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Jul - Aug 2012 Voter
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LWV of Polk County

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 Calendar

 
Wed, July 11, 11:30 am:
Voter Service Update
Meeting, United Way
Highlands City

Wed, July 11, 12:30 pm:
LWV POLK County Board
Meeting
, United Way,
Highlands City
(bag lunch)

July 13 - 15:
Membership Leadership Conf Training in Winter Park


 Tue, July 24, 7:00 pm:
County Commission Candidate Forum
County Admin Bldg, 330 W Church St, Bartow City
 
Thu, July 26, 7:00 pm:
Constitutional Office Candidate Forum
County Admin Bldg, 330 W Church St, Bartow City

Tue, July 31, 7:00 pm:
Legislative, Congressional Candidate Forum
County Admin Bldg, 330 W Church St, Bartow City
* * * * *

Thu, Aug 2, 7:00 pm:
Judicial Candidate Forum
County Admin Bldg, 330 W Church St, Bartow City 
 
Wed, Aug 8, 12:30 pm:
LWV POLK County Board
Meeting
, United Way,
Highlands City  (bag lunch)
 
Tues, Aug 14
     Primary Election

Thu, Aug 26
Equity Day
Women's Right to Vote!
* * * * *
 
Sat, Sep 25
National Voter Registration Day

 
Tues, Nov 6
    General Election

From the Treasurer

Contributions

Thanks to the following for their generous donations:

Polk Educational Fund

Tax deductible contributions made out to “LWV of FL educational fund” and on memo “Polk Education Fund”. These funds can be used by Polk County for Educational purposes and for part of our State and National dues.
  • Lois Cowles Harrison
  • Lisa Parks
  • Janet Stevens
  • Judith Darby
  • Ann & Jerry Weeks
Susan B. Anthony Members*
  • Judith Darby
  • Susan Bromwell
  • Larry Hardaway
  • Regina Long
  • E. Snow Martin
  • Paula Mims
  • Beverley Sidenstick
  • Barbara Stampfl
  • Janet Stevens
  • Ruby Stinson
  • Jesse Thrasher
Other Donations*
  • Beverly Sidenstick
  • Barb Stampfl
  • Bill &Ruby Stinson
  • Judith Darby
   *These dues/donations are not tax deductible

All donations to the local League benefit our programs and are greatly appreciated. They can be mailed to the address above.

Thank you

New Members 

Please welcome the following new members!
  • Ashley Elliott
  • Joan Buccino
  • Larry Hardaway
  • Elizabeth Golden
  • Benjamin Rossie
Flag Waving


Speakers Bureau

 The Supreme Court recently upheld the health care reform mandate which requires everyone to have insurance.  However, there is much misunderstanding about what health care reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) does. Many of the people who say they are against it, are actually the ones that would benefit most from it!  We will continue doing presentations on this.

We will have eleven constitutional amendments on the ballot this year! In order to prepare voters for these we want to make presentations to many organizations.

If you know of an organization that might like a speaker for either of these topics, please contact
Janet Stevens, jstevens6@tampabay.rr.comor 863-510-5184.

The League of Women Voters of Florida has developed very good PowerPoint presentations on both of these topics. If you are interested in being a presenter on either of these topics or other League issues, please let Janet know.


We are developing a Speaker's Bureau to coordinate with the LWVFLA to inform citizens about the proposed amendments on the ballot.
The amendments will take up four pages so its important that individuals familiarize themselves with the substance and position they support before arriving at the polls. State League is developing a non-partisan power point to be delivered by the speaker's bureau.
The presentation will include information that explains what a vote for or a vote against means. There will be a limited number of presenters. If interested in receiving training to be a presenter please let Mary Jo, Sue or Janet know of your interest. If you are a member of a group or organization that you think would be interested in the presentation please let us know. Janet is also currently trained to deliver presentation on the Affordable Care Act.
We are developing a Speaker's Bureau to coordinate with the LWVFLA to inform citizens about the proposed amendments on the ballot.
The amendments will take up four pages so its important that individuals familiarize themselves with the substance and position they support before arriving at the polls. State League is developing a non-partisan power point to be delivered by the speaker's bureau.
The presentation will include information that explains what a vote for or a vote against means. There will be a limited number of presenters. If interested in receiving training to be a presenter please let Mary Jo, Sue or Janet know of your interest. If you are a member of a group or organization that you think would be interested in the presentation please let us know. Janet is also currently trained to deliver presentation on the Affordable Care Act.

Your Vote Counts

Privatization Position

The LWVUS Board approved a new position on Privatization in June.  The position is based on responses received from 227 Leagues across the country that participated ih the Study.

 The LWVUS believes that when governmental entities consider the transfer of governmental services, assets and/or functions to the private sector, the community impact and goals of such transfers must be identified and considered. Further, the LWV believes that transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good must be ensured.

