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LWVUS 2017 Council   June 22 - 26  Leesburg, VA

LWVTV Annual Meeting **May 20**

30th Alaska Legislature

First Regular Session:  January 17, 2017 -

LWVTV Annual Meeting -  May 20, 2017

A nice group of members gathered together at Raven Landing to find out what the LWVTV has been doing this year, adopt a program and budget for the coming year and hold elections. Members were actively engaged and there were spirited discussions throughout the meeting. We were also lucky to enjoy a lively presentation by Marna Sanford (Tanana Chiefs Conference) discussing their progress, learning experiences and a look forward for Get Out the Native Vote.

 

Special thanks to outgoing Board members:  Donna Dinsmore, Emma Marcucci and Matthew Putnam, and, Past-President Phyllis Tugman-Alexander.

 

Note that Phyllis Tugman-Alexander was elected earlier this year as Vice President of the State League and Mary Lee Guthrie as a State Director; Tanana Valley is well-represented at the State LWVAK.

 

Officers and Board for the LWVTV for 2017 - 2018 year are:

Officers:
 

President - Rebecca Heaton

Vice President - Sue Sherif

Secretary - Jenifer Cameron

Treasurer - Jean James

Past-President - Shari George

Board of Directors:

 

Elise Alexander

Mary Lee Guthrie

Clare Hill

Helenmarie Matesi

Karen Parr

Joan Soutar

Recommended 2017 Program Plan
Recommendations 2017 LWVTV Local Program[...]
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LWVAK Annual Convention April 22-23, 2017 in Fairbanks

Thanks to IBEW 1547 for sharing their space.

 

Saturday evening the convention enjoyed the traditional auction and dinner at Pike's Waterfront Lodge. We were treated to a very interesting and thought-provoking talk by Adam Tanner on his in-depth research into privacy concerns and the selling of medical data to private companies. His latest book, Our Bodies, Our Data - How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records, gives one plenty to think about.

League members from across Alaska gathered at the IBEW for the state's annual convention. The convention was opened by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Ralph Beistline. Following Judge Beistline's remarks, the convention began the formal business meeting. As part of the proceedings, League members were encouraged to participate in the March for Science. Pat Watt (Juneau League) then worked with the group in developing a How to Run for Local Office workshop based on material developed by the Juneau League in collaboration with the Juneau City Clerk's Office, the Juneau Public Libraries and the Juneau School District. LWVTV organized a panel made up of Nadine Winters offering a candidate's perspective, Linda Schandelmeier speaking on the impacts to family and Lachlan Gillespie who has been a campaign manager and legislative staffer.

 

Sunday the convention concluded with formal business including program adoption and elections.

Pat Pitney budget discussion hosted by League and UAF Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking (SWEET) Feb. 14

LWVTV partnered with SWEET to offer the public an opportunity to hear the latest State of Alaska budget updates from Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney. Even though it was late afternoon on Valentine's Day about 85 attended the presentation and question-and-answer session held at Schaible Auditorium. Director Pitney presented facts, figures and a plea to advocate for balancing the budget. She brought the budget to "human" terms by comparing Alaska's to an average family budget.

 

The event also offered us the opportunity to acknowledge League's 97th birthday and remember Elizabeth Peratrovich for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska. Special thanks to UAF economics professors Sherri Wall and Chris Wright and League members Sue Sherif and Mary Lee Guthrie.

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New School Finance Position Approved by LWV Alaska Board

November 21, 2016

The position will need to be affirmed at the LWVAK State Convention in April. Please review prior to the convention.

LWVAK School Finance Position
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November 8, 2016 General Election

See Alaska's official election results

 

League members assisted voters at the Pioneer Home and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Shirley Gordon, Meg Green, Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Dianne Hermann, Clare Hill, Ann Swift and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander worked with the Division of Elections and staff at both facilities to ensure all were able to cast their ballots.

Tanana Chiefs Candidate Mixer

TCC held a candidate mixer at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall on November 4. Candidates from across the Borough area attended and were available for one-on-one discussions. League joined with this Get Out the Native Vote opportunity.

Elders and Youth Conf. - Oct. 17 - 19           Alaska Federation of Natives Conference Oct. 20 - 22

The LWVTV joined with Get Out the Native Vote supporters to register voters and provide information at the Elders and Youth Conference hosted by the First Alaskans Institute and at the Alaska Federation of Natives 50th Annual Convention. Both conferences were held at the Carlson Center.

