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Letter to the Evansville C&P Editor: KEEP REDISTRICTING HOPES ALIVE

Citizens plan to continue to fight for an Independent, nonpartisan Redistricting Commission in Indiana and to make the 2018 session of the Indiana legislature a referendum on redistricting reform.

Many districts around the state are non-competitive.  Often our citizens do not have a true choice of candidates, either within or between parties.

In Indiana The League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Hoosier Environmental Council, Citizens Action Coalition, Enterprise Republicans, Women 4 Change, Friends Committee on Legislation, and others, are committed to helping ensure that redistricting is done in a non-partisan, fair, and transparent way.  In addition to the cities and counties in Indiana that have passed resolutions endorsing redistricting reform, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed the resolution for redistricting reform. 

Indiana House Bill 1014 was the redistricting reform bill (co-sponsored by Speaker Brian Bosma (R) and Rep. Jerry Torr (R) that followed recommendations of the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting Reform which met during 2016.  As reported in a Courier Press article 2-20-17, HB1014 was heard in committee on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 but not brought to the floor for a vote.  What is encouraging is that a committee member who had been unsure about the bill indicated that the great citizen support he witnessed led to a decision to support it, had a vote been held.  Were others willing to support the bill also?  We have been deprived of knowing how OUR representatives would have voted.

We encourage you to stay informed and to talk with both your Indiana House and Senate legislators to encourage their support for legislation establishing a nonpartisan redistricting commission during the 2018 legislative session.

from Meg Connolly, Chairperson of the Redistricting Committee of the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana

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LUNCH WITH THE LEAGUE

Topic: Fake News

Speaker: Tim Ethridge, Editor, Evansville Courier & Press

Date, time, and place: Thursday, March 23 at McCollough Branch Library 
Lunch and networking at 11:30 am.  Talk at Noon.

Details: Public is invited.  Come just for the talk or come for lunch. 

Lunch is $12 and reservations are required
Email Pam Locker at
alandscaper@hotmail.com

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DOWNLOAD A REDISTRICTING BROCHURE

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MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS

Evansville Central Library

Local state legislators are invited to make themselves available to answer questions on select Saturdays during each year's legislative session. 

MYL sponsors are the Evansville Teachers Association, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, League of Women Voters of SWIN, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 136, Teamsters Local 215, United Neighborhoods of Evansville, and Valley Watch

2017 sessions:

Saturday, January 14
Saturday, February 11
Saturday, March 11
Saturday, April 8

Doors open at 9 am.  Sessions start at 9:15 am and end at 11 am.

Due to a scheduling equipment breakdown at WNIN the February-April 2017 sessions will NOT be aired on WNIN Channel 12.

They WILL be 
available for streaming on the WNIN website under Regional Voices. Direct links will be posted as they become available.

January 14 session: 1/20/17 at 8pm and 1/22/17 at 6pm  streaming at http://video.wnin.org/video/2365942057/
February 11 session streaming here
March 11 session:
April 8 session:

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Nick LaRowe's Powerpoint on Campaign Finance at the October League Lunch on YouTube

Kate Hein's PowerPoint on TPP/Globalization at the September League Lunch on YouTube

Lezlie Simmons, President
P. O. Box 4456   Evansville, IN 47724


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