The VoterFebruary 2017
 
 
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
 
 
 
 
President 
Roxanna Deane
VP-Organization
Darlene Hicks
VP-Program
Connie Born
VP - Voters Service
Robin Engel & Susan Herr
Secretary
Charlsie Hays
Treasurer
Gloria Suarez-Sasser
Director, Publicity
Jensie Madden
 Membership Chair
Bonnie Leitch
Chair, Nominating Committee
Fran Hargrove
 
 
 
 
LWV NON-PARTISAN POSITION
 
 
 
 
LWV is a non partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, but does take positions on issues based on member study
and consensus.
 
 
From Left: Rep. John Kuempel, Gloria Sasser, Darlene Hicks, Jensie Madden, Roxanna Deane
Judge Sherman Krause speaking to conference
Growth in Comal County Conference
Commissioner Crownover closing out the conference
 
Mark your Calendars
 
 
 
WHAT: Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 21-  10 a.m.
WHEREComal County Elections Office
178 E. Mill Street, Suite 100, New Braunfels, TX 78130

WHAT: Detained Women and Children: Current Immigration Policies
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 22 -  7-8:30 pm.
WHEREWestside Community Center
2932 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Click CALENDAR in the bar above for a complete list of activities for 2016-2017 and mark your calendars now. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Every vote and every voice matters.  When those voices come together they are a powerful voice for democracy. A League member belongs to a local league, a state league, and the national league.  Each of us can contact our representatives at all levels of government. But it is nice to know that LWV-Texas is a presence in the Capitol.  Issue chairs are following bills and writing testimony to voice our concerns.  At the Federal level, LWV-US is speaking out on the Keystone Pipeline, presidential conflict of interest, immigration, and the Affordable Care Act.

The League takes positions only after extensive study. Members are provided with "Facts and Issues" before coming together to reach consensus. We host public meetings to bring information to our community.   In January, Chandra Villanueva   of the Center for Public Policy Priorities did a great job of outlining the complexities of school financing in Texas and the problem with voucher programs. (Read Connie Born's recap of the meeting)

It was an honor for our League to join with the Hill Country Alliance and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance to sponsor the "Planning for Growth in Comal County Conference".  Since as Judge Krause remarked, he wasn't allowed to put out a sign on the interstate to say that no one else could come, it was good to hear people talk about finding solutions to protect the land and water.

Thanks to everyone that sold tickets and attended the Circle Arts benefit.  $1189.00 was raised for the League.  I am grateful to the Circle Arts Theater for hosting this annual event.
Roxanna Deane
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lilly Barucky

20806 Woodland Cove

Garden Ridge, TX 78266

210-651-4909

lbarucky@satx.rr.com


Jennifer Blacklock

12221 Glenwood Loop

Bulverde,TX 78163

210-823-6555

jenni.blacklock@gmail.com


Christine Dorsey

1974 Colleen Dr.

Canyon Lake, Tx 78133

Dorsey.ce@gmail.com


Kathryn Keeton

1107 Glenwood Loop

Bulverde, TX 78163

kathrynekeeton@gmail.com

Most people join the League because they are asked.
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For “Comal Area Elected Officials,” p. 2 of Directory:
 
Texas House of Representatives
Kyle Biedermann, Dist 73
512-463-0325, Austin
512-771-9694, Fredericksburg
kyle.biedermann@house.state.tx.us
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT: Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 21-  10 a.m.
WHEREComal County Elections Office
178 E. Mill Street, Suite 100, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Before you can help register citizens to vote, you have to be trained and certified, according to Comal County Elections Coordinator, Cynthia Jaqua. Training only takes an hour and the experience is fun. Certification, however, must be renewed every two years.


The next opportunity for training is 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

“Just call first so we know how many are coming,” said Jaqua.

Call 830-221-1352. The Comal County Elections office is located at 178 E. Mill St., Ste 101, New Braunfels, Tex. 78130. Training takes place the third Tuesday of every month.


“The Comal Independent School District has asked the League of Women Voters – Comal Area to help partner with them in registering new voters and new residents,” said Robin Engel, Voter Services Co-Chair for the League. “With the huge influx of students and parents into the school district, this is a great opportunity for us.”


Last year the League helped register students at all three high schools in the district: Canyon; Smithson Valley; and Canyon Lake. The League also registered middle-school parents during parent-teacher events.

“We are pleased they have invited us back,” said Engel.


