Learn about addiction, poverty and related challenges in our county

Come Join Us—and Bring a Friend!

Deb Dingus, United Way Director and Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Newark will talk with us about the social and economic issues facing Licking County, including addiction, housing, domestic violence, and child abuse—and how they relate to one another.

When: Thursday, March 22, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 592 West Main, Newark (about a mile west of the Courthouse on Main). There is a parking lot behind the church.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 by women of the church. If you plan to come for dinner, please RSVP to Carol Apacki, capacki@roadrunner.com no later than Saturday, March 17. Otherwise, just come! (There will be a small donation jar to cover costs.)

Please come! This is a unique opportunity for us to learn about and discuss the critical social/economic issues in our Licking County community.

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Women’s HIstory Month: Marjory Stoneman Douglas

With the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week, the name Marjory Stoneman Douglas has entered the grim lexicon of mass killings.

But just who was Douglas? Long before her namesake would be associated with tragedy, she gained fame as a crusading journalist, author, women’s suffrage advocate, and conservationist. Most notably, she was a passionate steward of the Everglades, 1.5 million acres of fragile wetlands at the southern tip of Florida.

Here are six things to know about Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

■ She was born in Minneapolis in 1890. Her father founded the paper that became the Miami Herald and her mother was a concert violinist. Douglas was a straight-A student at Wellesley College, where the class of 1912 elected her “class orator.’’

In addition to graduating from Wellesley, Douglas had other ties to New England. After her parents separated, she and her mother moved to Taunton, where her mother had family. Douglas also worked in a Boston department store.

■ In 1915, she became a reporter for the Miami Herald, where she began to learn of the problems associated with rapid development in South Florida. At the time, many believed that wetlands were useless swamps that should be drained and cleared for farming and housing.

■ Her 1947 best-seller, “The Everglades: River of Grass,’’ was a plea to preserve the delicate ecosystem. “There are no other Everglades in the world,” Douglas wrote. “They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.’’ Her impact on US wetlands policy has been likened to that of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” on the harmful effects of pesticides.

■ In her later years, Douglas, who was known to sport a straw hat, large glasses, and a string of pearls, embraced other causes. She was a charter member of the first American Civil Liberties Union chapter in the South and supported efforts to protect migrant farm workers.

■ Well into her second century, she remained active — and cantankerous: she was known to admonish reporters for asking stupid questions. In 1993, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. She later donated the medal to Wellesley College. Douglas died in 1998, at age 108, in the English-style cottage she had built in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood in 1926.

The Associated Press

Source: The Boston Globe

By Roy Greene –  February 20, 2018

LINK:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/2018/02/20/who-was-marjory-stoneman-douglas/I2qSAItF3Es3WOJrCFkUbP/story.html

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Congressional District 12 Candidates’ Forum

WHAT: Candidates’ Forum for District 12

WHEN: April 12th,
6:30 PM meet and greet;
7:00 – 9:00 PM the forum

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC), North

1610 State Rt. 521, Delaware, OH 43015

WHO: All candidates will be invited

The special election for Pat Tiberi’s vacated seat is receiving attention in the national press and is highly anticipated by Licking County voters.  Nineteen candidates have filed for this race. (!)

This forum is sponsored by three chapters of the LWV working together:  Delaware, Licking, and Metro Columbus. A few volunteers from each chapter will be needed to manage this event which will be structured around questions from the audience and will follow a strict time protocol.

The DACC North campus is about 40-45 minutes from us, so let’s plan to carpool.
Express your plans and interest on our Facebook page:


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Poll Workers Needed

Dear Friends in League,

Poll workers, or Precinct Elections Officials, are an essential ingredient in fair and legitimate elections.  Election day is long but you sleep with the satisfaction of having expended your energy well.  Training is required but your time is compensated.

Please consider this message from Andrea Eastman, member of the Licking County Board of Elections


We need you!

