Archives for October 2014

Local Leagues Offer Candidate, Ballot Question Forums

Local Leagues of Women Voters across Massachusetts are holding candidate forums for state and local elections, including many with candidates for the state legislature.   Leagues are also sponsoring information sessions on the four statewide ballot questions that will be on the November ballot.  You can find details on some of the forums on our calendar.  You can also check the websites of local Leagues in your area for news of any upcoming candidate or issues forums.

Yes on 2 Final Ad Push

The Yes on 2 campaign is increasing its ad time in the last few days before the election in an effort combat the relentless false ads from the No on 2 campaign.

 

Statement of the Yes on 2 Campaign to Update the Bottle Bill


November 4, 2014

The leaders of the Yes on 2 campaign expressed their disappointment in the outcome of Tuesday’s election, while recommitting to advancing the causes of environmental protection and recycling in Massachusetts.

“We might have lost the vote on Question 2 today, and we will look closely at what we could have done better, to be more effective as we move forward. But let’s be clear about what happened, ” said Janet Domenitz, executive director of MASSPIRG, one of the groups on the steering committee of Yes on 2. “The No on 2 campaign wasn’t stupid. They presented their side as pro-environment and pro-recycling because they understand that Massachusetts voters want more recycling, not less. That was the goal behind Question 2 and it remains our goal moving forward.”

Phil Sego, of the Sierra Club of Massachusetts, challenged the No on 2 campaign. “The big beverage lobby spent more than $9 million to win,” Sego said, referring to the American Beverage Association, a Washington D.C.,-based trade association which funded most of the “no” side. “Today, we’re challenging the industry: Show Massachusetts that the concern you expressed for our environment and recycling wasn’t just an election-year ad ploy. Commit to taking responsibility for the containers you sell in our state – especially when it comes to on-the-go beverages like bottled water.”

Recent figures from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) show that 80 percent of containers with a deposit are recycled, while only 23 percent of non-refundable containers—like water bottles and sports drinks—are recycled. The rest of become litter or trash.

“We’re disappointed in the results today, but we are so proud that so many citizens took part in our campaign,” added Jack Clarke of the Mass Audubon Society. “Our democracy is stronger because of their actions and we know that their energy and commitment will produce better results for our environment in the years to come.”

“It’s unfortunate, but big money in politics can drown out other voices,” said Anne Borg, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “The Yes on 2 volunteers did all they could, but it’s tough to compete with $9 million in ads. It’s time to get the money out of our political process.”

Yes on 2 was endorsed by dozens of state and local environmental and civic organizations, including the Appalachian Mountain Club, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, the Environmental League of MA, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and many more. Gov. Deval Patrick, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, and many more elected officials were endorsers of the campaign.

 

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League of Women Voters’ Election Guide Features All Candidates for Statewide Office

9/30/2014 BOSTON—All 21 candidates for statewide offices on the November ballot have answered questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

Their responses are presented in a Voters’ Guide to Statewide Offices now available on the League’s website, www.lwvma.org.

The five candidates for governor answered questions on economic development, education, transportation, climate change and health care. Candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor answered questions specific to those offices.

Voters can use the guide to read each candidate’s responses to all the questions or to read all the candidates’ responses to a particular question.

“We hope voters across the Commonwealth will use this voters’ guide to help make informed choices as they go to the polls on Nov. 4,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank all the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

League of Women Voters’ Election Guide Features Responses From All Primary Candidates

8/13/2014 BOSTON—All 20 candidates for statewide offices on the Democratic and Republican party primary ballots have answered questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

Their responses are presented in a Primary Election Voters’ Guide to Statewide Offices now available on the League’s website, www.lwvma.org.

The candidates for governor answered questions on economic development, education, transportation, climate change and health care. Candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor answered questions specific to those offices.

Following the Sept. 9 primary election, the League will update the voters’ guide and add responses from any independent candidates who qualify for the ballot in the general election Nov. 4.

Voters can use the guide to read each candidate’s responses to all the questions or to read all the candidates’ responses to a particular question.

“We hope voters across the Commonwealth will use this voters’ guide to help make informed choices as they go to the polls on Sept. 9,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank all the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

League Leaders Lunch, October 25, 2014, Marlborough

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LWVMA League Leaders’ Lunch
Membership and Leadership Development Training Workshop

Saturday, October 25, 2014; 11 am-3 pm
Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA 01752

The focus of this event was membership and leadership development. The Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Program coaches led the interactive workshops.

50 League members attended. The cost was $20 per attendee.

Program

(click on the topic for corresponding handouts)

  1. Welcome and Introductions (Anne Borg and Marilyn Peterson, LWVMA Co-Presidents)
  2. Opening Exercise (Jean Cherdack, LWVMA Director; Anne Borg)
  3. Workshop 1 “Making the ASK” (Carol Bullivant, MLD Coach, LWV Hamilton-Wenham)
  4. Nominating Committee (Shelia Martin, Chair)
  5. Lunch
  6. Phonathon (Dee Ortner, LWVMA Secretary/Development Chair, LWV Concord-Carlisle)
  7. Workshop 2 “Developing Leaders” (Dee Ortner, MLD Coach)
  8. Workshop 3 “Event Planning Checklist” (Pam Holland, MLD Coach, LWV Westford)
  9. Wrap-up (Karen Price, LWVMA Vice President, LWV Needham)
  10. Pick up Phonathon materials (Dee Ortner)

League Opportunities Sign Up Sheet

League Opportunities–sign up for statewide committees, task forces and roles.

Membership and Leadership Development Program

For information on the MLD program and application, click here.

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