, 2015. A plan by the League and several state universities to offer a short course aimed at educating college students about voter registration in Kansas is getting a lot of coverage this week. Read a story about the initiative in the Wichita Eagle here, and an editorial supporting our efforts in the Lawrence Journal-World here.
October 16, 2015. Read a story in the Lawrence Journal-World about League's efforts to register voters here and an editorial praising League's efforts here!
The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters selected Ruthi Rapp to receive the 2016 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The Fluker Award honors a Douglas County resident who shows leadership in promoting citizen participation in government. Ms. Rapp is recognized for her community leadership in promoting improvement in government through her work with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence encouraging and facilitating Kids Voting Kansas.
She was honored at the Fluker Award Luncheon on Saturday, March 19.
Ms. Rapp has volunteered for Kids Voting Kansas for many years, acting as the sole liaison to bring the education program into all 14 Boys & Girls Club locations in Lawrence. She has increased youth participation in Kids Voting Kansas to 6,723 by exposing youth to the experience of participating in the democratic process.
Ms. Rapp worked with the Boys & Girls Club staff to implement citizenship curriculum and activities leading up to voting day. She put together age-appropriate activity notebooks for each site that can be used for many years. As a result of her efforts, more youth in Lawrence are growing up as informed citizens who will now have the tools needed to participate actively in local and national government upon reaching adulthood. Mr. Rapp's impact on future citizen participation is immeasurable.
Summary of Business Transactions. During the business meeting, the membership:
- Adopted a budget for the 2015+2016 League year.
- Elected President Debra Duncan; Vice-President Cille King; Secretary Jeanne Mann (first year of a two-year term); Directors Margaret Arnold, marci francisco, Janice Friedman, Midge Grinstead, Carol Klinknett, Marlene Merrill, and Melissa Wick (each first year of a two-year term); and Nominating Committee, Mary Lou Wright (Chairperson), Sharon Brown, and James Dunn. Continuing on the Board are Treasurer Marjorie Cole and Director Austin Turney. There were no nominees for the other President Elect and one vacant seat on the Board of Directors. Two board members will be appointed to the nominating committee by the board of directors at a later date.
Minutes of the meeting may be found on our reports and minutes page