LWVMT will be holding a candidate forum for the upcoming elections for the vacant Senate District 34 seat that will take place in November. The forum will be held at the Owasso Library on Monday, October 26th starting at 6pm. Full details are below.
Monday, October 26th, 2015 | 6:00pm
Owasso Public Library
103 W. Broadway Street | Owasso, OK 74055
For questions please contact the League office at (918) 747-7933.
Tulsa League Unit meetings
Get Involved – Be in the Know – join the discussion at a Tulsa League Unit Meeting.
Two topics for study and discussion are being offered during the months of October, November, and December. They are Money and Politics and “Re-Entry into Society after Prison”. Choose one or both topics and join us for interesting conversation.
1.Money and Politics Study
The United States League of Women Voters is deeply committed to reforming our nation’s campaign finance system to ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.
To continue this reform effort, the LWVUS is conducting a study to update their position on campaign finance. The purpose of this study, titled Money and Politics, is to educate the membership and address the members’ lack of agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment.
The Tulsa League is joining the Money and Politics study. We will be addressing this subject at two monthly unit meetings during October, November and December 2015.
Money Impacts Everything – Come learn and be a part of the discussion at one of the following unit meetings:
OCTOBER SCHEDULE for Money and Politics
Midday Unit: Tuesday, October 20, 11:30 to 1 pm. Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E. 32nd. Lunch and visitation start at 11:30 (bring your own sandwich). Meeting is at 12:00 pm. Charity Marcus, Campaign Consultant, will be present to help guide us through the questions and answers.
Breakfast Unit: Tuesday, October 27, 7 to 8 am. Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Mandy Winton, Campaign Consultant, will join us to help sort through the discussion information. Meeting is at New Atlas Grill located in Courtyard Tulsa Downtown (415 S. Boston Ave.).
Study Materials: Three materials are listed. One is a template to help learn about the status of campaign finance reform in Oklahoma. The US League has provided the states with a list of questions about “Financial Disclosure”, “Coordination”, “Pay to Play”, “Public Financing”, and “Oversight and Enforcement”. Click “Template” to bring up the questions. Two, to help fill in the information, we have included the following Links to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission’s laws and guidelines:
Independent expenditures and electioneering communications chart
Three, For more information see the LWVUS Campaign Finance policy and history – LWVUS Campain Policy 19to22.
- Re-Entry into Society after Prison – October Schedule
The North Tulsa Unit is participating in a year- long study on the topic: Re-Entry into Society after Prison. The unit will be meeting Monday, October 26, noon to 1:00 pm, (the 4th Monday of the month) at the Rudisill Library, 1520 N. Hartford Avenue. October’s Topic: “Education/Training Barriers”.
Constitution Day is September 17th- coming up soon! The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa is happy to participate in events around town. This year we have donated Constitution booklets to Kendall-Whittier elementary and we have partnered with local colleges to educate students on the importance of voting and register new voters.
In honor of Constitution Day, here’s a fun link to some fascinating facts about the U.S. Constitution. Enjoy and Happy Constitution Day!
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa will be holding a special Voter Registrar Training Event on September 16th, 2015 at 11:30 am at the League office. This will be the first of these events taking place monthly around Tulsa to train new voter registrars. It is our mission to encourage voter registration, education and participation. This event is free of charge and open to anyone who wishes to be trained, including non-members. Space is limited so please call (918-747-7933) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 | 11:30am
LWVMT office- 3336 E. 32nd Street, Suite 4 | Tulsa, OK 74135
At the March LWVMT Board Meeting the question was asked, “Can the Tulsa League endorse support for local school bonds?” The Program Committee studied and discussed this question. After deliberation, the committee recognized Tulsa League does not currently have a local position. In order to endorse local school bonds the Tulsa League needs to study and adopt such a position.
Tulsa members who attended the 2015 Annual Meeting on June 2 heartily agreed that they want to be able to have a say about future school bond elections. A motion was passed to study and work toward the adoption of such a policy in the 2015-2016 year.
This summer an Education Policy Task Force was appointed to “study and present criteria for support of school bond elections”. Patti Mullen, a new Tulsa League member, graciously agreed to serve as chairman. Other members of the committee are Ros Elder, Gloria Caldwell, Charity Marcus, Sheila Riley, and Julie Gustafson.
In future newsletters, you will learn more about this committee’s work. Additionally, opportunities to learn from community experts and suggested reading materials will be offered.
Having a voice in public education bond elections is important!