• Anyone who knows the League knows that government transparency and accountability are core to our mission as an organization, and to us, they are core to a strong and healthy democracy.  But why should these be important to people in their everyday lives?

  • Late last week, major civil rights and voting rights organizations - including the League - called on President Obama to act quickly in appointing new commissioners to the Election Assistance Commission, which is charged with improving the administration of the nation’s elections.
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  • I was proud to represent the League at a special Brookings Institution event: Toward Public Participation in Redistricting.  Together with my colleagues from the civic engagement world we discussed how to foster a more transparent and fair redistricting process in 2011.   The League has worked for many decades to reform the redistricting process.   In 2011, Leagues are gearing up to host public events, preparing testimony, educating the media, engaging key allies

  • Today we urged members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the move expected this week to eliminate the public financing system for presidential elections.
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    - Where are the hearings or other committee action on the legislation to repeal the presidential system?  The rush to the floor, without following the normal procedures of the House, is deeply disturbing.
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  • Last night's vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive health care law passed by Congress in 2010, was a step backwards in dealing with America's health care crisis.

  • Please take a few moments to read my statement expressing our profound shock and sorrow over the tragic events in Tucson last weekend.  We hope that moving forward our nation will come together to foster and strengthen the very essence of our representative democracy: "government of the people, by the people, for the people."

  • The League has engaged Congressional leaders for years on the rules that govern the Senate and the House of Representatives.  2011 is shaping up to be no different.  Yesterday I sent a letter to Senators urging them to reform the rules of the Senate.   The League also joined coalition partners to urge the same.

  • Thank you for all your dedicated support this past year - our 90th anniversary year.  Without your commitment, the League of Women Voters could not continue our mission to make democracy work.

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