Become a Precinct Election Official in Licking County

 A Precinct Election Official (PEO), also known as a poll worker, is an election judge who, on Election Day, is responsible for proper and orderly voting in their assigned polling location. PEOs must arrive at their assigned location on election morning at 5:30 am and remain there until the polls close at 7:30 pm (and the last voter in line at 7:30 pm has voted), until all records are balanced, and until all equipment is loaded to return to the Board of Elections office. Licking County needs about 400 PEOs for each election. 

Am I eligible to be a PEO? Yes, if you are:

* A registered voter in Licking County
* Willing to attend a paid training session lasting 1 1/2 to 2 hours
* Enjoy working with people
* Are comfortable with technology
* Have reliable transportation
* Have never been convicted of a felony

What are the benefits of being a PEO?

* PEOs earn $130.00 for their service on Election Day
* PEOs are paid $20.00 to attend mandatory training
* A feeling of accomplishment that you have performed an important civic duty for your community
* Meet new people
* Learn how elections work

Sign up to be a PEO by contacting the Board of Elections at 740-670-5080,
emailing us at elections@lcounty.com

or filling out an online form at http://www.voterfind.com/lickingoh/pwapp.aspx
and we will notify you later for the next training class.


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Look forward to these coming events – February & March 2018

Dear Friends in League,

The Membership and Events Committee met recently and is planning a number of things, both social and educational, that we hope you will add to your calendars. Through discussion and learning we build community within the League and attract others to join us. Bring a friend!

League Social Get-Together

Wednesday, February 21, 5:30 to 7:00 at the River Road Coffee Shop on the square in Newark.

Palumbo’s good food and drink, including wine, can be purchased there as well. We will have the whole space. Come to get more acquainted with League members and hear a short update on what’s happening with Fair Districts and how League members can support their efforts.

Issue Program 

The Warming Center in Newark and Plans for a Women and Children’s Shelter.

Thursday, March 22, 5:30 to 7:00 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Newark. (592 West Main)

Deb Dingus, United Way Director and local pastor will talk about The Warming Center, why there is such a need, and plans for a facility for women and children in their church. A light meal served by women of the church. RSVP to Carol Apacki at capacki@roadrunner.com if you plan to eat so they can prepare enough food. We will take a collection to cover the cost of the food.

Future Issue Programs: Dates To be Determined

Public transportation in Licking County

The Children Defense Fund Freedom School in Croton, Ohio

Community drug abuse and what’s being done about it.

Experience in Reflective Structured Dialogue: (How to examine an issue from different perspectives and move a group from dialogue to action and implementation.)

Other suggestions for issues you want to learn more about? Please contact Carol Apacki (capacki@roadrunner.com).

Rita Kipp, President

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County Auditor – Unopposed Candidate Needs A Challenger

Dear Friends in League, 

I believe that the person running for County Auditor is unopposed.  Races with only one candidate are not really races, are they?  Let’s have competitive elections!  Anything else is, well, boring. 

Could you do this job?  Do you know anyone who could? Especially a woman?  Encourage him or her to run. I believe they need to file with the Board of Elections by February 7. 



County Auditor

The Auditor serves as the county’s chief fiscal officer, chief assessor and sealer of weights and measures. As fiscal officer, the auditor is responsible for maintaining county financial records and issuing warrants for payment of county obligations. As assessor, the auditor is charged with determining property values for taxing purposes and transferring real property deeds. And, as sealer of weights and measures, the auditor tests and certifies the accuracy of various commercial measuring devices.

Additionally, the County Auditor serves as secretary to both the Board of Revision and the Budget Commission. Other duties include issuing dog and vendor licenses, certifying tax rates, and administering various tax reduction programs.

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Shaping districts nationwide – Races for governor, state legislature key for redistricting

Races for governor, state legislature key for redistricting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year.

Yet the contests with the greatest long term consequences for Congress could be elsewhere on the ballot — for governors and state legislators who will shape the boundaries of congressional districts for the decade to come.

Voters in two-thirds of the states will be electing governors to new four-year terms in 2018. Of those, 26 will be vested with the power to approve or reject congressional maps that will be redrawn after the 2020 census.

Although most of the thousands of state lawmakers responsible for redistricting will be chosen in 2020, a total of 766 will be elected to four-year terms in nearly two dozen states where they will play a role in approving congressional maps.

