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By: Sara Sanders
This summer, the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program is providing training to local and state League leaders from nine states that are entering the program for the first time ever. After a wonderful financial out-pouring of support for the MLD program at the LWVUS Convention in June 2012, Cheryl, Carol, Kelly, and I (the League trainers for the MLD program) have been met with enthusiasm for the program and for the future of the League.
By: Cheryl Graeve
As part of the LWVUS team that is going out this summer to train Leagues through the, Membership and Leadership Development program, which is designed to help strengthen the League as we power the vote, I am so inspired by the League leaders we're meeting who are passionate about protecting the right to vote and active in mobilizing citizens to take back the helm of our democracy.
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.State:
By: Sara Sanders
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.State: