Welcome to the South Tonka League of Women Voters!
We serve the communities of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay and Woodland, but all are welcome to join or attend our events.
LWV has been promoting democratic ideals since 1919.
Consider becoming a member today and having your voice heard!
See our Google Calendar for these and other opportunities!
LWVST April Book/Article/Media Club
"Media in the age of misinformation"
Westminster town hall forum discussion from 3/27/17, featuring Frank Bruni
Thursday, April 20 - 7:00 pm
Sue Hnastchenko's house
Join us to watch the video and participate in a lively discussion!
ABOUT FRANK BRUNI: Frank Bruni is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. Since joining the paper in 1995, he has covered a broad range of topics, including American politics, higher education, travel, the arts, gay rights, and more. As a political columnist, he has focused on the nation’s divisiveness and what each citizen can do to seek common ground. He is the author of three bestselling books, including Ambling into History, a chronicle of George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign; his memoir Born Round; and his most recent book, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
2017 LWV Minnesota Convention
About the Convention
This year's bi-annual convention is themed Planning Ahead! Convention brings together local League members to learn, engage in discussions, hone leadership skills, and discuss important LWV Minnesota business. Each local League is allocated voting delegates according to membership who will vote on the Budget, Plan of Action, By-laws, and Slate of Officers for the Board of Directors. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!
Convention 2017 activities will be held Friday-Saturday, April 28-29, 2017, at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave South, Bloomington, MN.
For more information on schedule, program, and information, click HERE for the official Convention page.
2018 LWV National Convention
SAVE THE DATE
National Convention 2018 will be held
June 28 – July 1 in Chicago!
Water Action Day at the Capitol
April 19 - St. Paul - 8:00-4:00
Join us on Wednesday, April 19th for the 2017 Minnesota Water Action Day! This is a day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know we care about our water. This all-day event will include a rally, issue trainings and meetings with your legislators. Come for all or part of the day.
There will be trainings in the morning, both on how to actively engage legislators and on the water issues that we face in Minnesota. Throughout the day there will be events and other ways to keep people engaged, and the rally will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at 1:30 pm.
Organized by a consortium of groups working to protect Minnesota's waters. For more information and to register, click HERE for the official site, and CONTACT US if you are interested in attending and/or carpooling!
Christ Lutheran Church & MN State Capitol
105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103
LWV UMRR Annual Meeting
Navigation Tools for Uncertain Waters
Learn, network, and organize!
There are many threats to water quality in our region and our water and our river is in peril. Come to La Crosse to join with other Leagues in meeting the challenge!
May 6, 2017 - 8:00-4:00
Lunda Center, Western Technical College, LaCrosse, WI
Keynote speaker, Howard Learner from the
Environmental Law & Policy Institute, will present "Playing to Win: Achieving Environmental Progress at the State and Local Levels When U.S. EPA Is Stepping Back."
Extra events include a Mississippi river cruise and bird walk.
Please see the the LWV UMRR website for more details about the conference. ALL ARE WELCOME!! If you are a LWVST member, please contact us about registration and carpooling.
CLIMATE MARCH - APRIL 29
The League is excited to participate in the 2017 People's Climate March on April 29 in Washington, DC. We will march to advance solutions to the climate crisis and demand answer from members of Congress. If you are planning to attend the March in Washington, please let the League know by filling out this form.
We hope to see you in DC on April 29 or at a Sister March!
Questions may be directed to Emily Yost (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Help register new citizens at these exciting events!
May 30th at St. Paul River Center at 10 AM
On the average, over 90% of new citizens register at each ceremony....they showed genuine excitement at the possibility of voting for the first time as U.S. citizens. They see the value of each person's vote...and their civic engagement will contribute to what the United States will be in the future.
We begin our work about 1 hour before the ceremony begins. If you are able to volunteer to register new voters, please contact Judy Stuthman at email@example.com.
LWVST Learning Event
MN State Legislature 101
Please join us as Gwen Meyer, Educator and League Lobbyist presents on
"Basics of MN State Government"
March 15th - 7PM
Excelsior - Lake Chamber of Commerce
Free & open to the public.
LWV West Metro
Community Discussion regarding
the training for officers in response to
Mental Health Crisis Intervention
including executive orders, immigration, extremism and opiate overdose.
