Archives for April 2014

LWVMA Council 2014 May 10

Posted Apr 4, 2014; Updated May 2, 2014; Updated May 12

The 2014 LWVMA Council “Civility in Politics: Challenge to Good Government” will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Framingham State University. Council is an all-day all-member event that features a general assembly, buffet lunch, guest speaker on the theme topic, and workshops.

Seventy-two League members and staff attended LWVMA Council.

For full information on Council 2014, visit the Council webpage.

 

Monday April 13th: Pricing Carbon to Combat Climate Change: What Can We Learn from British Columbia?

British Columbia is coming to Massachusetts! British Columbia’s Minister of Environment, the Honorable Mary Polak, will be the featured speaker at the MIT forum: Pricing Carbon to Combat Climate Change: What Can We Learn from British Columbia.BC

LWVMA is supporting carbon pricing for Massachusetts again this legislative session and is now formally part of the growing coalition in the state to make this happen, starting with the visit of BC’s top government officials for the launch of the campaign.

British Columbia is proof positive that a carbon fee and rebate policy can work! 

Since 2008 and the enactment of carbon pricing in BC, their economy has grown at a higher rate than other provinces in Canada, emissions have decreased, and the political party that passed the bill has been re-elected… twice! This is a true success story.

On April 13, the Minister of Environment, and a delegation of policymakers, business leaders and advocates from British Columbia are coming to Boston to tell us how it worked – and how it could work here.

Learn all about it by joining LWV members from across the state and others at 1:00 PM at MIT’s Morss Hall, Walker Memorial. 

Click here to download the event flyer.

Massachusetts League of Women Voters Blasts McCutcheon Decision

4/2/2014 BOSTON—The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts strongly disagrees with Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission that aggregate campaign contribution limits are invalid. The case challenged the limits on the total contributions from an individual donor to candidates and political committees, limits that had been designed to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption.

“With this ruling, the Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reforms and protections and to enable the corrupting influence of moneyed interests on our democracy,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the state League.

“The Supreme Court is allowing our political process to be even further corrupted by huge financial contributions from special interests.”

“This and other recent Supreme Court decisions make it crucial that the Massachusetts legislature strengthen our state’s campaign finance laws with bills such as the ‘disclose act’ now pending in the legislature.”

The League of Women Voters of the United States filed an amicus brief in this case.

SCOTUS Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that aggregate campaign contribution limits are invalid in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The case challenged the limits on the total contributions from an individual donor to candidates and political committees in order to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption. The League of Women Voters of the U.S. joined an amicus brief in this case.

“In this decision, the Court opens another loophole by allowing our political parties to be further corrupted by big-money contributions from special interests. The party and Political Action Committee systems now become a huge funnel for corrupting elected officials across the country,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

In its press release, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts similarly criticized the decision.

“With this ruling, the Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reforms and protections and to enable the corrupting influence of moneyed interests on our democracy,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the state League.

“The Supreme Court is allowing our political process to be even further corrupted by huge financial contributions from special interests.”

“This and other recent Supreme Court decisions make it crucial that the Massachusetts legislature strengthen our state’s campaign finance laws with bills such as the ‘disclose act’ now pending in the legislature.”