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Human Trafficking discussed at Lunch with the League
Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
“Oppose all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking” is a stated national position of the League of Women Voters. It’s shocking to realize that human trafficking is probably going on right here in Montgomery County. Last year there were more than 160 cases affecting youth in Indiana alone. An eye-opening presentation about the problem was given to the League by Kate Kimmer who is Regional Coalition Coordinator, Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP), Indiana Youth Services Association. She left us all stunned with the seriousness of the problem.
League celebrating the birth of Carrie Chapman Catt
Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:00 AM
January 9 marks the birthday of Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters. Catt was one of the key leaders of the suffrage movement and had an impressive life. Born in 1859 in Wisconsin, she graduated valedictorian of her 1880 class at Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) in just three years and was the only female in her class!
Catt was appointed superintendent of the Mason City Schools when she was just 24 years old and was one of the few female superintendents in the country at that time. In 1887, Catt began her crusade for woman suffrage when she joined the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association and organized suffrage events throughout the state, working as a dynamic lecturer and writer.
Start the year off with civic engagment
Thursday, December 29, 2016 4:00 AM
At this time of year when many of us make resolutions, the League of Women Voters encourages all to include citizen engagement in your goals for 2017.
The American governmental system, conceived by our founding fathers more than 200 years ago, has provided the framework for the most responsive government in the world; but it only works if citizens are informed and involved.
The League congratulates all the officials elected in November who will assume or continue their offices. Many other citizens will be serving as appointed members of city and county boards. Elected and appointed individuals are to be applauded for their community interest and willingness to serve the public.
County officials elected last November will be sworn in at a ceremony Friday, December 30, at 4:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in the Circuit Court courtroom.
Chief Norman speaks to League of Women Voters
Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:00 AM
“To Serve and Protect” was the topic presented by Mike Norman, Crawfordsville Chief of Police, at the December Lunch with the League. Chief Norman stated the Crawfordsville Police Department handles 19,000 to 20,000 calls a year and explained the many different ways our highly-trained police contribute to the quality of life in our community.
Twenty-five years ago, the number of yearly calls was about 5,000. Needless to say, a lot has changed in the last quarter century. Today’s police force consists of a full complement of 36 sworn Officers (33 men and three women).
League of Women Voters celebrates Bill of Rights Day
Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:00 AM
Today marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the “Bill of Rights.” Ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights guarantees fundamental civil and human rights of all citizens, residents, and visitors on United States territory.
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution include the freedoms of speech, press and religion, the people’s right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition, the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure and compelled self-incrimination.
Further, the Bill of Rights guarantees due process, trial by jury, prohibition of excessive bail as well as cruel and unusual punishment. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Luncheon seminar discusses gerrymandering
Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
“How Much Partisan Gerrymandering is Unconstitutional?” was the topic of a luncheon seminar sponsored by Indiana Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of Indiana Dec. 2 at the Indiana State House. The House of Representatives Chamber was packed with citizens and attorneys from throughout Indiana.
Every 10 years, the United States Constitution requires states to redraw their congressional and state legislative district lines. This is called redistricting, and every district that elects a representative to Congress or to a state legislature must be roughly equal in its total population.
State legislators have been able to draw the boundaries for the districts in which they will then run for office for the next 10 years. The Campaign Legal Center states that “partisan gerrymandering has never been worse in modern American history than it is today.”
League of Women Voters discusses state program
Thursday, December 01, 2016 4:00 AM
The League of Women Voters believes that government CAN work when citizens are INFORMED and INVOLVED. The League’s Mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government, to work to increase public understanding of major policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
In addition to the League’s many Voter Service activities, League members study and advocate on local, state, and national issues. State issues on the League’s agenda are voted on at the State Convention held in odd numbered years so Leaguers throughout Indiana are considering now issues which will be discussed at the State Convention in April.
Judge Siamas presents part one of Judicial History
Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:00 AM
One of the basic principles of The League of Women Voters is that “democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government.” To this end, Circuit Court Judge Harry A. Siamas spoke to the League about the early days of our judicial history at the League’s November Lunch with the League meeting.
On May 29, 1823 Judge Jacob Call arrived at the cabin of Crawfordsville’s first settler William Miller to organize Montgomery County’s first court. At that time, Crawfordsville was the seat of the judicial district of all the area lying north to the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Judge Call was born in Kentucky. He moved to Indiana, studied law and began practice in Vincennes. Judge Call was one of Indiana’s first trial court judges, and he served until July 1824 when he was elected to Congress.