The League believes that some government provided services could be delivered more efficiently by private entities; however, privatization is not appropriate in all circumstances. Privatization is not appropriate when the provision of services by the government is necessary to preserve the common good, to protect national or local security or to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of society.

Click here to see the full Position Statement

 Leadership Development


Update on Training weekend and the picnic before it:

LWVF President Deidre McNab held a picnic before the training session.  Lynn MaWhinney, Sue Shultz, Paula Mims and Janet Stevens (above l-r) attended the wonderful barbecue fund-raiser at Deidre's house in Orlando. These great tee shirts were for sale there. The back reflects that we are "Defenders of Democracy"!

- Janet

Membership Chair Lynn Mawhinney and President Mary Jo Jarrett attended the Florida Instate Training on Membership and Leadership Development in Winter Park the weekend of July 14,15. The goals of the workshop development are to increase League membership, community visibility and enthusiastic and effective leadership.  

- Mary Jo
Lynn

 Membership Report

The Membership Commitee is calling all members interested in helping us grow. Those interested call Lynn Mawhinney, 660-2724, it's as much or as little time as you can volunteer to help us continue on with the LWV work. It can be phone calls, mailings and helping at community events.
 
  - Lynn 

2012 Primary Election

Speaker at podiumCandidate
Forums

 The League of Women Voters of Polk County will sponsor two rounds of Candidate Forums this year to assist voters in learning about local candidates for Polk County elective offices.  Anyone interested in assisting with the forums, please call or email Sue Schultz at sueschultz1@verizon.net or 646-4634.  Primary Election Forums are scheduled for the following dates at the:
 CountyAdministration Building
Commission Chambers

330 West Church Street, Bartow

(PGTV Broadcasts on Brighthouse Ch 622, Comcast Ch 5, Verizon Ch 20)

 Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7 p.m.
County Commission Candidates:

Ed Smith, Tracy Garcia, Chris Dowdy, John Hall 

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7 p.m.
Constitutional Office Candidates:
Stacy Butterfield, Sam Johnson, Steven Blake, Marsha Faux, Colleen Burton, Lori Edwards

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 7 p.m.
Legislative & Congressional Candidates:
John Lindsey, John Wood, Jack Myers, Ronald Rushing, Kelli Stargel
Todd Long, Julius Melendez, Mark Oxner, John Quinones


Thursday, August 2, 2012, 7 p.m.
Judicial Candidates:

Bob Grode, Mark Kaylor, William Twyford
Catherine Combee, Christine Thornhill, Larry Helms, William Sites


President's Message

We have so much good news to share. By now you have had a chance to LIKE the League of Women Voters of Polk on our new Facebook Page.  If you haven't seen it yet, please take a look. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to communicate quickly with our members and friends through the additional use of Facebook. We thank Jerry Weeks for making it happen.

The Election season is upon us. Candidates for local, county, state, national, and judicial positions are telling us about themselves at different events. The LWV Primary Candidate Forums dates and times are listed above. Plan Ahead on your calendar NOW. We hope to see all our members and friends at the forums wearing their LWV badges. The forum is a great opportunity to hear candidates answer questions on issues of interest to the citizens of Polk County.

Many of you have individuals asking about when the State Voter Guide will be available. It is being prepared in Tallahassee now. In addition to newsprint they are hoping to develop an online guide. We also have an active Speaker's Bureau available to speak on the Amendments to organizations. Several members have completed training and registered with the State League to register Voters.

As we approach the fall election cycle, I would like to share with you a quote from our 32nd President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt:
     "Let us not forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."
 
In League,
Mary Jo

   


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Sunshine Seminar


Working with the First Amendment Foundation, LWV Florida is to co-sponsor a series of Sunshine Law seminars to be held throughout Florida. During these seminars, the public will be aided in understanding the requirements and exemptions to Florida's open government laws. Below is the date and location for the event in Lakeland:

October 10, 2012 - Lakeland Sunshine Seminar

Host: The Lakeland Ledger
Location: The Lakeland Ledger
Address: 300 W. Lime Street, Lakeland, FL
Building/Room: Employee Break Room
Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm

 The League of Women Voters of Polk County board met July 11 and agreed we will help promote the event to our League members and others in the area. We are happy to assist. Several of us have attended in the past and know this is a quality informative event. 

There is a special rate of $15 for League members to attend.
 
Joan Verret and Mary Jo Jarrett attended the Seminar held at the Orlando Sentinel that was co-sponsored by the Orlando LWV League.
It was a very informative seminar. The Lakeland area Seminar will be held at the Ledger. This is a wonderful opportunity.
 
For more information, please visit: www.floridafaf.org .
 

 On the Radio


 LWV of Polk County to host UPDATE radio show on August 5!

On Sunday, August 5 from 5 - 6 pm the LWV of Polk County will be on WLKF radio (1430 am).  We will be covering a range of topics including our upcoming forums, health care reform and the Constitutional Amendments. Please listen in if you can!
  

