Video: House of Delegates District 51 – 2018 General Election

Candidates seeking election Nov. 6 to five seats in the West Virginia House of Delegates from District 51 answered questions and outlined their platforms at a forum Oct. 11, 2018, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County and Mountaineers for Progress.

Filmed by West TV.

Video: Constitutional Law expert explains proposed WV amendments

Robert Bastress, West Virginia University law professor and constitutional law expert, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 26, 2018, meeting of the Morgantown-Monongalia League of Women Voters, Morgantown, WV. Bastress discussed the two amendments to the West Virginia constitution which will be decided by the voters in the Nov. 6 general election.

Thank-you to West TV for providing the video camera! Filmed by Jonathan Rosenbaum.

September 2018 Morgantown Newsletter

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Our first fall meeting will be held Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Aull Center, next to the Library at 351 Spruce Street. This public meeting will focus on the WV Constitutional Amendments to be decided in the November election. We have invited Robert Bastress (left), WVU Law Professor and Constitutional Law expert to explain the details, need, and repercussions of the amendments, and to respond to questions from our league and participants.

What does it mean to be a member of the League of Women Voters? First and foremost, it is to be informed – about local, state, and national issues! To that end, our local league devotes time and talent to organizing candidate forums and panels or discussions about topics of local interest. Our first fall Membership Meeting is an example. What do you know about the upcoming two Constitutional Amendments? Why were they proposed by the state legislature, and what will their impact be? Our guest speaker will help us unravel the issues. We expect all members to attend this important meeting and encourage other members of the public to come as well.

We value our first fall meeting not only for the content presented, but the opportunity to gather as a group to connect with one another. We look forward to seeing everyone!

About Constitutional Amendments

Amendment No. 1, the proposed “No Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment,” is written as follows:

“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”

Amendment No. 2, the proposed “Judicial Budget Oversight Amendment,” would shift judicial spending oversight to lawmakers. Currently, the judiciary controls its own budget. The proposed amendment making the change includes the following language:

“Providing that the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary may be reduced in the budget bill, and setting forth the required procedures to be followed by the Legislature to enact any decrease in the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary to an amount that is less than 85 percent of the amount of the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary in the most recently enacted budget; providing that when requested by the Legislature, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals must appear and be heard and answer inquiries relative to any budget bill; and conforming language relating to the introduction of the budget and matters that may be taken up during extended sessions to more recent amendments to the Constitution.”

State Board

At our State Board meeting in August, we became a partner organization of Vote No on 1 WV - http://votenoon1wv.org .
The League’s Public Policy on Reproductive Choices is on pages 32 – 35 of “Impacts on Issues”: https://www.lwvwv.org/library/lwvus/
Join with the Vote No on Amendment 1 coalition for a weekly phone bank and canvassing opportunities in Morgantown to defeat this dangerous amendment! Discover/register for events at:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/VoteNoOn1WV/events/?ref=page_internal

Candidate Forums

There will be two candidate forums in October, organized by our local LWV and Mountaineers for Progress (MFP). The first one will be for the House of Delegates candidates, District 51. It will be held on Thursday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the South Middle School auditorium, 500 E. Parkway Drive. Candidates are: Republicans Cindy Frich, Aaron Metz, Roger Shuttlesworth, Joe Statler, and Debbie Warner; Democrats Barbara Evans Fleischauer, Evan Hansen, Rodney A. Pyles, Danielle Walker, and John Williams; Libertarian Buddy A. Guthrie; and American Freedom Union Harry V. Bertram.

The second forum will be for the County Commission candidates and the WV Senate candidates, Districts 13 and 14. It will be held Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. at the South Middle School auditorium, 500 E. Parkway Drive. Candidates are: County Commission Republican Andrew W. Price, Democrat Tom Bloom. State Senator, 13th District, Republican Mike Oliverio, Democrat Bob Beach. State Senator, 14th District, Republican Dave Sypolt, Democrat Stephanie Zucker.

Refreshments will be provided at both events. This is always a great opportunity to see your candidates in person and learn about their views on a variety of issues. League members are asked to bring goodies for the forum on October 11.