 

This was a wonderful chance to meet young people and encourage them to be lifelong participants in voting. It also let us show our support for the Get Out the Native Vote project.

 

Thanks to Linda Witt, Jean James, Caroline Wolf, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Ann Swift, Karen Parr, Mary Lee Guthrie, Donna Dinsmore and Shari George.

Oct. 8 -9 - Go Winter! Expo

Will we see this temperature this winter?

We registered 63 voters at the Go Winter! Expo.

 

Thanks to Carol Ann Varner, Ann McCann, Caroline Wolf, Jennifer Schmidt, Rebecca George-Heaton, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Helenmarie Matesi and Shari George.

 

A big Thank You to KO Productions for providing booth space.

Alaska Municipal Election Day - Oct 4, 2016

The League hosted a local candidates forum on September 27 at the FNSB Assembly Chambers. Candidates for the Borough Assembly and School Board answered a series of questions posed by the League. Each of the propositions appearing on the ballot was read as well.

Following the forum, the public had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the candidates. Here, League member Mary Lee Guthrie discusses issues with candidates Matt Cooper and Shaun Tacke.

 

League members also made sure voters at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center were able to cast their ballots.

Fair Booth a Success

Working for democracy, we registered 68 voters and gathered 11 Absentee Ballot appplications!!

 

 

Candidates Forum at Fair Attracts a Crowd

We sponsored a candidates forum on August 11 from 6:00 - 8:45 pm.

 

Candidates for House Districts 1,2,5 and 6 and candidates for Senate District B and House Districts 3 and 4 were asked a series of League-prepared questions.

 

The forum was webcast and recorded. Links were provided for folks who were unable to attend.

 

Strawpoll Results - 460 Ballots Cast 8/5/16 - 8/14/16

SEAT CANDIDATE COUNT
SENATE -R    
  Kendall 14
  Lamb 9
  Lochner 13
  Murkowski 109
REP - R    
  Heikes 4
  Tingley 9
  Wright 32
  Young 112
SENATE-A    
  Blatchford 91
  Metcalfe 145
  Stevens 26
REP-A    
  Hibler 24
  Hinz 23
  Lindbeck 182
  McDermott 22
  Watts 9
AK SENATE-R    
  Coghill 48
AK SENATE-A    
  Hopkins 131
HOUSE DIST 1-A    
  Kawasaki 43
HOUSE DISTRICT 2-R    
  Thompson 20
HOUSE DISTRICT 2-A    
  Holdaway 11
HOUSE DISTRICT 3-R    
  Wilson 27
HOUSE DISTRICT 3-A    
  Sinclair 22
HOUSE DISTRICT 4-A    
  Guttenberg 108
HOUSE DISTRICT 5-R    
  Lojewski 22
HOUSE DISTRICT 5-A    
  Wool 78
HOUSE DISTRICT 6-R    
  Smith 6
  Talerico 7
HOUSE DISTRICT 6-A    
  Land 12
     
BOROUGH BALLOTS
ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLY B    
  Tacke 162
ASSEMBLY C    
  Gray 83
  Borges 95
ASSEMBLY I    
  Cooper 157
SCHOOL BOARD
SB A    
  Strauch 80
  Bartels 125
SB C    
  Morris 45
  Rhoades 30
  McConnell 135
SB D    
  Burley 40
  Lambert 145

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"Wrongful Convictions and Alaska Justice Reform"

UAF Associate Journalism Professor, Fulbright Scholar, and journalist for 30 years; Brian Patrick O'Donoghue addressed the Annual League Meeting, April 2.

Dates to Remember:

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Program-Denali Elementary

   On Wednesday, Feb. 17th

Alaska Native Education presented a marvelous Elizabeth Peratrovich program at Denali Elementary featuring a composite video of local students reciting Ms Peratrovich's famous speech to the Alaska Territorial Legislature urging passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska in 1944.

     ANE Coordinator Yatibaey Evans encouraged the crowd of over 100 Native families  and students to take an active role in government by informing themselves on the issues and to VOTE at each and every election.

     George Freese was the guest speaker who eloquently conveyed how his 18 years of unjust incarceration was only recently ended through the overwhelming commitment and perseverance of activist community members and legal battles waged by the Alaska Innocence Project.  In a very moving speech Mr. Freese thanked those who fought for his freedom for all those years and committed himself to continue their activism to improve representation and justice in Alaska.