Winning a governorship ensures a political party has at least some say in redistricting. Matching a governor with a legislature led by the same party — as Republicans have done in three times as many states as Democrats — gives a party the potential to draw favorable districts that could cement its power for a decade.

This year is “enormously consequential for redistricting,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who tracks redistricting nationwide. “The 2018 elections will in some cases decide — and in the rest of the cases, tee up — who is actually in charge of drawing the lines in 2020.”

During the last redistricting, Republicans who swept into control of numerous governorships and state legislatures in 2010 used their newfound power to draw lines that helped them win and retain majorities in the following years.

An AP analysis published earlier this year found that Republicans won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats in 2016 over what would have been expected based on their average vote share in congressional districts across the country. That helped provide the GOP with a comfortable majority — instead of a slim one — over Democrats.

While Democrats also have drawn congressional districts to their advantage, the AP’s analysis found nearly three times as many states with Republican tilted House districts among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress.

“There is an epidemic of gerrymandering,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who recently took over as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, “and the best way to cure it is to elect some Democratic governors so at least there is a person at the seat of the table.”

A total of 36 governor’s races are on the ballot next year, though two of those are to fill out two-year terms.

The Democratic Governors Association is targeting races in eight states — Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — that it believes could nearly wipe out the GOP congressional advantage if Democratic governors were able to forge favorable maps.

Republicans are targeting many of the same states while also hoping to flip Democratic governorships in Minnesota and elsewhere, and protect their turf in Arkansas, South Carolina and Texas.

“The majority of the House of Representatives is absolutely on the line,” said Jon Thompson, a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association. “If Republicans want to hold on to the House in this next decade, governors’ races are immensely important.”

The GOP will be defending 26 governorships in 2018, nearly half of which will be open because incumbents can’t or chose not to run again. Democrats will have nine governorships on the ballot. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, also is up for re-election.

Republicans control two-thirds of all state legislative chambers and hold a trifecta of the governor’s office and both legislative chambers in 25 states, compared with just eight for Democrats.

In places such as Illinois, Republicans will be hoping to re-elect a GOP governor who could counteract a Democratic-led Legislature during redistricting. Elsewhere, such as in Pennsylvania, it’s Democrats who are hoping to re-elect a governor to offset a Republican- led Legislature.

Gains by the minority party in either of those states’ legislatures also are important, because they could prevent the majority from overriding a gubernatorial veto of redistricting maps.

The stakes will be particularly high in Alabama and Maryland, the only two states where the governors and all lawmakers in both state legislative chambers will be up for election to four-year terms. In many other states, staggered Senate terms mean only half the members will be on the ballot, and House or Assembly members serve two-year terms.

Alabama has been a solid Republican state, but Democrats have new hope in state contests after Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special U.S. Senate election in December.

Maryland, by contrast, has been traditionally dominated by Democrats, who used a governmental trifecta to draw pro-Democratic congressional districts after the 2010 census. But it’s now led by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who holds generally favorable public approval ratings heading into the 2018 elections.

Hogan declined to say whether redistricting makes his re-election more important for Republicans, noting instead that he will continue to push for creation of a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing challenges to Maryland’s congressional map, as well as to a Wisconsin state Assembly map that favors Republicans.

If justices adopt a new standard for determining whether partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional, it could affect districts in those states for the upcoming elections and force all states to rethink the way they draw lines after the 2020 census.

“The majority of the House of Representatives is absolutely on the line. If Republicans want to hold on to the House in this next decade, governors’ races are immensely important.”

Jon Thompson

a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association

“There is an epidemic of gerrymandering, and the best way to cure it is to elect some Democratic governors so at least there is a person at the seat of the table.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Source: The Advocate

By: David A. Lieb


LINK:  http://newarkadvocate.oh.newsmemory.com/?token=1fc67f357af3795465e74946c49ba3d4&cnum=3161198&fod=1111111STD&selDate=20180107&licenseType=paid_subscriber&

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Melinda Gates: It’s Time for a New Era for Women

 Melinda Gates: It’s Time for a New Era for Women

Melinda Gates is the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

You may never know their names. They work beneath the headlines and far from the spotlight. When they receive formal recognition from bodies like the Nobel Committee, it is the exception, not the norm. But the fact remains: under the radar, grassroots organizations led by women are quietly changing the world.

