The League of Women Voters of Louisville (LWVL), founded on November 26, 1920, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to women and men of all ages. For more information, email us at info@LWVLouisville.org or phone us at 502-895-5218. When you join LWVL, you also become a member of national, state and local leagues -- three levels of government and legislative activity.
DINNER & DEMOCRACY MEETING
Dinner & Democracy Topic: The New 5-Star Rating System for Kentucky Public Schools: What is it and why has it been adopted?
On Monday, November 20, 2017 at Lang House, 115 South Ewing Ave., 40206. Light Buffet at 5:30 p.m. Program from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Speakers: Mary Gwen Wheeler, Chair, State Board of Education; Susan Weston, Education Consultant and blogger for the Pritchard Committee; and Sadiqa Reynolds, President, Louisville Urban League (invited).
Donations for dinner accepted. Public invited! ==============================================================
BROWN BAG BOOK DISCUSSION
Brown Bag Book Club: Tom Friedman's Thank You for Being Late. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Lang House from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Discussion leader: Mary Jo Rodgers.
~ Public Invited ~
Is there a book you've read and want to discuss? Send us an email at email@example.com with your suggestion. Must be non-fiction.
Come join us! ==============================================================
RACIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEEThe League of Women Voters of Louisville (LWVL) formed a Racial Justice Committee in 2016 after the explosive number of police shootings through the summer of 2016. The purpose of this committee is is to educate ourselves and others about the continuing and historical issues of racism in our communities and our nation, whether in the areas of voting, government and civic institutions, education, housing, healthcare, employment and culture, or in our personal lives and our long-held beliefs. We meet once a month to discuss these topics, and you are welcome to join us. Check our Calendar for the date and time.
Money In PoliticsMoney in Politics (MIP) Committee has looked up donations so you don't have to! We looked at 2016 data for Jefferson County. We've discovered that, even for local office, unless a candidate has has formidable patrons (donors). Just focusing on state House races, we see that seven of 18 Louisville-area races were uncontested "safe" districts for the incumbent. The only incumbent unseated was District 38's Denver Butler, who changed his political party. Local incumbents generally raised more money for their campaigns and they won eight of nine contested races. Two races were open seats without an incumbent. The Republican and Democratic parties spent about $10.2 million on the General Election for 50 state House races, according to the Kentucky Registry of Elections: an average of about $100,000 per candidate per race. Click on sidebar Money In Politics for more in-depth info. And an open question: Do office holders generally serve the interests of their big donors?
League of Women Voters of Louisville PositionsLeague's position on Education, Local Housing and more: League Positions
Go to Vote411.org for details.