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Holiday Social

Join the League as we celebrate the Holidays
        When: Sunday, December 14
        Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM
        Where: Riviera Party Room
            615 Bayshore Dr, Pensacola, FL
        Hosts: Suzanne and Randle Carpenter    

Bring: Finger food and/or wine to share with League friends.
        You and your guests are welcome!

Directions: Heading West from downtown on Barancas Avenue, pass St. Thomas More Church and Turn Left on PALEO Street, just past the white picket fence. Follow Paleo to Bayshore Drive. Turn LEFT on Bayshore to 615. The Riviera is on the right. Park on the far right or on the roof of the garage.  For additional information or directions call: 916-1302

Public Meeting

The Pensacola Coffee Party, Northwest Florida Move to Amend and
The League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area
Invite the Public to a Free Move to Amend Presentation

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7 PM
Asbury Place, 750 College Blvd.
On the Cokesbury United Methodist Church campus
N. Ninth Avenue and College Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32504

Move to Amend organizer, David Cobb, returns to Pensacola. Move to Amend proposes an amendment to the U.S.Constitution to end “Corporate Personhood” thus establishing a government of, by and for the people. Mr Cobb will help participants understand how, by working locally, they can join a broad national coalition of individuals and organizations seeking to make our democracy work for all of us. For more information call Mike at 850-512-4893.

Latest redistricting news:

Emails show GOP consultants 'almost paranoid' mission to circumvent Fla's gerrymendering ban - Miami Hearld November 23, 2014 Hearld/Times staff writers Read more...

GOP opreatives had outsized role in new maps - Orlando Sentinel Aaron Deslatte November 26, 2014 Read more...

Take Action:

Tell the FEC what to do about Citizens United - The Federal Election Commission is now receiving public comments about steps they should take "to address corruption in the political process." Tell the FEC to act and enforce the law. Restore Transparency and Enforce Disclosure. Send a message here... December 2, 2014

League Joins Lawsuits to Ensure High Quality Public Education - The LWVF and others have taken legal action to defend the state Constitution's requirement to provide a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education. Click here and here to read the two legal filings.

The right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections. It is about equality and justice. Let's move forward and modernize the Voting Rights Amendment Act to protect our most fundamental right: the right to vote. Tell your Representative to follow the Senate's lead and move forward with a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Please join the League in calling for a hearing on H.R. 3899. (July 26, 2014)

EPA Clean Power Plan Comment Deadline Extended! Support the EPA's Groundbreaking Proposal To Limit Carbon Pollution: Tell the EPA you support their groundbreaking proposal to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Submit a public comment in support today - here! New deadline December 1. (October 13,2014)

Call your Representative: Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Ask your Representative to address the crucial issue of immigrantion reform. Urge support for comprehensive reform that allows immigrants to fully contribute to American society by providing them with a clear pathway to citizenship. Take action here.


League in the News:

Supreme Court: Redistricting document should be made public Miami Hearld Blog, November 12, 2014 Kathleen McGrary

Courts says Legislature won't have to pay victor's attorney's fees in redistricting case. "Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis gave [plaintiffs] a consolution prize: the Legislature, via taxpayers, would pay most of their costs... also gave the iplaintiffs the comfort of knowing they were the victors." Miami Hearld Blog, October 9, 2014, Mary Ellen Klas.

Supreme Court to decide the fate of congressional redistricting plan, again. Miami Hearald Blog, October 1, 2014, Mary Ellen Klas

September 10, 2014: "Far from Over, Florida's Redistricting Wrangles Now Focus on State Senate Boundaries" posted by Rick Hasen in the Election Law Blog. Read more....

August 22, 2014 - Tallahassa, Fla -- LWV Florida Responds to Judge Lewis' Decision About New Congressional Map. In response to today's ruling by Judge Terry Lewis, which upheld the congressional map recently passed by the Florida Legislature, League of Women Voters of Florida counsel David King issued the following statement: "We are disappointed and plan to ask the appellate courts to review Judge Lewis' ruling."

Press Release: Sept 2, 2014 - League joins two lawsuits to protect Florida's public educational system. Read More...

League and Common Cause respond to the Legislature's New Congressional Map. Read their response here.

Florida Judge Orders New Congressional Map New York Times August 2, 2014

Florida to begin redrawing unconstitutional congressional maps on Thursday Reuters August 4, 2014 8:16 am EDT

2nd Judicial Circuit Court Hearing on Congressional Redistricting Video Library The Florida Channel.org July 24, 2014

Legislature will not appeal judge's decision in redistricting case. SaintPetersBlog July 15, 2014

Florida judge throws out 2012 congressional redistricting plan by Bill Cotterell, Reuters Chicago Tribune July 10, 2014

Judge rules Florida congressional map violates Fair Districts standards by Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Burieau Chief, Orlando Sentinel July 10, 2014

Judge throws out Forida's congressional map by Mary Ellen Klas Hearald/Times Tallahassee Bureau Miami Hearld July 10, 2014

Florida Supreme Court won't take up blind trust case. The Supreme Court ruled to transfer lawsuit to a lower court. SaintPetersblog.com May 22, 2014

First District Appeals Court will decide whether to release redistricting documents. A last-minute stay came in a trial pitting the League of Women Voters Florida against the Republican-controlled Legislature and which could change the current makeup of the state's congressional delegation. The League wants to look at e-mails and planning documents but a private consultant says the documents contain "trade secrets." See The Florida Current May 16, 2014 update

Supreme Court Petition challenges political candidates use of blind trusts. LWVF announced support of the lawsuit filed in the Florida Supreme Court. The League joined six news media organization with a friend-of-the-court brief challenging a 2013 law that allowed statewide elected officials to place personal financial assets in qualified blind trusts. May 14, 2014 - The Florida Current and Tampa Bay Times

Charter Schools Have Little Visibility - May 2, 2014 - The Florida Times-Union.

We did it! After many months of hard work by League members and volunteers throughout the state, the Florida Water & Legacy Amendment has officially qualified to appear on the Noverber 2014 ballot. Huge kudos to all who worked so hard. Vote YES for Amendment 1 in 2014!

LWV Pensacola Bay Area comments on the Florida Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery/Enhancement Center aka Fish Hatchery to the Natural Resouce Damage Assessment (NRDA).

Comments on the Santa Rosa Shores Navigational Dredging Permit Application.

 

 

 

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