Chief Tim Fornier, New Hope PD
Monique Drier, Community Liaison, Hopkins PD & Joint Community Police Partnership
Julia Ross,Community Liaison, Hopkins PD
March 25th - 10-11:30 AM
Council Chambers - 3rd Floor, St. Louis Park City Hall
Free & open to public.
Council of Metro Area Leagues
Emergency Management in the Metro Area
Janice Maine, MN Dept of Health &
Dina Adasiewicz, Dakota Cty Public Health
will present on
Zika, Ebola, & Influenza
March 18th - 10 AM - Noon
Autumn Grove Park Gathering Center, Roseville
Free & open to public.
League News & Resources
Voting Rights Key Issue in 2017
Leagues across the country have seen an impressive increase in membership in recent months, as new Leagues are forming from Utah to Georgia to Pennsylvania. We continue to be recognized as a go-to organization advocating for voting rights.
The League is a trusted source when this key issue is in the news such as the North Carolina Voter defamation lawsuit and the House Administration Committee voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).
Outside of Washington, local and state League leaders are focused on redistricting to make our elections fairer and educating the public about the efforts to do so in a non-partisan way. Leagues are engaging new members,planning refugee forums and creating important PSAs about voting.
National League Positions
2016-2018 Impact on Issues Now Available
The League’s 2016-2018 guide to public policy positions is now available for download HERE. Those who wish to receive a printed copy may make a purchase on Amazon or download for Kindle.
State League Positions
State League Resources
LWV Minnesota provides many resources for members to become updated and informed on the latest issues.
Sign up to receive any or all or the above emails HERE.
And if you are on Facebook, please "like" LWVMN's page, The Voter - Virtual Edition, to get updates from both State and Local Leagues.
Be sure to check out LWVUS blog,
"Right Now: Voices of the League."
LWV South Tonka Presents: Talking Points
Please enjoy these excellent videos hosted by current LWVST and former LWVMN president Kay Erickson. These videos are produced in partnership with the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC). If you have ideas for future broadcasts or would like to be involved in production, please contact us!
Voting Rights with Steve Simon
Kay interviews Secretary of State Steve Simon about voting
n Minnesota, and talks with state League members about a new LWVMN project, "Your Vote, Your Voice," which focuses on past, present, and future voting rights.
Water Issues with Gov. Dayton
Kay interviews Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on his "Year of Water Action Initiative," and speaks with Gretchen Sabel, chair of the LWV UMRR ILO which focuses on issues affecting the upper Mississippi River region.
League Issues, Actions & Resources
"Your Vote Your Voice" Launch
LWVMN launched the website "Your Vote Your Voice" on April 29, 2016. The website is designed to be used as a resource for high school students to understand the past, present and future of voting rights.
The site houses a wealth of content exploring the long history of voting rights in the U.S. and invites students to help create ideas to improve participation. The goal is to encourage students to get active in local politics.
The site is the result of a collaborative effort between LWV MN, many volunteers, and 11 partner organizations who helped contribute content.
Election Assistance Commission Termination Act
The League sent a memo to members of the U.S. House regarding HR 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act. The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is the only federal entity devoted exclusively to improving election administration on a bi-partisan basis. The League does not believe terminating the EAC is warranted and urges the Committee on House Administration not to report this legislation. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps will also be addressing this with select House offices.
League Joins Letter in Opposition of ACA Repeal, Defunding of Planned Parenthood
The League joined women's groups on a letter opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defunding Planned Parenthood. The letter went to the majority and minority leaders in the U.S House and Senate.
Bees & Pollinators
LWVST supports the work of local non-profit Humming for Bees in their effort to educate others on the issues affecting our pollinators. Visit their website for more information and to see how you can create a Bee Safe Yard!
How Can You Support Bees?
Bees and Neonicotinoids
The League of Women Voters Minnesota has released its latest briefing paper, “The Impact of Neonicotinoids on Honey Bees.” The effort involved three of our LWV-ST members who led a committee to write the paper and prepare an educational toolkit. Resources include a PowerPoint presentation, meeting templates, and other resources for local Leagues to educate their members and communities on the issue. All items can be found on the www.LWVMNbees.com website.
