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 Do Your Recyclables Become?

The Chaffee County League of Women Voters invited the public to come learn about what REALLY happens to our recycled materials from Angel of Shavano Recycling on March 12, 2018  from  Noon – 1:00 pm at the Sangre De Cristo meeting room in Buena Vista, CO.

WE’RE AT A CRITICAL TURNING POINT: Climate change. Plastics in our oceans. Toxic chemicals in our food and water. We can choose a different future. We can start by eliminating the very concept of waste. The league would like to thank Mickey Barry of Angel of Shavano Recycling for his time and wealth of knowledge. Watch the meeting video here:

Links to learn more:

What Do Your Recyclables Become?

Looking for recycling and composting guidelines?


Candi-dating RETURNS!

League to Host

Buena Vista Town Government Candidates

2018 Candi-dating in BV

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 6:00 to 8:30

at the McGinis Middle School Gym,
South Railroad St., Buena Vista, CO 81211

It’s a Political Party!

Candidate speed-dating – each candidate has the opportunity to make 2-minute opening remarks followed by table rotation to small groups of voters.

Come visit with the 11 trustee candidates and 2 mayoral candidates in small group settings.

For more information go to
lwvChafeeCounty.org

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What Happened to the Facts?

Fake news fatigue? Democracy damaged?

CITIZENS OF CHAFFEE COUNTY COLORADO TALK ABOUT IT!
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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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTY?

On Feb. 12, at the United Methodist Church, 228 E 4th, Salida, CO Chaffee County Commissioners Dave Potts, Keith Baker and Greg Felt answered questions from members and the public.

Chaffee County, Colorado Commissioners Potts, Baker and Felts gave updates and took questions about the state of the county.

POLITICAL PARTY CAUCUSES & PRIMARY ELECTIONS 101

On January 8th, 2018 the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado hosted an informational presentation on Political Party Caucuses and Primary Elections 101. Guest speaker was Chaffee County Clerk, Lori Mitchell.
An overview of Party Caucuses and New Rules regulating CO Primary Elections including Unaffiliated Voters Participation was discussed. View the Video:

 

America’s Federal Public Lands Face Big Challenges

On December 11 at Noon at the United Methodist Church in Salida at 228 E. 4th St. Sue Greiner and Kathy McCoy representing Arkansas Valley Women United presented on America’s Public Lands.

Since well over 80% of Chaffee County is public land of some kind, you might want to learn more about the challenges surrounding these lands.

In the past year, the current Congress and the Department of Interior have aggressively pursued numerous initiatives that threaten to diminish our federal public lands–reducing national monuments, gutting the Antiquities Act, cutting agency budgets, weakening resource extraction regulations, and proposing to divest our Federal Public Lands to the individual states. Sue Greiner and Kathy McCoy, as a project of the Arkansas Valley Women United, will discuss the Bears Ears National Monument review, as well as these other concerns and their implications for Chaffee County, Colorado and the West.

Public Lands Slide Show

KeepPublicLandsPublic

Sue Greiner has co-owned Wilderness Aware Rafting in Buena Vista for 32 years. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and a B.A. in Sustainability Studies. Sue piloted a community solar project in Buena Vista and is on the board of Friends of Browns Canyon. She is an avid hiker, loves to travel, and is passionate about protecting our public lands.

Kathy McCoy taught graphic design for 32 years. She has applied her design skills and experiences to local organizations like GARNA, USFS, Town of BV and volunteers for Friends of Four Mile, the Stage & Rail Trail, and various land use initiatives. She chaired a focus group in the Chaffee County Land Use Roundtable and the Citizens Code Committee.

 

Money in Politics

Money in Politics: What it is and What Can Be Done About It.
The public was invited to attend this informational presentation on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Sangre de Cristo Community Room in Buena Vista, Colorado from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Rionda Osman, from LWV of Boulder County’s Campaign Finance Reform Team, spoke about money in politics at the national, state and local levels, including ways we can advocate for improvements in election financing.

Money in Politics Action Kit

Printable slides from the Money in Politics Presentation below

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. Below are the slides from the presentation.

