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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.

Primary Election August 5

Don't forget to vote on August 5! It is especially important if there are any contests in your district(s). Primary turnout is often low, with relatively few voters making the decisions and leading to some unexpected results.

There is one proposal on the ballot--Proposal 1. It can be confusing, so to help voters understand the proposal here is the LWVMI Voter Guide explanation, including pros and cons.

If you want to read more, the Citizens Research Council always does an excellent job. Read their piece on Proposal 1.

Rich Robinson Wows at Campaign Finance Meeting

As Debra Haight of the Herald Palladium put it in the title of her article on Rich's Robinson's presentation-- "Sunshine Scarce in Campaign Financing".

On Wednesday, July 16 at the Vickers Theatre campaign finance expert Rich Robinson talked about "Dark Money and the Future of Politics". It is not a pretty picture, as the very rich and influential have found numerous ways to fund campaign spending in the shadows. Rich, Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, spends much of his time trying to figure out who is spending the money, why, and how. A lot of campaign spending is not subject to public disclosure. This makes it particularly pernicious, especially in judicial elections.

League Holds District 59 GOP Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters and four co-sponsors (Leader Publications, Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, Dowagiac Rotary and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International) held a forum for the four Republican candidates running to replace Matt Lori as state representative. Mr. Lori is term limited and in that situation there is often a large field.

The four candidates are John Bippus, Aaron Miller, Roger Rathburn and Bob Sills. The winner in the primary will face Democrat Mike Moroz in the November general election.

District 59 includes Cass and St. Joseph counties.

Read the Leader Publications article on the forum.

Listen to a recording of the forum on PodBean.

Updated Vote411 Available Now for Primary

Vote411.org Find the facts about voting in Michigan at Vote411.org. Vote 411 is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and Michigan -specific information.

Included are candidate profiles and voter guide type Q&A for the statewide races as wel as Congressional, state senate and state representative races. Not all candidates participated or got their materials in by the deadline, but many did and we thank them. There is also material on the one ballot proposal with a pro and con argument. The proposal is potentially confusing.

You do have to make a few clicks to get to your sample ballot, but it is a national database that has to work its way to your ballot.

LWVBCC Releases 2014 Annual Report at Annual Meeting

The League's 2014 Annual Report is now available. The report reviews the 2013-14 League year and includes a financial report. It was distributed in hard copy to those members who attended the Annual Meeting.

Pictures at left is the Annual Meeting speaker Larry Webber, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at the Cook Nuclear Plant. With him is Monica Eberhardt, a LWVBCC Board member and another Cook employee. Larry spoke about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and what has been learned from it.

Youth Voter Registration Drive A Big Success!

League members have registered 279 students at eight high schools and two community colleges in Berrien and Cass Counties. The picture on the right was taken at Niles High School.

This project was headed by Voter Service Chair John Ripley and Special Projects Board member Earl Bickett.

LWV Presentation on Michigan Education Issues Available

The League of Women Voters of MIchigan has prepared a presentation on current education issues in Michigan and the League of Berrien and Cass Counties will make the presentation to groups interested in learning more on the current status of public education in Michiganand Governor Snyder's proposals to change education in Michigan. If you are interested please e-mail Chris Zilke at president@lwvbcc.org.

LWVBCC Newsletters

View our informative e-newsletter, published almost monthly. The July 2014 newsletter is now available. It is a copy of an e-newsletter and does not have the same professional appearance as the original. If you would like to join our mailing list email wm@lwvbcc.org.