Thank you to "Meet & Greet" presenters Carol Ann Varner, Emma Marcucci and Joan Soutar 

Carol Ann Varner describes the many venues for Voter Registrations Dec. 8th. Thank you to IBEW for use of their conference room.
League Members Helenmarie Matesi and Clare Hill were among many League Volunteers who helped over 50 residents register to Vote, or update their Voter Registration at the Go Winter! Expo
Chena Riverfront in Fairbanks, photo by Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

League Volunteers Assist  25 Residents to Vote 

Past president Jennifer Schmidt coordinated assisted voting at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the Pioneers Home.  She was  joined by Clare Hill, Ginny McDowell and Mary Lee Guthrie On Tuesday, Oct. 6th for our Borough Election. Many thanks to these Volunteers in helping to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to vote. Well done!

Northern Lights in Fairbanks, October 11th, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Naturalization Ceremony

Volunteer thanks

   League members  volunteered at the Naturalization Ceremony, September 17, at the Federal Building, and were thrilled to welcome 21 of our newest citizens and register 16 to vote. Thanks to Carol Ann Varner for continuing to coordinate these heartwarming events, and to Clare Hill and Sue Sheriff for volunteering their time.

   The next Naturalization Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for March 11, 2016.

 

Forging Alaska's

Fiscal Future, Forums Huge Success!

     The Last  Forum of the Five part series "Forging Alaska's Fiscal Future" continued to impart important financial information in a very palatable format.

   Please continue your involvement in fiscal planning by contacting legislators, writing  Letters to the Editor, and opening discussions with friends and family.

     You can continue gathering fiscal information by accessing Governor Walker's proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund, Revenue and Expenditure Model  and Challenge at:

www.gov.alaska/Walker

 

League of Women Voters Fiscal Committee Members Mary Lee Guthrie, Clare Hill, Jean James, Sue Sheriff, and Shari George worked endlessly to coordinate the OLLI class and the five evening Forums.
October 12 Final Forum presenters Joe Paskvan, Richard Fineberg, Dermot Cole and Ken Alper.
Oct. 7th Panel of Interior Representatives Adam Wool, Steve Thompson, Dave Guttenburg, fielded questions presented by Alaska Dispatch columnist Dermot Cole.
September 23, 2015 Forum Sean Holland photo, September 23 Forum with former State Senators Gary Wilken & Joe Paskvan, Randy Hoffbeck Alaska Commissioner of Revenue and League of Women Voters Tanana Valley Chapter moderator Shari George.
Mike Barnhill, Alaska Department of Administration, Sept. 16
September 16, "Forging Alaska's Fiscal Future" Sean Holland, UAF eLearning, photo of panel: City Council Member Jerry Cleworth, FNSBSD CFO Lisa Pearce, Mayor Luke Hopkins, former legislator Steve Frank

Mission

The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to encourage active and informed citizen participation in government. We provide factual information on the structure and function of government, voting procedures and election issues.

 

We DO NOT support or oppose candidates or political parties, but DO take positions on issues which we have studied and discussed.

 

Our purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.

 

Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley

 

President: Shari George ( 2016 - 2017)

Vice President: Sue Sherif (2016 - 2017)

Secretary: Jenifer Cameron (2015-2017)

Treasurer: Jean James (2016 - 2018)

Past-President: Phyllis Tugman-Alexander (2016 -2017)

 

Directors


Donna Dinsmore (2015-2017)

Mary Lee Guthrie (2015-2017)

Clare Hill (2015-2017)

Emma Marcucci (2015-2017)

Joan Soutar (2016 - 2018)

Karen Parr (2016 -2018)

Matthew Putnam (2016 - 2018)

 

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State Board Members

Judy Andree, President
(Juneau) 2018

Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, Vice-President
(Tanana Valley) 2018

Gail Knobf, Secretary
(Central Peninsula) 2018

Cheryl Jebe, Treasurer
(Juneau) 2019
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Anchorage) 2018

Directors

Hetty Barthel
(Juneau) 2018

Karen Griffin
(Central Peninsula) 2019

Mary Lee Guthrie
(Tanana Valley) 2019

Diane Mathisen

(Anchorage) 2018

Local League Presidents

Joyce Anderson 

(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2018

Gail Knobf
(President, LWV of Central Peninsula) 2017

Rebecca Heaton
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2018

Chris Niemi
President, LWV of Juneau) 2018

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