Voter’s Guide 2018 General Election – US Senate

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LWV of West Virginia urges voters to vote NO on Amendment 1

PRESS RELEASE

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia urges voters to say NO to Constitutional Amendment 1 on November 6.

If passed Amendment 1 would add the following language to the WV Constitution: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

Amendment 1 eliminates a woman’s right to privacy when making reproductive choices. The LWV believes a decision to terminate a pregnancy should be a private decision done in consultation between a woman and her doctor. The WV State constitution should protect this right of privacy.

Amendment 1 provides no exceptions in the case of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. The amendment denies the right of women to terminate any pregnancy under any circumstances.

This amendment also denies poor women access to government funds for abortions, including instances of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

The full weight of Amendment 1 will be realized if federal safeguards (provided by Roe v Wade) protecting a women’s right to privacy when making decisions regarding abortion are removed. Laws approved in years past by the state legislature made abortion a felony. Court injunctions prevented their implementation but if Roe vs. Wade is overturned, they could easily resurface. If Roe is overturned, the passage of Amendment 1 would mean the state constitution would provide no protection for West Virginia women. Desperate women attempting to terminate their own pregnancies because medically safe procedures are unavailable would be subject to criminal prosecution. So would any medical personnel who assist in abortion procedures.

The League of Women Voters believes public policy must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices. We urge voters to vote No on Amendment 1. 

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For further information contact
Lyn Widmyer
lynwidmyer@gmail.com

304-279-3201

Candidates for the Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals

We will be coming out with a Voters Guide soon, but in the meantime if you want to learn more about the Candidates for the Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals.

If you scroll down at  http://services.sos.wv.gov/apps/elections/candidate-search/ to “Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals” there are 20 candidates listed.

There will be two forums held by the WV Bar Association on October 15 (Division 1) and October 18 (Division 2) from 6-8pm.  Both forums can be watched on WV Public Broadcasting or Facebook or you may attend the events in Charleston: http://www.wvbarassociation.org/events/supreme-court-candidate-forum

http://wvbarassociation.org/assets/uploads/Judicial_Forum_Flyer.pdf

You can click on the respective links for each candidate to study their previous history at https://ballotpedia.org/West_Virginia_Supreme_Court_of_Appeals_special_elections,_2018 

Wood County Voter October 2018

Meet the Candidate Event on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Cambers of the Parkersburg City Building. All local candidates for the WV Legislature and Wood County Commission have been invited. Open to the public.

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Huntington League’s October Bulletin

Candidates Meeting for WV Supreme Court of Appeals on WVPBS. Check the dates and times.

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League Urges Senators to vote NO on Kavanaugh

JUDGE DOES NOT POSSESS FAIR AND UNBIASED JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT
10/4/2018
Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters President Chris Carson and CEO Virginia Kase issued the following joint statement:

“We urge the Senate to reject Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“Judge Kavanaugh has shown the country that he does not possess fair and unbiased judicial temperament. Indeed, he engaged in unprovoked, partisan attacks, and treated United States Senators—the people conducting his job interview—with shocking disrespect. Senators have the right to ask questions of nominees. In fact, it is their responsibly to ask them on behalf of the American people.

“In addition, troubling allegations about his past and misleading if not untruthful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee cast further doubt on his judicial credibility. Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist Papers that “all judges who may be appointed by the United States are to hold their offices during good behavior.” That’s not what we saw from Judge Kavanaugh during the confirmation process.

“We urge Senators to vote NO on Kavanaugh.”

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org

Fall VOTER 2018

Inside read our President’s Report, about Amendments 1 and 2 to the Constitution on the 2018 November Ballot, about health care and natural resources and our first letter to the editor.

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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

Jefferson County Meeting – Amendment 1 and 2