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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.


March 7. Sandy Praeger was awarded the 2015 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award today at a luncheon at the Brandon Woods Smith Center.

2015 Helen Fluker Award recipient Sandy Praeger (left) with LWV-LDC President Cille King (right)

February 17. The LWV-LDC study committee on local economic development policy has released a draft report on effectiveness of local economic development for purposes of discussion and feedback. You can download the report from our reports and minutes page.

February 16. League member Alan Cowles has updated his report on government secrecy in Douglas County. The update examines practices employed in closing meetings between January 2009 through June 2013 by the Board of Trustees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Health Department, the Douglas County Commission, and the Lawrence City Commission, and compares them with closed meeting practices used the same governmental entities between July 2013 and June 2014. You can download the full, updated report here.

February 7. Get to know the candidates for the Lawrence City Commission primary race! We are posting profiles of candidates for the March 3rd primary. To download them, visit our elections page.

January 13. League President Cille King and Kansas River Keeper Laura Caldwell joined interviewer Jay Wachs for a discussion of the Kansas River and water quality in northwest Kansas. Listen to the full interview here.

December 20. Our December Brown Bag Lunch Meeting, featuring Lawrence City Manager David Corliss, who presented his annual update about 2014 city endeavors and plans for 2015, is up on U-Tube! To view it, click here.

August 18. The Kansas Legislative Research Department 2014 Legislative Highlights was released on July 15. You can download the document as a pdf here.

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League in the news: Recent articles and letters to the Lawrence Journal-Word from League members

League member David Burress, Flawed logic (1 March 2015).

League member Bill Getz, Albatross? (8 January 2015).

League members Lawrence and Lynne Bodle, Bad Idea (2 December 2014).

League member David Burress, Historical Parallel (25 November 2014).

League member George M. Brenner, Disappointed (8 November 2014).

League member J. Mike Pryor, Out of Mideast (7 November 2014).

League member Robert A. Duver, Law of the Land (25 October 2014).

League member Ann Carlin Ozegovic, Women on a Mission (23 October 2014).

League member Lauralyn Bodle was profiled as one of the winners of the 2014 Phoenix Awards in Rise and shine: 2014 Phoenix Award winners promote arts, inclusivity (11 October 2014).

League member David Burress, Smart Business (11 October 2014).

League member Laura Routh, Tax process (21 September 2014).

KU journalism student and League summer volunteer, Kaitlyn Klein, Primary vote (5 July 2014).

League member David Burress, Shared facility (24 June 2014).

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Student debt (14 June 2014).

League President Cille King, New voters (24 May 2014).

League member David Burress, Bikes, sidewalks (22 May 2014).

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Immoral action (28 April 2014).

LWVK President Dolores Furtado, Due process (8 April 2014)

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Suppressed vote (26 March 2014).

League member Midge Grinstead, Animal welfare (14 Mar 2014).

League Co-President David Burress, Patent policy (6 Mar 2014)

League member Caroljean Brune, Wasteful spending (21 Feb 2014).

League member Scott Criqui, Disheartening bill (15 Feb 2014).

League member Marilyn Roy, Rental issues (4 Feb 2014).

League Co-President David Burress, Court system (3 Feb 2014).

League Co-President David Burress, Spreading stores (23 Jan 2014).

League member Melinda Henderson, Insurance boon (4 January 2014).

The League's effort to register Douglas County voters in suspense was profiled in Volunteers working with Douglas County to help would-be voters get registered (25 November 2013).

League member Marilyn Roy, Money talks (5 November 2013).

League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Real insurance (2 November 2013).

Lawrence resident Annie Reed, League lauded (2 October 2013).

League board member Caroljean Brune was profiled in Longtime Lawrence activist recalls 1972 fight for women's rights (29 September 2013).

League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Voting rights (25 September 2013).

Letter from Cille King, ACA misperceptions (25 June 2013).

Column by Charles Stansifer, Opinion: Retired professor examines foreign policy columns (12 June 2013).

Letter from Sarah Casad, Food stamps vital (10 June 2013).

Letter from Forrest Swall, Sinking state (7 June 2013).

Letter from Patrick Wilbur, Gun fears unfounded (5 June 2013).

Letter from Marilyn Roy, Downtown demise (31 May 2013).

Annual Meeting 2014

Summary of Business Transactions. During the business meeting, the membership:
  • Adopted a budget that included a raise to the Stucky Award (from $750 to $1000) and assumes fundraising sufficient to account for our new dues structure.
  • Adopted proposed changes to articles IV and IX of our bylaws. New language to Article IX describes how we adopt a program, what that program is comprised of (action, positions, studies), and how we can change our positions.
  • Formally adopted the dues structure essentially in effect since the previous December. Although our annual per member payments to LWVUS and LWVK are $49, most membership levels are significantly lower and all are merely suggested. No one will be denied membership because s/he is unable to pay the suggested dues.
  • Elected Cille King and Carrie Lindsey to one-year terms as Co-President and Vice President; Debra Duncan and Austin Turney to two-year year terms on the Board of Directors; and Mary Lou Wright (Chair), Sharon Brown, and Carladyne Conyers to the nominating committee. Continuing members of the Board of Directors are Margaret Arnold, Caroljean Brune, James Dunn, Midge Grinstead and Marlene Merrill; members of the executive committee are Treasurer Marjorie Cole and Secretary Caleb Morse. There were no nominees for the other Co-President, President-Elect, and one vacant seat on the Board of Directors. Two board members will be appointed to the nominating committee by the board of directors at a later date.
  • Adopted two studies:
    1. A study of local economic development policy, to be chaired by David Burress
    2. A study of policy to support the development of one more entities that would supplement the reporting of local news, to be chaired by Alan Cowles Minutes of the meeting may be found on our reports and minutes page.