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BCRA: making a difference

BCRA: making a difference Anthony Corrado The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), the McCain-Feingold law, is the most important piece of campaign finance legislation since the adoption of the 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act. BCRA addressed the two biggest problems in the campaign finance system by banning the use of soft money in federal elections […]

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LWV of Greater Tucson

LWV of Greater Tucson – Leagues in Action For their successful get-out-the-vote campaigns, forums and workshops, LWV of Greater Tucson and League member Jeanne Connell received a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented to LWV of Greater Tucson, in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.” The League concentrated onHispanic areas of the […]

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Making a difference

Making a difference Kay J. Maxwell The LWVUS Board and I want to highlight 2003’s successes that you will read about in more detail in this issue. It is important for us all to toot our own horn when we are making a difference! Due to the efforts of Leagues around the country, the League […]

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We must go back so that we can move forward

We must go back so that we can move forward – Sounding Off Susan Safi-Rafiq I have been asked time and again what was life like in Afghanistan before 1979? Did my country have a constitution, schools, colleges and hospitals? Everyone is amazed when they learn about the past, especially the past of Afghan women. […]

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LWV first-seeking leaders with visions

LWV first-seeking leaders with visions – LWVUS Nominations Connie Ferguson An Invitation from the Nominating Committee The League’s future national leaders currently are active in their local Leagues or serve on state League boards and committees. They are women and men who have the talent, skills, energy and vision to contribute to LWVUS through serving […]

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Presidential selection,—the voter’s perspective

Presidential selection,—the voter’s perspective Over the years, the presidential selection process has seen many changes. Some have clearly improved the process, while others have been of questionable value over the long term. The League of Women Voters’ presidential selection update looked at these processes and held them up for comparison with League values that favor […]

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Election day and you: 5 things you need to know

Election day and you: 5 things you need to know Kelly L. Ceballos The period following the 2000 election was a confusing time for our nation. The 37 days that it took to determine the 43rd President of the United States revealed an election system in disarray. The core pillars of our democracy were shaken. […]

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judicial independence does not just happen all by itself. It is tremendously hard to create, and easier than most people imagine to destroy

A fair, impartial and independent judiciary: judicial independence does not just happen all by itself. It is tremendously hard to create, and easier than most people imagine to destroy Sandra Day O’Connor For more than 85 years, the League of Women Voters has been helping to support our democracy through citizen education. This is an […]

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LWVs of the Oneonta Area and the Cooperstown Area, NY

LWVs of the Oneonta Area and the Cooperstown Area, NY The LWVs of the Oneonta Area and the Cooperstown Area, NY, worked with the Otsego County Board of Representatives to ensure fair and legal redistricting so all voters are equally represented. Two propositions were voted down and the last one was adopted without a vote […]

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In search of reform

In search of reform – Race For The Nomination William G. Mayer Over the last several decades, few institutions in American national government have been as consistently controversial as the presidential nomination process. The basic rules of this process were almost completely rewritten in the early 1970s, and from the moment the reforms first took […]