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The Pensacola Coffee Party, Northwest Florida Move to Amend and
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7 PM
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:
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
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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