The year 2017 has been a painful reminder that when men hold most of the power it’s all too easy for them to abuse it. But the moment of reckoning prompted by the “Me Too” conversation has also proven that by coming together and speaking in one voice, women can tip the balance. Thanks to these brave women, men are being held accountable for their actions as never before. It’s easy to dismiss the whispers of one woman. It’s much harder to ignore a movement.

This is a story that repeats itself all over the world. Women’s movements have successfully campaigned for workers’ rights in Pakistan, widows’ rights in Ethiopia and disability rights in Indonesia. They successfully pushed for an end to Liberia’s brutal civil war in 2003 and won suffrage in the U.S. back in 1920. In fact, a 2012 study, published in the American Political Science Review, looking at 70 countries over four decades found that women’s movements were more effective at advancing policy change–particularly on violence against women–than most other factors, including a country’s wealth and the number of women lawmakers in a legislative body. Simply put, women get things done.

Why? For one, women’s movements tend to be driven by people who share a deep, personal stake in the future of their communities. When I talked to Leymah Gbowee, who helped lead the movement that brought peace to Liberia, she told me that part of their success stemmed from the fact that the women she organized weren’t motivated by power or politics in the abstract–it was personal. “It was about our livelihood,” Leymah says.

Not only do women’s movements bring a sense of urgency to the work that they do, their deep knowledge of the customs that shape their communities offers important insight into solutions. When development policies are set from the top down, even though they may be well-intentioned, their impact doesn’t always reach everyone equally. Women’s organizations help drive progress that is more inclusive and sustainable.

What makes their track record even more remarkable is that many local women’s organizations are running on a median budget of just $20,000 a year. Considering their enormous potential to make life better for all of us, I think it’s time we give them a raise.

So here is my pitch: if we want to change the world, we should invest in the people who already are. In 2018 that will mean challenging ourselves to do a better job of finding and funding grassroots women’s movements. Right now, less than 2% of global funding for gender issues goes to local women’s organizations.

In recent years, governments like those in the Netherlands and Canada have invested significant resources in women’s movements, and I hope that others will follow suit. You can be sure that Bill and I will. Over the next three years, our foundation will be investing in women’s funds like Mama Cash and networks like Prospera, which provides financial support to women’s funds and grassroots women’s organizations in over 170 countries, spanning Africa to Asia to Latin America.

Imagine what’s possible if the world decides to partner with these organizers as their allies. Imagine how much more we can accomplish if the women who are doing so much to move the world forward finally have our full support behind them.

I’m hopeful that in 2018, we’ll do more than imagine that future. We’ll start making it a reality.

Gates is a co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This appears in the January 15, 2018 issue of TIME.

 Source:  Time Magazine
LINK:  read:http://time.com/5087358/melinda-gates-its-time-for-a-new-era-for-women/
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The Ohio state legislature is trying to undermine our efforts to end gerrymandering

The Ohio state legislature is trying to undermine our efforts to end gerrymandering by putting a watered-down version of redistricting reform on the May ballot. Their proposal will likely leave the legislature in control of drawing the congressional district map. We need an independent commission to take charge of the map. 

 Legislative action is imminent.  Please choose one of the following options. And please share this email with your friends.

 Here are the legislators you need to contact and their phone numbers:

 Sen. Matt Huffman: 614.466.7584

Rep. Kirk Schuring: 614.752.2438

Senate President Larry Obhof: 614.466.7505

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger: 614.466.3506

 Here’s a script for your call:

I’m an Ohio voter, and I care about redistricting reform. I’m calling today to let you know that I will be keeping an eye on what the Congressional Redistricting Working Group proposes, and I hope it will be meaningful, real reform — something I can support and, ideally, something very similar to the Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio proposal.

