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League Day in Dover 2018

League President Joann Hasse has announced plans for League Day in Dover 2018. The timely theme is Financing State Government: Everybody's Business (Let's Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road).

The morning program will take place at The Outlook at the Duncan Center, 500 W. Loockerman Street, Dover. Registration begins at 8:30. See the calendar for a schedule.

Professor Ed Ratledge, Director of UD's Center for Applied Demography and Survey, will preview key issues affected by future population growth and changing demographics relevant to the state budget.

The remaining morning program will feature key players -- Budget Director Michael Jackson, State Treasurer Ken Simpler, and DEFAC Chair Michael Houghton -- who will present their specific roles and thoughts on the process of budget "creation," followed by a roundtable discussion among the three and questions from the audience.

The buffet lunch with legislators will feature former Senator Karen Peterson, who served on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee for several years. Her topic is the Politics of the Budget Process.

After lunch, attendees are urged to go to Legislative Hall to meet with legislators and attend committee hearings. The League will have a table in the second floor lobby with legislative information, goodies and hand-outs.

"We think this program will be helpful to all attendees in understanding Delaware's budget issues in which our growing population creates increasing demands on state government while legislators work to meet those demands with limited dollars and reluctance to increase taxes, especially during an election year" said Hasse.

See the flyer here. The registration form is here.

Updated Version of This Way to the Voting Booth Issued

Voting & Elections Chair Letty Diswood has announced availability of an updated version of This Way to the Voting Booth: A Citizen's Guide to Registration and Voting. Everything you ever wanted to know about how to register and vote in Delaware is covered, including 2018 deadlines for registering, election dates, what to expect at the polling place, and specific information about voting in school board elections. Note: The 2018 Primary Election is scheduled for Thursday, September 6 instead of the typical Tuesday election day.

The 4-page brochure can be printed on legal sized paper for distribution. It is available here and a version that can be printed without using so much red ink is available here.

This information is also available on this website under Voting and Elections.

The February 16 Mueller Indictment

A grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced Friday, February 16.

In addition, three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

"The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States, with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said.

To be the informed citizens that we are as members of the League of Women Voters, we suggest that you read the entire 37-page indictment, which can be found here.

LWVUS Notes Opportunity to Comment on Offshore Drilling

The Trump Administration's plan to allow drilling along coasts of the United States (except Florida) will begin moving ahead this year, if not modified after the public comment period. This will take our country in the wrong direction in addressing climate change. There is still time, but not much, to submit comments opposing the proposed policy shift. All concerned Leagues and members are urged to do so. Members should indicate that they are a member of the [local] League.

The LWVUS Climate Change Task Force has developed some background and message points to consider when commenting. Public comment is being received through the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) website until 11:59 Eastern on March 9th.

LWVUS Board Adopts 2018 Legislative Priorities

The LWVUS Board has set the following as the legislative priorities for 2017:

1. Campaign for Making Democracy Work™ (MDW), with special emphasis on protecting voting rights.
2. Watchdog: Respond strategically on issues with LWV positions when needed, but focus on the Campaign for Making Democracy Work™.

The board recognizes that the coming year will be full of the unexpected. The main focus for LWVUS should continue to be our MDW Campaign, but other topics are expected to pop up that are important to the LWV--including the Dream Act and immigration reform, climate change and health care defense. There will doubtless be other, unpredictable legislative issues. Advocacy staff, working with the president and advocacy chair, will respond to watchdog issues as time allows. The board can re-examine or re-align legislative priorities as the situation may dictate throughout the coming year.

LWVDE Compliance with Delaware Law

Effective Immediately: for Action to be taken on an issue, electronic votes MUST be unanimous and each person's vote must be recorded and appear in the minutes of the next Board meeting. This will ensure compliance with Delaware law.

League of Women Voters' 98th Year

This year marks the League's 98th year. Click here to read about the history of the LWV!

JOIN Our Social Media Communities!

The League of Women Voters of Delaware has joined the League of Women Voters U.S. and other Leagues around the nation in social media conversations taking place on Facebook and Twitter. These online communities share news from across the state and country. Our Delaware pages features "fast facts" about the league as well as calendar items and photos of League members who are involved in community events.

Our Facebook page was started October 30, 2013 by Sussex League member Janet Orlando. Our Twitter page was started October 23, 2013 by New Castle League member Diane Maxwell. The League of Women Voters U. S. is one of our followers and has already "retweeted" one of our "fast facts" posts!

To join Facebook, simply click on Facebook or go to <http://www.facebook.com>, search for the League of Women Voters of Delaware, and send us a "friend" request. To follow us on Twitter, click on Twitter or go to <http://www.twitter.com>, follow the instructions for joining, and then search for @lwvde and "follow" us!

Diane Maxwell and Mary Eggars, Public Relations Co-Chairs, LWVDE.

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