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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.

LWVBCC May 5 Ballot Proposal Meeting in Berrien Springs on April 22 at 6:30

The League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties is holding an information meeting on the May 5 Ballot Proposal. The meeting will be held Wednesday evening, April 22 at 6:30 at the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy Conference Room, One Sylvester Ave. in Berrien Springs. The speaker will be Judy Karandjeff, the Vice-President for Advocacy of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.

The May 5 ballot proposal is to amend the Michigan Constitution to increase the sales tax from 6% to 7% and to provide additional funding for road and bridge work as well as supplement funding for schools and municipalities. It's complicated! This presentation is open to the public and all voters are encouraged to attend. Everyone needs to be sure they understand what they are voting for or against.

The League also plans to video record this meeting and post it on this website.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan has also prepared an informative handout on on the ballot proposal. Read the LWVMI handout and print it out if you wish for your friends and family.

Lunch Meeting March 11 with Sheriff L. Paul Bailey

Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey was the speaker at the March 11 "Lunch with the League" at Coach's in Stevensville (regular home of these Lunch programs).

Sheriff Bailey explained the many roles of the Sheriff's department and his views on community policing in this county. He seemed to enjoy being there and his audience was enthralled.

Here in two segments is his presentation "Law Enforcement and the Berrien County Sheriff's Office"

Video One

Video Two

Rep. Dave Pagel on the May 5 Ballot Proposal: January 19

District 78 Representative Dave Pagel spoke at a "Lunch with the League" meeting on the subject of liquor, wine and beer distribution in Michigan. But as a bonus before lunch Pagel took questions on the roads and the upcoming vote in May on increasing the sales tax from 6% to 7%. Here is the video of that Q & A session.

League Turns 95 Years Young!

On February 14 the League of Women Voters celebrated it's 95th birthday! Six months before passage of the 19th Amendment, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt organized the League to "finish the fight" to ensure that all eligible voters had access to the polls. Read about the ten ways the League has helped improve our country on the LWVUS web site.

If you are not already a member, join this exciting organization now!

Keystone Pipeline Tops GOP Agenda?

President Obama vetoed a bill sent to him by Congress that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

A few things to keep in mind about this bill and the Keystone generally.

1. Was this an item that the GOP should have put at the top of its agenda? Is it even the most important item on the energy agenda?
2. The Keystone is a pipeline being proposed by Canadians to ship Canadian oil across our country to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast with no guarantee it will be consumed in the U.S.
3. The number of jobs that will be created by building the pipeline keeps shrinking, from 100,000 down to a few thousand, and these jobs will be temporary.
4. Do the Canadians still want to build the pipeline? Tar sands oil is expensive to extract and of low quality, getting $20-$30 less per barrel than sweet crude. If oil continues at its present $50/barrel plus or minus, oil sands production will no longer be economically viable and fields will shut down.
5.The oil drillers in Alberta are competing with our own domestic energy production companies.

This Keystone bill is political. It has everything to do with skewering the President and little to do with energy policy.

October Candidate Forum Videos On New Video Page of This Website

Judge Donna Howard has been sworn in and the Michigan legislature convened on January 14 with the new legislator Aaron Miller joining the veterans John Proos, Al Pscholka and Dave Pagel. The October candidate forums are now history, but LWVBCC thinks the video recordings still offer valuable insights into the views and attirudes of those who won, so we continue to offer access to them here for awhile longer and permanently on our new Video page.

Senate District 21 & House District 79 Forum video

House District 59 Forum video

5th Judicial District Forum video

LWVBCC Newsletters

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