Source: OH12East <indivisibleoh12east@gmail.com>

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Supreme Court to take up Ohio’s purges of inactive voters

Supreme Court to take up Ohio’s purges of inactive voters


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Joseph Helle was expecting a different sort of reception when he returned home from Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and showed up to vote in his small Ohio town near Lake Erie.

His name was missing from the voting rolls in 2011, even though Helle had registered to vote before leaving home at 18 and hadn’t changed his address during his military service.

Helle, now the mayor of Oak Harbor, Ohio, is among thousands of state residents with tales of being removed from Ohio’s rolls because they didn’t vote in some elections. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 10 in the disputed practice, which generally pits Democrats against Republicans.

The case has taken on added importance because the parties have squared off over ballot access across the country. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to suppress votes from minorities and poorer people who tend to vote for Democrats. Republicans have argued that they are trying to promote ballot integrity and prevent voter fraud. Only a handful of states use a process similar to Ohio’s, but others could join in if the high court sides with the state.

Adding to the mix, the Trump administration reversed the position taken by the Obama administration and is now backing Ohio’s method for purging voters.

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Helle, 31, describes himself as a “red-state Democrat” and did not vote for President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

“I’m not one of these people that flaunts their military service, by any means, but to be told I couldn’t do one of the fundamental rights I went off and served this country for was just appalling,” Helle said, recounting his reaction after being dropped from voter registration rolls.

Ohio has used voters’ inactivity to trigger the removal process since 1994, although groups representing voters did not sue the Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted, until 2016. As part of the lawsuit, a judge last year ordered the state to count 7,515 ballots cast by people whose names had been removed from the voter rolls.

A federal appeals court panel in Cincinnati split 2-1 last year in ruling that Ohio’s process is illegal. In May, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

Under Ohio rules, registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period are targeted for eventual removal from registration rolls, even if they haven’t moved and remain eligible. The state says it removes names only after local election boards send notices and there’s no subsequent voting activity for the next four years. Ohio argues this helps ensure election security.

“It’s important for us to keep up-to-date, accurate voter logs,” said Aaron Sellers, a spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections in Ohio’s largest county.

Helle said he had no idea his name had been dropped, and said he mailed in absentee ballots in some years and not others. His local elections board said it has no record that Helle voted while he was away.

But even if he hadn’t voted, Helle said opting not to cast a ballot should be a voter’s choice and shouldn’t be penalized.

“That’s part of the free-speech argument to me,” he said. “Choosing not to vote is as important as choosing to vote. It’s one way to say, I do not believe in what’s going on here, or in either candidate, for instance.”

The main argument on behalf of voters whose registrations were canceled is that federal voting law specifically prohibits states from using voter inactivity to trigger purges. The state “purges registered voters who are still eligible to vote,” former and current Ohio elections officials said in a brief supporting the voters.

At the Supreme Court, voting cases often split the court’s liberal and conservative justices. Civil rights groups contend that a decision for Ohio would have widespread implications because there is a “nationwide push to make it more difficult and costly to vote,” as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund told the court. A dozen mainly Democratic states also want the Supreme Court to declare that Ohio’s system violates federal law.

Ohio, backed by 17 other mostly Republican states, said it is complying with federal law. The state, where Republicans have controlled the secretary of state’s office for all but four years since 1991, said it first compares its voter lists with a U.S. postal service list of people who have reported a change of address. The problem, the state said, is that some people move without notifying the post office.

So the state asks people who haven’t voted in two years to confirm their eligibility. If they do, or if they show up to vote over the next four years, voters remain registered. If they do nothing, their names eventually fall off the list of registered voters.

The Trump administration said the practice complies with federal law because people are not removed from the rolls “by reason of their initial failure to vote.” They are sent a notice, the administration said in its Supreme Court brief, but only removed if “they fail to respond and fail to vote” in the elections that follow the notice.

A decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, 16-980, is expected by late June.

Sherman reported from Washington.

Source: WOSU


LINK:  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/supreme-court-to-take-up-ohios-purges-of-inactive-voters

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