League says thanks to all the workers who helped on Election Day
Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 AM
The League of Women Voters applauds all who participated in the November 8 General Election.
Montgomery County had a total of 15,471 citizens vote in Tuesday’s Election. This represents 63.64 percent of 24,309 registered voters—a great increase over the 38 percent who voted in November 2014 and only 22.85 percent in November, 2015.
The top 10 precincts with percentage of eligible voters participating were: Sugar Creek 76.16 percent, Union 3-75.09 percent, Union 2-74.75 percent, Union 7-73.93 percent, Union 6-73.48 percent, Franklin 71.71 percent, Union 1-71.59 percent, Union 5-71.37, Union 4-69.84 percent, and Scott 67.72 percent.
The 2016 election is very important
Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:00 AM
2016 Elections are exceedingly important for county, state, and federal offices. Every vote counts and can make a difference. The decisions of the elected officials will influence public policy for years. Voters must carefully consider the positions, experience and temperaments of the candidates. The media has been covering state and national campaigns with dramatic reporting.
But the first question on the ballot relates to a proposed Amendment to the Indiana Constitution. This has been a surprise to many voters as there was very little publicity about this proposed amendment even though it passed through State Legislature in both 2014 and 2015.
League teaches students about voting at Reality Store
Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:00 AM
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County provided a “Registration and Voting” booth at the Business and Professional Women’s annual Reality Store held Monday at the Boys & Girls Club. The BPW’s Reality Store exposes eighth graders in Montgomery County to the realities of adult life with students being assigned a profession, salary and family situations (single, married, number of children). Southmont Jr. High School, Crawfordsville Middle School, and Northridge Middle School students participated in this year’s Reality Store.
Toward a healthier Montgomery County
Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:05 PM
The mission of the Montgomery County Health Department is to improve individual and community health in Montgomery County through prevention, education and partner collaboration. This sounds simple but in reality it’s a herculean task for the eight-member staff. Amber Reed, Administrator for MCHD, explained the myriad of responsibilities the department has at a recent Lunch with the League.
What do you think of when someone mentions the health department to you? “Oh–they inspect restaurants” or “don’t they collect tires?” All true and just the tip of the iceberg. In a nutshell, health departments enforce state and local health laws and ordinances, investigate contagious diseases, administer immunizations, conduct sanitary inspections of food establishments, inspect public and semi-public swimming pools and septic system installations, develop plans for community preparedness for public health emergencies, maintain local birth and death records, and initiate and implement local health programs. Whew!
There’s more to Election Day than picking POTUS
Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:00 AM
Yesterday was the first day Montgomery County registered voters can VOTE EARLY! From Oct. 12 to Nov. 4, citizens can vote in the Montgomery County Court House Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will also be a number of additional early voting locations the last two weekends before the November 8 Election Day.
In addition to the offices for President and Vice President of the United States, US Senator, Representative, Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Schools, State Representatives, County Offices and School Board members, there are three public questions on the ballot, including two judicial retention questions. People are often puzzled by these and may ignore. But the vote on whether to retain a Judge is an important part of our judicial system in Indiana.
More options than ever to get out and vote
Thursday, October 06, 2016 8:52 PM
The 2016 Election is exceedingly important, and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County urges all eligible citizens to be sure to vote. This is the fundamental right and responsibility of each citizen. In order to vote, you must be registered, and the last day to register to vote in the 2016 election is Oct. 11. If you are not registered, go to the Court House and register today!
The LWV encourages citizens to consider voting early to avoid long lines on Election Day. Our Montgomery County officials have coordinated a tremendous variety of opportunities to make voting as convenient as possible for all citizens of Montgomery County.
Making Democracy Work for All
Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM
“Making Democracy Work for All” is the mission of the League of Women Voters. In this 2016 election year, many activities have taken place and continue.
Voting is the most fundamental right and responsibility of all American citizens. In order to vote, one must be registered and the League has been registering voters in a number of events this summer and fall—County 4-H Fair, monthly public Lunch with the League, Green Issues Movie Series and the All-In Block Party Harvest Hoopla on Sept. 24.
Sept. 27, was National Voter Registration Day and the League had voter registration at two venues. David Maharry organized Voter Registration at Wabash College at the Sparks Campus Center and at two fraternities. Eighty students were registered, many online and this included students not only from Indiana but also Illinois and California.
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