League Joins Amicus in Maslenjak v. United States
The League joined an amicus in Maslenjak v. United States. The case will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on April 26, 2017. The brief argues that the Sixth Circuit’s holding—that any knowing false statement or omission can be grounds for denaturalization and criminal prosecution—would have dire consequences for naturalized citizens, significantly discourage lawful immigrants from seeking citizenship, and undermine a cornerstone of American society and values.
Upper MIssissippi River Region ILO
Chapters of the League of Women Voters in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin have formed an Inter League Organization (ILO) to work collaboratively to study the issues surrounding the Upper Mississippi River Region's water quality. The ILO was formed to increase the clout and efectiveness of the LWV's work on natural resources by:
See the LWV UMRR website for more information.
League Calls on Senators to Oppose
REINGS and Midnight Rules Relief Act
The League joined letters to the U.S. Senate in opposition to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017 and the Midnight Rules Relief Act. Under the REINS Act, no major regulation could take effect unless it is approved by both houses of Congress in a small window of time, making it impossible to protect the public by shutting down the entire regulatory system including attacks on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and many other consumer protection measures. The Midnight Rules Relief Act would amend the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to enable Congress to repeal many regulations at once by packaging them in a single resolution that would get expedited consideration and require only a majority of votes for passage in the Senate.
Effort to Overturn Methane and Natural Gas Waste Rule
The League joined a letter to members of Congress opposing efforts to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Natural Gas Waste Rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The BLM rule is a common sense policy that requires the oil and gas industry to reduce venting, flaring and leaks on public and tribal lands by deploying methane mitigation technology.
Putting a Price on Carbon
On February 21, the Price on Carbon Steering Committee hosted a webinar, The Case for Pricing Carbon, featuring internationally renowned science historian Naomi Oreskes. Dr. Oreskes explained the economics of carbon pricing and fielded a range of questions from the webinar audience. A recording of the webinar, together with slides and handouts, is available on the Price on Carbon website HERE.
Climate Change Lawsuit Breaks New Ground:
League Joins in Historic Effort
On Thursday, November 8, a federal judge ruled that youth plaintiffs may proceed with their historic climate change lawsuit in the case of Juliana et al v. United States. The judge refused to dismiss their complaint asserting that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property and has failed to protect essential public trust resources. Read more HERE.
Protecting Our Environment from Fracking
The League recently endorsed, and is encouraging members of Congress to cosponsor and support five pieces of legislation known as the “Frack Pack.” The Frack Pack bills will close loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts while establishing mandatory testing of water resources to contain contamination. Read our most recent blog on our work to address the threats around fracking.
MYTH OF VOTER FRAUD
For months, President Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that millions of illegal votes were cast in November.
Without proof – he continues to perpetuate that voters crossed state lines to illegally vote in the 2016 election. It’s time for President Trump to produce evidence of his claims.
Today Federal Election Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub has sent a letter to President Trump insisting the president produce evidence to back up his outlandish claims that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election.
That’s why the League is joining with allied organizations and calling for the President to produce evidence to support his unlawful voting claims – or put these claims to rest.
We know that wide-spread voter fraud is a myth perpetuated to push election laws that restrict voting. We cannot allow false claims to drive policies that will limit participation in our election process.
If you agree, add your name as a co-signer of Commissioner Weintraub's letter now.
Tell President Trump it’s time to stop spreading misinformation and undermining voter’s faith in our elections.
PROTECTING PROGRAMS THAT HELP WOMEN
HF1962 was introduced in the Minnesota House to defund Planned Parenthood. They are requesting you to sign the petition to have our voices heard.
Use the district finder to retrieve a list of your representatives with contact information.
The White House Office of Management & Budget is expected to submit a budget plan soon that will end or make significant cuts to several critical programs that help women who are victims of domestic violence. Women's Advocates urges you to takeaction.
Find contact information for your Federal Congresspersons here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.
PROTECT OUR CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR
Please contact your legislators to oppose SF 1087. This legislation is part of a larger effort to undermine the regulatory processes that protect our clean water and clean air. It eliminates the Environmental Quality Board, the sole, statewide entity that allows citizen participation. It takes environmental review out of the hands of state agencies with expertise to regulate, and it allows industries to write their own review, turning the regulatory process on its head.
Use the district finder to retrieve a list of your representatives with contact information.
