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WI Supreme Court Unique for Number of Women Justices

Apr 11, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - Last week's election of Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet to the state Supreme Court means Wisconsin has the nation's highest percentage of women on the state's highest court, at 86 percent.

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A session where citizens can speak directly to their legislators is set for Saturday in Rhinelander.

The Northwoods Friends For Civic Participation and the group Voters Engaged have invited state and federal elected officials to listen to citizens concerns.

Coordinator Jane Banning says the session is not a town hall meeting but a listening session...

Wisconsin Case Will Make National News In 2018

Jan 9, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. -- A Supreme Court decision expected this spring will likely impact the way every state draws its political boundaries.

The case, Gill v. Whitford, is concerned with the way Wisconsin Republicans drew the state's political map in 2011. The process of drawing the maps, done by outside consultants and lawyers, was done in complete secrecy, and resulted in an overwhelming Republican advantage at the polls.

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Tuesday was the filing deadline for county, municipal and school board seats up for election this spring.

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If you've moved to a new address there's a possibility you might not be able to vote unless you re-register.

David Barnhill is a member of League of Women Voters of the Northwoods,  the  Voter Outreach Task Force and a co-chair of the group Our Wisconsin.

In November the state Elections Commission mailed more than 300,000 post cards to people they determined had moved and put a deadline of this Friday to return the card. Barnhill says the card informed the people who moved that they had been removed from the voter registration rolls.

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Next we hear from Dan Barth of the Citizen's Climate Lobby, Marathon County Chapter.

Barth is the guest speaker Wednesday at noon at the Tomahawk Public Library, speaking at the invitation of the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods.

The Citizen's Climate lobby has a non-partisan proposal, authored by a former President Ronald Reagan Secretary of State, to work on climate change based on a market place solution.

Dan Barth spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall...

Barth says they are hoping to start a chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby in the Northwoods.

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The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is encouraging candidates to fill out their profiles on the Vote 411.org website and hopes the public takes a moment to check it out.

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The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is hosting a film Thursday that examines the American Dream.

League of Women Voters of the Northwoods spokesperson Jane Trotter says the League has two goals: voter registration and access and education. She says presenting the documentary 'Dream On' falls into the education portion of the mission. Trotter says the film will be released in theaters this fall, but the producers approached the group about an early free screening.

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The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is inviting citizens to a forum involving the 22 candidates for the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors. League spokesperson Jane Trotter says the event is designed for the public to meet and ask questions of the candidates...

"....its non-partisan as county board seats are non-partisan. There are 22 seats open. It's an opportunity for them to meet their constituents..."

Trotter says the audience will submit questions and there also will be questions on specific issues...

League of Women Voters Encourage Voter Registration

Sep 21, 2015
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  The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is helping the public complete registration forms in honor of National Voter Registration Day Sept. 22. Spokesperson Jane Trotter says it’s a reminder for people who have moved, changed names or turned 18 since the last election, to register.

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Lets hear from the League of Women Voters Northwoods chapter spokesperson Jane Trotter.

Wednesday evening in Minocqua is a presentation on Wisconsin's Photo ID law, which will kick in during next year's elections...

Jane Trotter from the League of Women Voters Northwoods. The presentation is at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 12 at the Minocqua Public Library.

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The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is inviting the public to look at what is termed a "one stop shop" for the April 7 election. A more complete "Voters Guide" is expected to be available by mid-March.

Called "Vote411.org", the site will have a variety of information about the candidates for town and school board races in the Northwoods..says the League's local president Yolan Mistele...

 

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The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods has given it's support to an agency under legislative review.

The Government Accountability Board was created as a non-partisan administrator of elections. They have been criticized for uneven performance. GAB officials this week defended their actions, saying they are understaffed and have had to deal with numerous recall elections, among other increasing duties. 

Representative Dean Knudson of Hudson would like to overhaul the board enabling some partisan members.

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The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is participating in National Voter Registration Day next week and have set up several spots for people to register.

Chapter President Yolan Mistele says the day is a way to celebrate voting in our country...

".....locally we will be setting up our shops at various places in the communities . Two libraries,   Nicolet College and also the Senior Center in Rhinelander..."

Mistele say at the Rhinelander and Minocqua public libraries volunteers will be helping citizens use the state voter registration system.

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Jane Trotter is a spokesperson for the  League of Women Voters of the Northwoods. The League has launched a new on-line voter tool called VOTE 411 and she describes how it works.

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