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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

August 26 Celebratiion of Women's Equality Day

August is pretty short on holidays, but there is one that is important to the League of Women Voters. It's Women's Equality Day, August 26th, the anniversary of the 1920 ratification of the 19th amendment to the constitution giving women the right to vote after 72 years of struggle. Tennessee was the last state needed to ratify; the deciding vote of one young, brave state legislator meant that women could vote in the 1920 presidential election.

The League of Women Voters was the there in the suffrage movement, so that's our anniversary too! If you want to learn more about Women's Equality Day, listen to Your Day on SCEPR on Monday, August 25th at lunch time.

Each year the Clemson League has a Women's Equality Day party, inviting members and prospective members to a social event to kick off the League year, talk about the League, and have a program honoring some of the heroines of women engaged in advocacy and action. This year we dig back deep into our South Carolina roots with a short readers' theatre presentation of the Grimke sisters, daughters of slave owners who defied their family to fight for both abolition and women's suffrage in the early 1800s.

The event is at 7 p.m. at the OLLI building at Patrick Square. Wine and refreshments will be served. Y'all come!

On the ballot in November: Electing the Adjutant General

Your Vote Counts!This link provides a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of electing the Adjutant General.

Questions & Responses: 3rd Congressional District candidates

Before the primary election, we requested candidates for the 3rd Congressional District. Jeff Duncan (R) and Barbara Jo Mullis (D) won that election. Here are answers to four questions about topics of current interest. RESPONSES continue to be posted when received.

1. Now that the Affordable Care Act has been implemented, what changes or improvements would you like to see Congress make? RESPONSES

2. One of the areas in which the United States is falling behind is infrastructure, particularly transportation infrastructure--highways and bridges, public, port facilities, rail transport and other mass transit. How do you think these improvements should be financed, and what should the role of the federal government be? RESPONSES

3. A recent report on climate change calls attention to the issue of rising sea levels. Since you would be (if elected) representing a coastal state (23 of the 50 states have some seacoast), what actions should Congress take to help us address the potential damage to property and the economy along the coast? RESPONSES

4. What role should the federal government play in funding K-12 and higher education, and what should its priorities be? RESPONSES

RECYCLE YOUR CFLs

Home Depot now accepts used compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at all of its US locations. Many CFL users have been concerned about mercury contamination when these super-efficient bulbs wear out. Now we can dispose of them safely.

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