Voters Service

Our League has responded to an initiative from the LWV Education Fund to register voters. An award winning, urban planning, development, and investment management firm Jonathan Rose Companies, has joined forces with the League to register and empower voters this year. Funding for these events will be provided as pass-through grants from the LWVEF. Members from our league will go to Wheeling on October 3. We will assist residents with voter registration, providing nonpartisan local voting information, and collecting completed voter registration applications to turn in to local elections officials. The grant will be $350 for this event – a big help for our budget!

Annual Meeting June 2018

The Annual Meeting 2018 was held at Ali Baba’s Restaurant on Saturday, June 9. After the noon Luncheon, three Democracy in Action Awards were presented. Catherine Lozier presented the award to Carye Blaney (in absentia), in recognition of her “many accomplishments as Monongalia County Clerk to make voting easily available, secure and up-to-date.” (Carye Blaney received the award in person at a County Commission meeting later in June.) Vicki Conner presented the award to Roark Sizemore, Founder/President of Pantry Plus More, for his “dedication to fighting child hunger in Monongalia County.” Lyndell Millecchia presented the award to Shirley Rosenbaum, LWV Membership Chair, in recognition of her “constant and continuing commitment to outreach and member participation in the League of Women Voters.” Shirley also was recognized as a life member, joining the League over 50 years ago.

After the award presentations, Vicki Conner introduced Bill Kawecki, Mayor of the City of Morgantown, who gave an overview of recent accomplishments of City Council.

During the Business Meeting, it was decided to reduce the student dues from $22 to $5 per year. The Budget and the Program for 2018-2019 were adopted.

Board Members elected for 2018-2020 are:
2nd VP Catherine Lozier
Treasurer Lyndell Millecchia
Director Pat Bunner
Director Penny Thomas
Director Nancy Ulrich
Director (unexpired term): Sarah Barnes
Nominating Committee: Barbara Brown, Marlene Frich, and Marilyn Weber

Continuing Board Members (elected in 2017) are: President, Vicki Conner; 1st VP, Nancy Jamison; Secretary, Barbara Brown; Director, Jonathan Rosenbaum; Director, Shirley Rosenbaum

League Membership

Membership in the League is open to all persons (both men and women) over the age of 16. When you become a member of the Morgantown League, you are also a member of the LWV-US and the LWV-WV. Currently dues are $48 for an individual, $72 for a household (two at the same address), and $5 for students. Checks should be made to LWV Morgantown-Mon County and mailed to: Lyndell Millecchia, Treasurer, 476 Lawnview Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505. You can also pay with your credit card at http://tinyurl.com/paylwvmm or you may send money from your PayPal account to mmtreasury@lwvwv.org .

Contributions are also welcomed and encouraged. (Membership dues and contributions to the League of Women Voters are not deductible as a personal or business expense for tax purposes.)

LWVMM September 2018 Newsletter

August 2018 Morgantown-Monongalia Guide to Government Officials

Updated for Jenkins and Armstead as interim judges; new BOE, Westover.

CLICK HERE:

LWVMM Guide to Government Officials August 2018

May 2018 Morgantown Newsletter

ANNUAL MEETING – Saturday, June 9

MORGANTOWN MAYOR TO SPEAK

The 2018 Annual Meeting for the Morgantown-Monongalia County LWV will be held Saturday, June 9, at Ali Baba’s, 83 Hart Field Drive (Airport), from 11:45-2:30. Our speaker will be Bill Kawecki, Mayor of the City of Morgantown. He will tell us about some of the accomplishments of the city this year, and will also focus on future developments planned to help Morgantown become more welcoming (such as pedestrian bridges, benches, and bus shelters). He will discuss a workshop he and County Commissioner Sean Sikora are currently working on to help improve communications and planning among municipalities and the County Commission. They hope the workshop will help the county and cities be more proactive in solving mutual problems.

We will be presenting Democracy in Action awards. The business meeting will begin at 1:45, and will include adoption of the budget, vote on the dues change for students, election of officers, and adoption of the proposed local program. Please plan to attend this important meeting!

Annual Luncheon

Saturday, June 9, 2018
11:45-12:00 Gathering
Buffet Lunch 12:00 noon
$18.00/person

Menu

Buffet with meat and vegetarian selections
Beverage and gratuity are included
***Give your reservation to your caller, or call Shirley Rosenbaum (304-599-2370) by Thursday, June 7

VOTERS SERVICE

In April, the League co-sponsored three candidate forums with Mountaineers for Progress (MFP). The League facilitated the first forum for the County Commission and the Board of Education. The other two forums, for the House of Delegates and First District of the House of Representatives were facilitated by MFP.

