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Monday, February 20, 2017

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Feb. 14 marked the 97th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, six months before the ratification of 19th amendment granting all women in the United States the right to vote.
    The 19th Amendment was the culmination of a 72 year effort which began in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Visionary and courageous individuals throughout the country, including Zerelda Wallace, step-mother of Lew Wallace, were key suffrage supporters.
    From its beginning in 1920, the LWV has provided service to voters and influenced public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party and is now open to men as well as women. Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. 
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  • Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    Circuit Court Judge Harry A. Siamas spoke to the Feb. 6 Lunch with the League meeting about Montgomery County’s judicial history from the end of the pioneer era to modern times.
    Most of Montgomery County’s judges have played prominent roles in the history of our state and in some cases our nation. For instance, Judge William Bryant served in the militia during the Black Hawk War of 1832. He worked to elect Jackson Democrats to state office and as a reward President James Polk appointed Bryant Chief Justice of the Oregon Territory in 1849. Returning to Indiana Bryant won election and served as Circuit Court Judge from 1852 to 1858.
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  • Thursday, February 02, 2017 4:00 AM
    The LWVMC Economic Health Committee has studied housing in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County for the past two years. The League believes that understanding housing issues in our community is important to our overall economic health. The availability of housing at all price levels is essential for an economically balanced and successful community.
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  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Women’s marches and rallies Saturday, Jan. 21 attracted millions of participants at more than 600 locations throughout the United States with six in Indiana. A number of Montgomery County residents participated in the Lafayette 2 p.m. gathering at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. There was a remarkably diverse group of women and men of all ages and also children from pre-school to high school as well as collegiate students. The atmosphere was one of solidarity and positive hope and commitment for a better future.
    Paul Foster provided prelude music with Jeffrey All and Rick Mummey singing “ Teach Your Children Well” and several other inspirational songs throughout the afternoon program.
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  • League publishing updated FOCUS on Montgomery County
    Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    An updated and enhanced FOCUS on MONTGOMERY COUNTY has recently been published by the League of Women Voters. The first FOCUS was compiled in 1969. Nancy Bennett edited this 11th edition with assistance of the LWV Editorial Committee and many community members. Special thanks to Dr. Kathy Steele for the photographs which appear throughout FOCUS and to Oscar Anderson who designed the cover and coordinated printing.
    The 115 page book features 19 chapters. The first chapter includes a fascinating history of the county, Crawfordsville, and 11 townships with information on the origin of names of villages, towns and townships as well as other historic sites in Crawfordsville and information on a number of history organizations.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • 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.”
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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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