 Picture Gallery

 In June, our President Mary Jo Jarrett met with the State League President Deirdre MacNab in Lakeland and had a good discussion about League activities and plans for the coming year. 

    
Mary Jo & Diedre

Intrepid Exporer,
Paula Mims, plants
League Pin
Atop Mt Kilimanjaro (right)











Sue Schultz (below) leads planning session for Forums -
Larry Rankin, Connie Prince, Zita Stanley, Lillian Lima










(below from left) Paula Mims, Larry,
Doris Moore Bailey, Connie,
Zita, Lillian, Mary Jo Jarrett,
Lynn Mawhinney, Celeste
Deardorff, Ann Weeks

                                                (below) Ann, Paula, Sue          Mary Jo, Lynn

Voter Services Planning picture Ann, Paula, Sue Mary Jo & Lynn
          

Amendments

 
A number of Constitutional Amendments will appear on the Florida ballot in the General Election in November.  All eleven of the amendments were placed by the Legislature; there are no citizen initiatives on this ballot.  A brief summary is included below.

Later issues of the Voter will provided more in-depth coverage of these amendments. LWV Polk will provide a speaker to groups and organizations interested in a presentation on these amendment. Contact Janet Stevens at jstevens6@tampabay.rr.com or 510-5184.
 
Amendment Subject Description
No. 1 Health Care Services  An attempt to exempt Florida from a provision in the federal health care law known as the “individual mandate,” which requires all Americans to have health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties
No.2 Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans  Would reduce property tax revenue for schools and local government services
No.3 State Government Revenue Limitation An attempt to impose a new formula for calculating the state’s revenue cap.  It would replace the current tax limit that is based on personal income growth to a new limit based on population growth and consumer inflation. This limit would apply to all state taxes, fees and licenses. [TABOR]
No.4 Property Tax Exemption for Commercial Property Owners, 2nd Home Owners & First Time Home Buyers Would reduce property tax revenue for schools and local government services
No.5 State Courts An attempt to allow the state Senate to have confirmation power over appointees to the Florida Supreme Court; additionally, allows the Legislature more control over judicial procedures
No.6 Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions; Construction of Abortion Rights An attempt to exempt abortion rights from Florida’s constitutional right to privacy; also enshrines in the state Constitution federal and state law prohibiting public funds for most abortions
No.8 Religious Freedom An attempt to repeal a 126-year-old provision in the state Constitution that prohibits taxpayer funding of religious institutions
No.9 Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Veterans and First Responders Would reduce property tax revenue for schools and local government services
No.10 Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption An attempt to increase the tangible personal property tax exemption from $25,000 to $50,000
No.11 Property Tax Exemption for Low-Income Seniors Would reduce property tax revenue for schools and local government services
No.12 Student Member of Board of  Governors An attempt to replace the chair of the Florida Student Association as the student representative to the Board of Governors; would create a new student council from which the student representative would be selected

Thanks to the many of you who renewed your membership!  If you have not submitted dues yet, we hope to receive them shortly!

 
Our fiscal year and your membership is from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
 
Please submit your dues to:
 
Treasurer, LWV Polk County, PO Box 934, Lakeland, FL   33802

Dues

Individual                                                         $60

2ndmember of household                                    $30

Susan B. Anthony level            
 (individual dues, $60, plus $40 or more)           ______

Total:    (payable to LWV of Polk County)          $_______


Contact Us

LWV POLK COUNTY
 
      BOARD OF DIRECTORS                             OFF-BOARD SPECIALISTS
 
Mary Jo Jarrett, President               Lynn Mawhinney            Membership, Lynn Mawhinney  
               644-8527                              668-5555                                668-5555                 
President@lwvpolk.org             lynmawhinney@gmail.com      lynmawhinney@gmail.com


Paula Mims, Vice President        Nancy Simmons            Judy Walker, Voter Service Guide
686-0356                                       291-3734                                     299-9285                
VicePresident@lwvpolk.org   nmsimmons1@verizon.net   JudyWalker@polkelections.com


Ann Weeks, Secretary               Jerry Weeks                          Fundraising & Government
648-4127                                      948-4127                              Paula McKay Mims
Secretary@lwvpolk.org    2weeks@tampabay.rr.com    VicePesident@lwvpolk.org  


Janet Stevens, Treasurer                                                      Library, Barbara Stampfl
510-5184                                                                                   687-2787
Treasurer@lwvpolk.org                                                        stampfls@tampabay.rr.com   


Sandra Sheets                                               Speakers Bureau:  Affordable Health Care
682-0825                                                                              Janet Stevens
sandra.sheets@gray-robinson.com                                 jstevens6@tampabay.rr.com  


Sue Schultz, Voter Service Elections                           Voter Editor / Webmaster         
646-4634                                                                          Jerry Weeks         
VoterService@lwvpolk.org                                       Webmaster@lwvpolk.org

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