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The Voter - February 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Benefit Performance at Circle Arts Theatre
  • How to Tell if News is Real
  • Maternal Mortality in Texas
  • Primary Elections
  • LWV-Texas Convention
  • Save the Date for an an "enchanted evening"

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

President 

Roxanna Deane
VP-Program
Darlene HIcks
VP - Voters Service
Robin Engel  & Susan Herr
Secretary
Betty Colley
Treasurer
Gloria Suarez Sasser
Director, Publicity
Jerrie Champlin

Director-At-Large

Janyth Frederickson

Membership Chair, Off Board

Bonnie Leitch
Chair, Nominating Committee
Lois Ricci

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.

Impact on Issues

LWV US public policy positions

 

Program Perspectives

LWV Texas public policy positions

 
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Mark your Calendars

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WHAT:   Monty Python's Spamalot

               Benefit Performance for LWV-CA

WHEN:   Saturday, Feb. 3: 8 pm

WHERE: Circle Arts Theatre

                124 Elizabeth Avenue, NB 78130

 

WHAT:   "How to tell if the news is real"

WHEN:   Wednesday, Feb. 7: 12 to 1

WHERE: Tye Preston Memorial Library

                16311 South Access Road

                 Canyon Lake, TX 78133 

 

WHAT:      Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training

WHEN:     Tuesday, Feb. 20: 10 to 11

WHERE:  Comal County Elections Center

                 396 North Seguin Avenue
                 New Braunfels, TX 78130
 

 

WHAT:    Maternal Mortality Crisis in Texas

WHEN:   Thursday, Feb. 22: 6:30

WHEREBulverde Spring Branch Activity Center
                 30280 Cougar Bend
                 Bulverde, TX 78163

 

 
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New Members

 

Susan Dimaline

2323 Normandy Grace

New Braunfels, TX 78130

409-454-3141

sedimaline@hotmail.com

 

Elizabeth Robbins
1760 Nixon Drive
Boerne, TX 78006
210-548-8510
liz.robbins.44@gmail.com

 

Most people join the League because they are asked. Please share this email with friends by clicking the "Forward to a Friend" button at the bottom of this newsletter and tell them you are a member.

 

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From the President

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Our League is named LWV of the Comal Area because we reach beyond the county line to include Guadalupe County.  For the first time we are extending Vote411 to cover races in that County.  The goal is to grow membership there and be able to organize more voter service activities.

 

Women's health has always been an important issue for the League so the very high maternal mortality rate in Texas is extremely troubling.  The program on February 22 will provide an insight to this problem.


Please consider attending and/or volunteering for the Texas League State Convention.  It is a great way to learn about the work of the League and meet really smart and passionate people from across the state that are working to make a difference.  Kerrville is just a lovely 90 minute drive away.

 

This newsletter highlights two opportunities to have a good time and support the League.  I look forward to seeing you at each event.

  

 Roxanna Deane

 

 
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Benefit Performance at Circle 
Arts

 
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Monty Python's Spamalot


This hilarious musical comedy (adapted from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail") follows the Knights of the Round Table as they go on an adventure you won't soon forget!


**Appropriate for ages 16 & up**

 

Benefit Night February 3rd: All proceeds this night will go to the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area.  Tickets are $22 and there is no reserved seating, except for those needing handicapped seats.

 

Tickets are still available.  Please call or email Jan Estes (830.625.7004 or janestes333@satx.rr.com); or call the theater at 830.837.6172.

 
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How to Tell if News is Real of Fake

 
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The original January 14 membership meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. The same program will be presented as one of the series of Lunch and Learn programs at the Tye Preston Memorial Library.


It may seem overwhelming to check everything but it is important to check anything that you are considering sharing or acting on. This presentation will take a look at the history of fake news and review how to determine if what you are reading is evidence based.and provide a handout listing online resources.

 

 
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Maternal Mortality in Texas

 
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Adriana D. Kohler, J.D., Senior Health Policy Associate, Texans Care for Children,  will present information on  the state of maternal mortality in Texas.

 

Texas is reported to have the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world after the death rate for pregnant women doubled from 18.6 deaths to 35.8 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2010 and 2014.

 

The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force was created

by Senate Bill 495 in 2013 and extended by Senate Bill 17 in 2017. Ms. Kohler will provide ab update on maternal mortality in Texas, the task force and opportunities for moving ahead in addressing the crisis.

 

Texans Care for children is a  statewide non-partisan policy organization. Their mission s to  drive policy change to improve the lives of Texas children today for a stronger Texas tomorrow.

 
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March 6 Primary Elections

 
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"Voters in the Texas primaries and conventions choose who will run for office in the General Election. 

 

The Republican and Democratic Parties choose their candidates in a primary election. The Libertarian and Green Parties choose their candidates in party conventions.

 

Texas has open primaries. That means that ALL Texas voters can participate in one of these events. Voters who don’t strongly identify with any political party can and should carefully consider the choices and participate in one of the primaries or conventions.

 

But you can only participate in one. Once a voter has voted in one party, that voter cannot participate in another party’s election or convention.

 

The League encourages all registered voters to participate in the Texas Primary Election and vote for the best candidates. Don’t forget, voting in a primary does not commit you to vote for a particular candidate in the general election." (LWV-TEXAS)

PRIMARY ELECTION SCHEDULE

 

FEB 5 - Last day to register to vote

 

FEB 20 - First day of early voting

 

FEB 23 - Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

 

MARCH 2 - Last day of early voting

 

MARCH 6 - Primary Elections

 

MAY 12 Primary Runoff Elections

 

Candidate forums hosted by Democratic and Republican Parties

 

Early Voting Locations

 

Primary Election Day Voting Locations

 

Vote411 will be the source for candidate information.  All candidates will receive questions and will put their answers online.  Information will be available before early voting begins.  A printed Voters Guide for statewide races will also be available at area libraries and online at the LWV Texas website

 
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LWV-Texas State Convention

 
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Every two years in the spring of even-numbered years, LWV-Texas convenes a state convention. All League members are invited to attend. The 2018 Convention will be held April 27-29, 2018, at the Inn of the Hills, in Kerrville, Texas. 

 

The LWV of the  Hill County is hosting the Convention but needs our League's help.  Please consider volunteering on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  Training for volunteers will be Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. (It is possible to volunteer even if you can't attend training.)
Some of the duties are:

  • Staffing  the silent auction room 
  • Welcoming table 
  • Registration desk 
  • Door monitors 
  • Microphone monitors


Volunteers do not have to pay registration and can attend Friday workshops. Please send an email to roxanna@gvtc.com if you are interested in volunteering 


Workshop List

 

Conference information 


 
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"Enchanted Evening" Save the Date

 
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WHAT: Karen Bliss and Austin Heller concert
WHEN:  Saturday, March 24: 7 pm
WHERE:  Unitarian Universalists of New Braunfels
WHY:  Raise money to Make Democracy Work


We promise that everything about this concert will be special. Listen to a sample of the music.  Add wine, food, good company, and supporting a great cause.  How could anyone resist? Tickets are $25 and will go on sale in mid-February.
 
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Visit www.lwvcomal.org

 

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

 

Send dues of $60 per person or $90 per household to:
LWV-Comal Area, P.O. Box 311324, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1324.
Or pay with a credit card at lwvcomal.org.

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