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Myrna Loehrlein


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Stories From Around the State

  • The League and its allies were successful in keeping voter ID bills from passing in a number of states including Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia. Only Kansas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee have passed voter photo ID laws that are currently in effect. In retrospect, thanks to the Leagues ongoing work, we are better off than we had anticipated when the legislative sessions began!

  • Date:  April 21, 2012

    Location:  10-11 AM, the Hallagan Center at Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Event:  Panel Discussion

    The League of Women Voters of Cedar Rapids/Marion, Iowa, hosted a forum entitled “Judicial Retention: Who Does What and When."  Panelists included former Chief Justice David Baker of the Iowa Supreme Court, now a member of the 6th Judicial District Nominating Commission for the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals; Judge Van Zimmer, Court of Appeals; and Cedar Rapids attorney Steve Pace, who served from 2006-2011 as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals.  The goal of the forum was to help explain the sometimes unknown and misunderstood process of selecting judges in Iowa.   The forum was free and open to the public. 

  • The Regional Training for LWV State Coaches this past weekend was a great success! Thirty League leaders from 9 states (mostly in the central region of the United States) gathered with LWVUS board, staff, and 8 of the 23 Ruth S. Shur Fellows in Houston, TX from April 13-15, 2012.

  • LWVUS Board and staff will be training some 30 League leaders from 9 states in Houston, TX on Friday, April 13 until Sunday, April 15, 2012. The training will bring together individuals who have volunteered to be state coaches as part of the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program, funded by the Fund for Local League Growth.

  • Date:  March 22, 2012

    Location:  Northminster Presbyterian Church

    Event:  Town Hall Meeting

    The League of Women Voters of Ames hosted Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court for a free public discussion of "Choosing and Keeping the Best Possible Judges" on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Ames.  Justice Cady addressed the 78 people in attendance on the “fundamental concept of judicial independence” as he explained the founding fathers’ vision of the American judicial branch, emphasizing the need to insulate judges from political influence.  Justice Cady focused on the process of selecting and retaining judges in the Iowa judicial system, proposed changes to this system and their possible effects, and the fallout from the 2010 retention elections.

    The event was covered by the Iowa State Daily

  • Date:  6:30 PM, February 28, 2012

    Location:  AEA 267 - Room A, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa

    Event:  Panel Discussion

    Partners:  American Judicature Society

    The League of Women Voters of Black Hawk/Bremer Counties, Iowa, hosted a community conversation on February 28, 2012, on the topic of "why merit selection of judges is good for Iowa."  The panel featured Justice Bruce Zager of the Iowa Supreme Court; K.O. Myers, Director of Research and Programs for the American Judicature Society; and Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa.  Panelists covered the structure and function of the Iowa courts, the history of merit selection of judges in Iowa, and the recent Varnum ruling's impact on the 2010 retention election.  The conversation was free and open to the public.