Money in Colorado Politics Common Cause Slideshow

Caroline recommend a few things that you may find interesting:

The Secretary of State’s TRACER website: http://tracer.sos.colorado.gov/PublicSite/homepage.aspx

This is where you can see every dollar coming in and out of every committee that is raising and spending money in Colorado elections. I am hoping to record and release a short video explaining how the public can use the website to “follow the money” during the 2018 elections. For now, you can watch the Secretary of State’s training videos on their website (pay specific attention to 7) search contributions & 8) search expenditures):  http://tracer.sos.colorado.gov/PublicSite/WebTraining.aspx

Colorado Common Cause email list:
www.commoncause.org/sign-up.html

Folks who sign up will hear about what we’re working on throughout the year, including action alerts, special events, and Common Cause news.

Colorado Action Committee:
co.commoncause.org/action   

This is a sign-up list for Common Cause activists who want to do more than just receive occasional emails from us. I personally email this list bi-weekly with updates about how they can get plugged into our work. For example, there’s a net neutrality rally that we’re planning in December 9th, and some of my action committee members are helping us with the planning.

Additionally, folks can follow Common Cause on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.

 

Candi-dating

Date of public event: October 11, 2017 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
League to Host Salida City Government Candidates
at the Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, Salida, CO 81201
The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County (LWVCC) has announced the League will host a public event for Salida City Government Candidates – Mayor and City Council. Candidates participating are
  • Ward 1 candidates Monica Griesenbeck and Dan Shore,
  • Ward 2 candidates Justin Critelli and Richard Leavitt, and
  • Ward 3 candidates incumbent Melodee Hallett and challenger Harald Kaspar.
  • Mayoral Candidate incumbent Jim Livecchi is scheduled to attend, but his challenger, PT Wood is unable to attend due to a prior out-of-town commitment. A proxy for Mr. Wood will make introductory remarks in his stead.

Ballots will be distributed during the week of October 16.

It’s a Political Party!  Traditionally, the LWVCC has conducted forums using a model in which audience members have their questions asked of candidates through a moderator.  Because of the number of candidates, we feel that the answers to questions would become redundant, and due to time constraints, a limited number of questions could be answered.  We propose use a different forum model, one called by one local league “Candi-Dating.” Check out this link (http://lwv.org/blog/candi-dating-using-speed-networking-meet-candidates) to read about it.  After each candidate has the opportunity to make 2-minute opening remarks, the process will essentially follow a speed-dating model.  This is the same model successfully used last year for Chaffee County Commissioners and HD 60 candidates in Salida and Buena Vista.

The LWVCC’s mission for the past 15 years has been to provide opportunities for local citizens to hear candidates running for office and learn about ballot issues.”  The LWVCC does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. It is a local community organization open to all persons 18 years of age and older. For information, visit lwvchafeecounty.org.

Candi-Dating Volunteers Needed
Dear LWVCC Member,
Some of you helped with last year’s successful Chaffee County Commissioner/HD 60 Candi-Dating event and know how exciting the evening can be.  To date, we have seven of eight candidates committed to attending the event, hence we need seven volunteer table moderators.  Volunteers will also function as greeters, assigning attendees to numbered tables.  Candidates will move from table to table at ten minute intervals so we also need a time keeper.  Help setting up and taking down will also be appreciated.  Please contact me by email or cell phone below if you are available and willing to help.

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Thanks,
Scott Hartman
LWVCC Voter Service Coordinator
Shmhd81211@gmail.com
719-221-4580Neither Candi-Dating nor our more traditional Candidate Forums would be possible without the help of volunteers like you.  Nearly 130 Chaffee County voters (75 in BV; 52 in Salida) had the opportunity to get to know the candidates and where they stand on local issues over the two evenings’ events.  I think that Candi-Dating gives us a dynamic new tool to educate voters and make candidates accessible to Chaffee County voters.Buena Vista: There are no contested races for the BV School Board.  Scott attended an informational meeting about 3-A, the school bond issue.  After speaking with Earl Richmond and Lisa Yates, we felt that the weekly informational meetings conducted by the school district was adequate for getting out the positive vote.  Both noted that much of the opposition to last year’s 3-A had dissolved and some had even indicated that this year’s 3-A was really what they wanted all the time.