The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.
View the May 21 Brown Bag presentation by Craig Weinaug on overcrowding in the county jail and the need for expanded mental health care facilities here.
View the June 3 Legislative Update by League Observer Paul Johnson with questions and comments from Senator Marci Francisco and Representatives Barbara Ballard and Dennis "Boog" Highberger here. (Q & A starts at about minute 46.)
June 5. Wondering what in the world is going on with the Kansas Legislature this year? Read League Observer Paul Johnson's Legislative e-reports.
April 16. Put a woman on the $20 bill! Women On 20s seeks historic change by convincing President Obama that it is time to put a woman's face on our paper currency. In the Final Round of voting, you can choose to support Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, or Wilma Mankiller. Visit the Women On 20s website to cast your ballot today!
April 11. 24 members and one guest attended our Annual Meeting. We heard about the upcoming LWVK State Convention, progress in our ongoing study of Local Economic Development, and the "Gut-N-Go" tactic of legislation. During our business meeting, we adopted a budget for the 2015+2016 League year and 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.
March 7. Sandy Praeger was awarded the 2015 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award today at a luncheon at the Brandon Woods Smith Center.
February 17. The LWV-LDC study committee on local economic development policy has released a draft report on effectiveness of local economic development for purposes of discussion and feedback. You can download the report from our reports and minutes page.
February 16. League member Alan Cowles has updated his report on government secrecy in Douglas County. The update examines practices employed in closing meetings between January 2009 through June 2013 by the Board of Trustees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Health Department, the Douglas County Commission, and the Lawrence City Commission, and compares them with closed meeting practices used the same governmental entities between July 2013 and June 2014. You can download the full, updated report here.
League member Bill Getz, Albatross? (8 January 2015).
League members Lawrence and Lynne Bodle, Bad Idea (2 December 2014).
League member David Burress, Historical Parallel (25 November 2014).
League member George M. Brenner, Disappointed (8 November 2014).
League member J. Mike Pryor, Out of Mideast (7 November 2014).
League member Robert A. Duver, Law of the Land (25 October 2014).
League member Ann Carlin Ozegovic, Women on a Mission (23 October 2014).
League member Lauralyn Bodle was profiled as one of the winners of the 2014 Phoenix Awards in Rise and shine: 2014 Phoenix Award winners promote arts, inclusivity (11 October 2014).
League member David Burress, Smart Business (11 October 2014).
League member Laura Routh, Tax process (21 September 2014).
KU journalism student and League summer volunteer, Kaitlyn Klein, Primary vote (5 July 2014).
League member David Burress, Shared facility (24 June 2014).
League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Student debt (14 June 2014).
League President Cille King, New voters (24 May 2014).
League member David Burress, Bikes, sidewalks (22 May 2014).
League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Immoral action (28 April 2014).
LWVK President Dolores Furtado, Due process (8 April 2014)
League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Suppressed vote (26 March 2014).
League member Midge Grinstead, Animal welfare (14 Mar 2014).
League Co-President David Burress, Patent policy (6 Mar 2014)
League member Caroljean Brune, Wasteful spending (21 Feb 2014).
League member Scott Criqui, Disheartening bill (15 Feb 2014).
League member Marilyn Roy, Rental issues (4 Feb 2014).
League Co-President David Burress, Court system (3 Feb 2014).
League Co-President David Burress, Spreading stores (23 Jan 2014).
League member Melinda Henderson, Insurance boon (4 January 2014).
The League's effort to register Douglas County voters in suspense was profiled in Volunteers working with Douglas County to help would-be voters get registered (25 November 2013).
League member Marilyn Roy, Money talks (5 November 2013).
League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Real insurance (2 November 2013).
Lawrence resident Annie Reed, League lauded (2 October 2013).
League board member Caroljean Brune was profiled in Longtime Lawrence activist recalls 1972 fight for women's rights (29 September 2013).
League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Voting rights (25 September 2013).
Letter from Cille King, ACA misperceptions (25 June 2013).
Column by Charles Stansifer, Opinion: Retired professor examines foreign policy columns (12 June 2013).
Letter from Sarah Casad, Food stamps vital (10 June 2013).
Letter from Forrest Swall, Sinking state (7 June 2013).
Letter from Patrick Wilbur, Gun fears unfounded (5 June 2013).
Letter from Marilyn Roy, Downtown demise (31 May 2013).