All the forums were well attended, with the forum for the House of Delegates the most energetic. There were many questions from the audience at all the forums.

The Board of Education election was a final election. Sara Anderson, Michael Kelly, and Melanie Baker Rogers were elected.

In November, Tom Bloom (D) will run against Andrew Price (R) for County Commission.

For the House of Delegates from the 51st District, Democrats Barbara Fleischauer, Evan Hansen, Danielle Walker, John Williams and Rodney Pyles will run against Republicans Cindy Frich, Roger Shuttlesworth, Joe Statler, and Debbie Warner. Five will be elected.

For the First Congressional District, Democrat Kendra Fershee will run against incumbent Republican David McKinley.

Because of co-sponsoring the forums with MFP, in comparison to similar forums we have hosted in previous years, there was an increase in the number of volunteers who provided food and helped run the forums, and an increase in attendance. One exciting benefit was sharing the planning process with MFP.

LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP

Please plan to pay your dues when you come to the annual meeting June 9! Currently dues are $48 for an individual and $72 for a household (two at the same address). Checks should be made to LWV Morgantown-Mon County. (Dues and luncheon may be paid with one check).

Dues may be mailed to: Lyndell Millecchia, Treasurer, 476 Lawnview Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505. You can also pay with your credit card at http://tinyurl.com/paylwvmm or you may send money from your PayPal account to
mmtreasury@lwvwv.org . Contributions are also welcomed and encouraged. (Membership dues and contributions to the League of Women Voters are not deductible as a personal or business expense for tax purposes.

DUES CHANGE

Many Leagues feel that cost is a barrier for students who want to join the LWV. In order to encourage younger members to become active, both the National and State Leagues have voted to waive the per member payment (PMP) for students. The Budget Committee therefore recommends that the Student Dues be lowered from $22 to $5.00 per year. This recommendation will be voted on at the Annual Meeting.

See attached newsletter for proposed budget and program! 

LWVMM May 2018 Newsletter

Video: 1st Congressional District – April, 2017

Video: Monongalia County WV House of Delegates – April, 2017

Video: Monongalia County Commission and Board of Education – April, 2017

April 2018 Morgantown Newsletter

 FORUMS GALORE IN APRIL

It is going to be a busy time leading up to the Primary Election in May. We are uniting with Mountaineers for Progress to sponsor three candidate forums. Doors for the forums will open at six, the forums will last 6:30-8:30 p.m., and there will be refreshments after each forum.

The first forum will be for the County Commission and the Board of Education Candidates. It will be held at 6:30 on Thursday, April 12, at WVU White Hall (Room G-09), 135 Willey Street. Since this is a new venue for us, there will be ushers to guide you to the meeting room. Parking is available by the nearby churches.

The second forum, for District 51 House of Delegates Candidates, will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plumber/Pipefitters Hall, 100 Richard Drive. From the Greenbag Road, turn at the corner of Mountainview Elementary School onto Richard Drive. The Hall is on the right. There is plenty of parking.

The third forum will be for Candidates for Congress, the 1st Congressional District. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, again at WVU’s White Hall (Room G-09) on Willey Street.

Our league is very excited to be cosponsoring these forums with Mountaineers for Progress. Though it is a Primary Election in May, it will be the final election for the Board of Education.

First Forum, Thursday, April 12

 

WVU White Hall, Room G-09

 
   
County Commission  
Tom Bloom Democrat
Betty Lemley Wiley Democrat
   
Board of Education  
Sara Anderson Non-partisan
Gary DrVar Non-partisan
Michael Kelly Non-partisan
Matthew R. Kirby Non-partisan
Ethan Moore Non-partisan
Melanie Baker Rogers Non-partisan
   
   
Second Forum, Thursday, April 19

Plumbers/Pipefitters Hall

 
   
WV House of Delegates, 51st District
Cindy Frich Republican
Roger Shuttlesworth Republican
Joe Statler Republican
Debbie Warner Republican
   
Barbara Evans Fleischauer Democrat
Evan Hansen Democrat
Cory B. Kennedy Democrat
Rodney A. Pyles Democrat
Danielle Walker Democrat
John Williams Democrat
   
   

Third Forum, Thursday, April 26

 

WVU White Hall, Room G-09

 
   
U.S House of Representatives  
WV First Congressional District  
Ralph Baxter Democrat
Kendra Fershee Democrat
Tom Payne Democrat

Voters Service

he final day to register to vote in the May Primary will be April 17. Our League will be hosting tables for voter registration at the WVU Library on Wednesday, April 4, 1-4 p.m. and on Thursday, April 5, 9.a.m. to noon.