The hottest ticket on the election scene so far this spring is a recommended $263.5M bond vote on the May 6 ballot for residents in the CISD , according to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung on Feb. 8.


No other contested races in the county have yet been filed, according to Jaqua. Feb. 17 is the filing deadline, she said.


Other important dates:

April 6 – last day for voters to register

April 24 – Early voting starts

May 6 – Election Day


In addition to county-wide elections, the Comal County Election Office serves the cities of New Braunfels, Bulverde, Garden Ridge, Spring Branch, and two school districts, the New Braunfels Independent School District and the CISD.

 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT: Detained Women and Children: Current Immigration Policies
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 22 -  7-8:30 pm.
WHEREWestside Community Center
2932 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 

The public is invited to hear the experiences and legal processes involved for women and children from Central America who have been detained after attempting to seek asylum in the United States at the Texas border. Two professionals who work closely with these immigrants will speak.


The program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Comal Area (LWV-CA) and the Westside Community Center.


Rev. Helen Boursier, Ph.D. will talk about her experiences working inside the Karnes City and Dilley detention centers in south Texas. Most of the women and children being held there are fleeing violence in Central America and seeking asylum in the U.S.


Fatima Menendez, staff attorney for RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) will speak about the legal issues regarding immigrants in detention centers. She will explain the process that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses when detaining or releasing an immigrant; the type of visas available for victims of abuse or human trafficking; and the process of seeking asylum.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Over 113 Leaguers registered to attend the League of Women Voters-Texas Lobby Days, a two-day event on January 30-31st held at the Texas Capitol in Austin.


LWV-Comal Area members, Roxanna Deane, Darlene Hicks, Jensie Madden, and Gloria Sasser were among the many who attended the workshop on the League’s Priority Issues: Public Education, Voting Rights and Election Law, and Women’s Health on Monday and on Tuesday visited with the Legislators.


The workshop focused on the three issues chosen as the Priority Issues for the League with speakers who provided insight into each issue.  The speakers stressed the need for increased funding in Public Education and Women’s Health and the importance of Voting Rights and fair election laws.  


READ MORE


By Gloria Sasser

 
 
 
 
 
 
The LWV-TX Board held a Statewide Conference on the first day of Lobby Days to vote on a proposed update to the position on Redistricting. The update was approved. 

The updated position on Redistricting includes support for an autonomous Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw boundaries for U.S. congressional and the state House and Senate districts.

READ MORE ABOUT Independent Citizens Redistricting Commissions
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gloria Sasser, LWV-Texas issue chair for citizenship wrote the following testimony that was read in front of the Senate State Affairs Committee on February 2, 2017

I am Dixie Davis, testifying as a member and on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Texas. We appreciate the opportunity to speak today in opposition to SB 4 on the subject of Immigration Enforcement. The League of Women Voters of the US recently issued the following statement “The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. The League of Women Voters supports cities, towns, counties, and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.”


READ MORE

 
 
 
 
 
 
What Happened:
Over 100 people gathered each afternoon on Feb 2 and 3 at the McKenna Events Center in New Braunfels to think about the future of Comal County and how we can preserve the things that brought us to this community.


READ MORE



What’s Next:

  1. All of the power-point presentations are posted on www.aquiferalliance.net/comal/. You may see for yourself the excellent data and information provided to the participants.
  2. Inputs from the participants will be gathered into a report, to be posted on the website, and to be presented to our local elected officials.
  3. The goals from the participants will be the basis for an Action Plan, also to be posted on the website. All residents will have the opportunity to help work on this Action Plan. 


Thank you!

Members of LWV-CA really worked hard to make this conference a success. Thanks to:

- Refreshments – Connie Born and Fran Hargrove

- Registration – Elizabeth Bowerman, Lois Ricci, Janyth Frederickson, and Jenny Ayala

- Recorders – Bonnie Leitch, Roxanna Deane, Eva Silverfine Ott, Betty Colley, and Robin Engel

- Photographer – Jerrie Champlin

- All of you who attended and participated in thinking about the future of our county!    


By Jensie Madden

 
 
 
 
Contact our President:
Roxanna Deane, 830-935-4635 or roxanna@gvtc.com

Send dues of $50 per person or $75 per household to:
LWV-Comal Area, P.O. Box 311324, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1324.
Or pay with a credit card at lwvcomal.org.
 
 
 
 
League of Women Voters of the Comal Area | PO Box 311324 | New Braunfels| Texas | 78131
 
 
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