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.
Included are candidate profiles and voter guide type Q&A for the statewide races as well as Congressional, state senate, state representative and some local races. Not all candidates participated, but many did and we thank them.
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.
These forums are being presented by LWVBCC and co-sponsors the Berrien County Bar Association, Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, Leader Publications, Dowagiac Rotary, Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of the Three Oaks Area, Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
"I'd like to do what I can to help bring debates between our gubernatorial candidates to Michigan voters so they can make an informed decision on Election Day," said Susan Smith, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. "I believe that sitting down at a table together to discuss dates, times, moderators and formats for televised debates will be productive and have a positive outcome that will benefit Michigan voters, as well as Gov. Snyder and Congressman Schauer."
Smith this week sent a letter to the campaign managers for Snyder and Schauer requesting that the two sides come together for a meeting. The League of Women Voters of Michigan is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government by citizens. That core belief includes ensuring that voters are educated about candidates and issues before heading to the polls on Election Day.
Smith offered three dates and times for a meeting in early September to take place at the League's office in Lansing.
Smith said: "Voters will see a lot of political ads from all sides between now and Election Day. Debates will help voters cut through the rhetoric and get to hear from the candidates in their own words and more fully understand where they stand on important issues. The League is willing to help in any way it can to facilitate debates."
The recording equipment will also be used to record various League presentations for later viewing by interested parties.
Many thanks to the Pokagon Fund for not only providing the funding for the purchase of this equipment, but also for recognizing the importance of getting candidate information out to the voters "live". It makes a difference to hear and see the candidates in a forum situation.
There were a few cross overs, but mainly the legislators voted along party lines.
The League has no position on the hunting of wolves, but we are concerned about the process whereby ballot initiatives are voted on by the Legislature before the election. The Michigan constitution allows the Legislature to do this within 40 days of receiving the initiative petition, but in voting an initiative petition into law the Legislature pre-empts the right of the voters to vote on the issue, whatever it may be. Two other twists: The governor has no authority to veto the new bill and if the Legislature adds any appropriation, as they do here, it means the bill is not subject to any future referenda.
The Legislature has done this pre-emptive passage of initiative petitions a number of times recently (most recently on the minimum wage).
There is an good Associated Press article on the many aspects of this issue that appeared in numerous state newspapers recently.
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.
to a recording of the forum on PodBean. Sorry the recording is no longer available.
This project was headed by Voter Service Chair John Ripley and Special Projects Board member Earl Bickett.