Early voting will be April 25 – May 5. Early Voting locations: Mountaineer Mall, Mason Dixon Park, Westover Community Building, and the WVU Alumni Center. For further election information contact the county clerk at:
https://monongaliacountyclerk.com and click on Primary Election Information.

From the President

2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year. As you probably know, the new Voter ID law went into effect on Jan 1, and the League has been working with many other groups locally and state-wide to be sure that voters are prepared when they go to the polls in May. The law is very flexible, giving many acceptable ways to identify oneself, including having someone with an ID certify to your identity. You can help by reminding people of the change, and if you would like some “rack cards” to distribute, we have plenty. There is still a lot of news about potential disruption of elections by outside entities, but we have been reassured that the Mon County system is secure. Voting machines here are not connected to the internet, so the only way to interfere with them would be to attack the physical machine. If you were able to attend our meeting in October with Mr. Kearsey from the Secretary of State’s office, you heard all the ways that WV is monitoring other aspects of our system, such as voter rolls, so that they feel comfortable that the integrity of our systems is strong. I had an interesting meeting with our County Clerk, Carye Blaney, who explained how they are going about “cleaning up” our voter rolls. Her long-range goalis to produce laminated voter registration cards which will have a barcode that identifies you, removing the necessity to sign when you vote. There’s still a lot of work to be done to make that happen.

Several League members attended the public forum in Charleston on the proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. After that event, the EPA decided to hold three more public forums in Kansas City, Missouri; San Francisco; and Gillette, Wyoming. The Wyoming one is the last, to be held at the end of March. They are still accepting public comments until April 26, so if you haven’t had an opportunity to give your input, here’s a link:
https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/clean-power-plan-proposed-repeal-how-comment

We are looking forward to our partnership with Mountaineers for Progress to hold three candidate forums, which are detailed in the newsletter. We are hoping that our partnership will bring a larger audience to the non-partisan events as we evaluate who we would like to represent us in the November elections. I encourage everyone to attend—you will get a lot of valuable information and insight into the candidates.

As always, thank you for your support of the LWV Morgantown-Monongalia County, and we encourage you to join us at our monthly board meetings, the third Monday of most months at 4pm in the downtown public library. Also watch for more information on our Annual Meeting which will be held later in the spring.

-Vicki Conner

Vicki Conner and Barbara Brown at the “I Belong” Diversity Event, held at WVU in January

League of Women Voters of West Virginia Council Meeting

State Council will be held on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Morgantown Public Library in the upstairs conference room. Councils are held in the interim years between Conventions primarily for the adoption of a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. This year’s Council is generating significant interest because the Board is proposing lowering the state Per Member Payment (PMP). As a bonus, recently the Board of LWVUS announced they are waiving the student PMP until January 31, 2021.

The Council is composed of the presidents of the local Leagues (or an alternate in the event a president is unable to attend), two delegates chosen by each local League, and one delegate from the state board.  The morning session will be a normal State Board meeting which will include interesting Portfolio reports and discussion. Lunch will be held from 12 noon – 1 p.m. Meals will not be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own lunch or visit one of Morgantown’s excellent nearby restaurants. Council will commence at 1 p.m.

After Council, the remaining time will be devoted to Legislation, beginning with special speaker Julie Archer, state board member and LWVWV lobbyist presenting what transpired at the Legislature this year. You can be certain that there will be a healthy discussion about the “No Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment” and how local Leagues can take action to educate the public before the November election.

LWVMM April 2018 Newsletter

Video: League of Women Voters Legislators Forum – December, 2017

On Monday, December 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County hosted this Legislators Forum, co-sponsored by OLLI. This forum is designed to let the legislators tell the public what their priorities and proposals are for the upcoming Legislative session, and for them to hear from the audience about their hopes, needs and concerns.

Seated left to right: Delegates – Barbara Fleischauer, Cindy Frich, Rodney Pyles, John Williams and Senator Robert Beach

Thank-you to West TV for providing the video camera! Filmed by Jonathan Rosenbaum.