Category Archives: Drinks & Dialogue

Let the Women Vote!

Celebrating Colorado’s Pioneering Journey to Women’s Suffrage

Don’t miss this engaging evening with Colorado historian, Dr. Marcia Goldstein.

The League of Women Voters invites the public to attend our next Drinks & Dialogue event:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Salida Scout Hut in Riverside Park 210 E. Sackett Avenue, Salida

Bring your friends to celebrate the 100th anniversary of both women’s right to vote and the creation of the League of Women Voters. The evening includes free appetizers, birthday cake, and a cash bar.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The National Popular Vote Plan:  What is it? How does it Work?

Should the majority of voters pick the President?  Has the electoral college become a problem?  The National Popular Vote (NPV) plan guarantees election of the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

Join us on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:00 at Sangre de Cristo Electric Cooperative at 29780 US Hwy 24 N, Buena Vista for an evening with Sylvia Bernstein, the co-chair of the Colorado National Vote.  She will discuss how the national popular vote plan works, why it matters and the current status of the legislation both in Colorado and the nation.  Join us for this timely presentation. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask your questions and discuss the issues around this bipartisan plan to move away from the electoral college to a popular vote for president.  Free drinks and appetizers.

LWVCC presents Drinks & Dialogue on Money Matters: Education Funding Issues in Colorado and the Nation

The speakers are :
Dr Robert Slavin: Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and contributing education columnist  for the Huffington Post.

Tracie Rainey: Executive Director of the Colorado School Finance Project

David Blackburn: Salida School District Superintendent
and Janice Martin filled in for Lisa Yates: Buena Vista School Superintendent 

Redistricting: Making Everyone’s Vote Count

Moving Colorado and the Country toward Non-partisan Redistricting

Chaffee County League of Women Voters hosted another Drinks and Dialogue Event on April 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Sangre de Cristo Community Room, 29780 Hwy 25, Buena Vista, CO

“To the winner goes the spoils” is the traditional method of redistricting in many states, including Colorado. Whoever controls the state government creates the voting districts for state legislators and Congress. Many of those voting districts are then drawn to assist the party that is currently in power to stay in control of those seats.

Is this the best way to ensure that voters are well represented and reside in districts that make sense?

How partisan are voting districts in Colorado?

Come and learn about non-partisan proposals for redistricting in Colorado as well as national trends to create geographically sensible, non-partisan districts to more fairly represent voter preferences.
Follow the redistricting discussion progress documents here.

Two Colorado state League of Women Voters members, Toni Larson, President of the Colorado League of Women Voters and Jean Fredlund, Director and Chair of the League Redistricting Committee have been involved with a broad coalition of Colorado organizations to propose several bills to create non-partisan voting districts. They will speak and lead a discussion of these issues.

Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided.
Join us for a thought provoking evening.

Link to Video shown prior to the presentation

What Happened to the Facts?

Fake news fatigue? Democracy damaged?

The Chaffee County League of Women Voters hosted a public Drinks & Dialogue event  on February 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
at the Bounty Restaurant in Salida.

What Happened to the Facts? Three eminent journalists will discuss the impact of “fake news “ on democracy and the role of the press in keeping citizens informed in an era of highly partisan politics and siloed information.
Panel members include:

Tom Linthicum,  journalism professor at the University of Maryland, former City Editor of the Baltimore Sun, and Executive Editor of the Daily Record, Baltimore’s business and legal newspaper, and professor of journalism at the University of Maryland. Tom is scheduled to Skype in.

Elizabeth Skewes, Chair of the Journalism Department at the University of Colorado. Dr. Skewes focuses on media sociology, news practices and the role of media in electoral policy.

Andrew Calabrese, professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado focusing on the role of media in supporting civil society and social justice.

Bring your questions for our panel and join us for appetizers and an engaging and thought provoking evening of discussion.

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Money in Politics – Drinks & Dialogue

On Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Branding Iron in BV featured speaker, Caroline Fry, the Advocacy & Media Manager with Colorado Common Cause discussed with an audience of about 40 people how money affects state and local races. She shared hands-on strategies to use to track money in Colorado politics. The audience enjoyed complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.


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Director Jason Grant Smith to Participate in the Screening of his Film, I Voted? at the League of Women Voter’s Drinks and Dialogue Event at the Boathouse in Salida, on October 26th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

How do you know if your vote was counted? How do you know if the electronic voting systems that are increasingly used by states are accurate? I Voted? is a film which was featured at the Tribeca film festival this past year that investigates these concerns. Produced by Katie Couric and directed by Jason Grant Smith, the film takes a close look at some of the serious security problems with electronic voting.

Come to this League of Women Voters Drinks and Dialogue event on October 26th, at the Boathouse, 228 North F Street, Salida to see the film and have a post film discussion. Jason Grant Smith, the director, will participate remotely to answer questions and make comments about the film. Lori Mitchell, County Clerk will also be available to answer questions about the Colorado approach to issues of voter security. Buy a drink, enjoy some appetizers provided by the League and join us for this enjoyable and thought-provoking evening.