Making Democracy Work

MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

NEWSLETTER

The MARCH NEWSLETTER is here to read

NEXT PUBLIC MEETING

ANN ARBOR ELECTIONS: EXPLORING OPTIONS

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14th at the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth

Second of a two-part series of programs sponsored by the League of Women Voters exploring the way we elect Ann Arbor local officials, specifically the mayor and city council, determining whether partisan elections are best, and examining whether all segments of the community-students and minorities most specifically--are served by and invested in our current system.

Panelists: Professor John Chamberlin, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk

Professor Joseph Ohren, Eastern Michigan University

The first forum on this topic was videotaped by the Library and can be viewed by clicking HERE

VOTE 411 IS UP AND READY FOR MAY 5TH ELECTION

Vote411.org

Enter your address and follow the prompts in the green boxes to find your ballot information. State Proposal 1 (AKA Road Tax Proposal) contains helpful information from the League.

PROPOSAL 1 - SALES TAX INCREASE VOTE MAY 5

BEFORE YOU VOTE MAY 5TH, LEARN THE FACTS ABOUT STATE BALLOT PROPOSAL 1. Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment.

Ann Arbor Library presentation on Proposal 1 by Sue Smith, LWV-Michigan President

and a pdf of slides from her presentation.

PROPOSAL SUMMARY prepared by LWV-MI

The Detroit Free Press has published Roads 101: What you need to know about Proposal 1.

And for more on-line information on this topic, click HERE

PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes

Saturday April 18 1-4PM at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Council, League of Women Voters and ROAD (Reclaiming our American Democracy). Program details TBA. What is the Pay 2 Play System? Director John Ennis looks upon our Monopoly-inspired system of government, and identifies how money in politics is the obstacle to any meaningful change. Studying the outlandish Coingate scandal in Ohio, Ennis grasps that the primary function of pay-to-play politics is to repay the donor with public money--way more money than donors put in.

RICH ROBINSON OF THE MICHIGAN CAMPAIGN FINANCE NETWORK WILL LEAD A DISCUSSION FOLLOWING THE MOVIE.

ANNUAL MEETING MAY 19

MICHIGAN RADIO'S ZOE CLARK TALKS POLITICS AT LWV-AAA ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING, MAY 19

Ann Arbor's favorite political junkie, Zoe Clark, will be the keynote speaker at this year's 2015 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area on Tuesday, May 19.

This free event, to which the public is welcomed, will be held at the Kerrytown Concert Hall, 415 N. Fourth Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Metered parking is available adjacent to the hall and within easy walking distance.

Ms. Clark, co-host (with Michigan Capitol reporter Rick Pluta) of the popular weekly Michigan Radio segment, It's Just Politics, will give a behind-the-scenes look at how politics is -- or isn't -- currently working at the state capitol. Using Proposal One as an example, she will talk about the intra-party dynamics among Republicans, how Democrats are working to stay relevant in a GOP-controlled Legislature, and what this all means for 2016 elections and beyond.

Following Ms. Clark's talk, the LWV-AAA will hold its business meeting. Light refreshments will be served.

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

LWV-AAA prepared listing of names and contact information of elected officials including local officials, as well as state and national. YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

WHO'S WHO IN LANSING

And how to contact them. See 2015-2016 Citizen's Guide to Government issued by the Michigan Legislature; includes state agencies.