We need action on a bill that would limit redistricting to legislators alone, SF86 . It forbids an independent redistricting commission. Up until now Minnesota hasn’t had major issues of gerrymandering because the court has used an independent redistricting commission and not because legislators have been able to curtail self-interest in drawing district lines. This has generally been the case for the past several decades.
Contact Governor Call Gov. Dayton (651.201.8400, email mark.dayton@state.MN.US, or use this form) and tell him we cannot have SF 86 in the Finance Omnibus Bill. Ask him to veto any bill that allows only the legislature to draw district lines.
Also contact the senators listed below asking that SF86 NOT be included in the Senate Finance Omnibus Bill., for the reasons above.
Majority Leader, Paul E. Gazelka (09,R); 651-296-4875; firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Majority Leader, Eric R. Pratt (56,R); 651-296-4123; email@example.com
President of the Senate, Michelle L. Fischbach (13,R); 651-296-2084; firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Majority Leader, Gary H. Dahms (16,R); 651-296-8138; email@example.com
Deputy Majority Leader, Michelle R. Benson (31,R); 651-296-8138; firstname.lastname@example.org
President Pro Tem, Warren Limmer (34,R); 651-296-2159; email@example.com
Assistant Majority Leader, Bill Ingebretsen (08,R); 651-297-8063; firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Majority Leader, Jeremy R. Miller (28,R); 651-296-5649; email@example.com
PROTECT MINNESOTA BUFFER ZONES
Please contact your state senator and representative and urge them to oppose SF 1693/ HF 1994. The senate bill is ready for floor action at any time, and the House bill is before its final committee.
Issue: SF 1693/ HF 1994 substantially reduces the buffer protection for our waters put in place by the 2015 Buffer Law.
LWVMN Position: Support a state role in the preservation and management of Minnesota’s water resources through protection, allocation, conservation, pricing and interbasin transfer policies protective of Minnesota’s current and future needs.
Please oppose this bill (SF 1693/HF 1994). Buffer zones help protect our water quality and provide wildlife habitat. The bills not only weaken the 2015 Buffer laws, but the rollback could result in far less buffer protection on public waters than was required prior to enactment of the 2015 Buffer Law.
Find who represents you here.
Find State Senate contact information here.
Find State Representative contact information here.
Further detail on the bill:
Limits the 50-foot buffer requirement to public waters that also have "shoreland classification."
This would remove approximately 48,000 miles of watercourses from protection.
This rollback will result in less buffer protection on public waters than was required prior to the 2015 Buffer Law.
Requires that federal and state assistance cover 100% of the costs Public-private partnerships have been the basic approach to water pollution control.
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) reports that 80-90% of buffer compliances are in place. There is no reason to reward late compliers or those who will not comply unless others pay for all their costs.
Weakens enforcement of buffer laws by removing Administrative Penalty Order (APO) from counties and watershed districts.
Enforcement is critical to implementation of the Buffer Law. Full compliance is important to water quality, wildlife habitat and for basic fairness to the 95% or more of the state’s law-abiding landowners who do comply. Counties or watershed districts could use their own less punishing rules and ordinances, but it is important to have stronger sanctions available if necessary.
Delays deadline for all buffers or alternative practices to be installed to November 2, 2018. With an already 80-90% compliance rate of the 2015 bill there appears to be no reason for delay.
Clo$e the Loophole in Campaign Finance Laws
Action: Members of your local league have representatives who serve on the House Elections Committee. Please ask them to call or email their representative today and say vote YES on HF410. This bill will be heard Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10:15am. You can find members of the House Elections Committee here along with contact information.
Issue: HF410 would require political action committees and other independent spenders to identify themselves as the authors of campaign ads and literature and to file disclosure reports with the Campaign Finance Board, even when their ads don’t use the “magic words of advocacy” such as “vote for” or ”defeat.”
When you call/email, give your name, address and say you are a constituent. Leave message with the assistant if necessary.
Key Messages: Please vote YES on HF410.
LWV SOUTH TONKA MISSION STATEMENT:
LWV South Tonka is a welcoming, non-partisan, issue-oriented community organization that
advocates, educates and encourages informed and active participation in all levels of government.
advocates, educates and encourages informed and active participation in all levels of government.
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