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Democracy is not a spectator sport!

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.

April 16 General Meeting -- Education

Speaker: Ansel Sanders, President and CEO od Public Education Partners in Greenville County. Public Education Partners' mission is to lead our community in acting collectively to support, strengthen, and advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools.

Our discussion will revolve around sharing the mission and work of Public Education Partners, our perspective on the current education reform bill, and engaging in dialogue surrounding the bill and other topics relevant to public education.

Annual Dinner May 7 -- Redistricting/Reapportionment: In the Room Where It Happened.

;If you think that publication of the decennial Census sets off an exercise in good government where our political leadership sets out to draw maps that serve constituents and ensure that legislatures are constituted to ensure that all viewpoints have a fair opportunity to be heard, there is an investment opportunity in a large bridge in Brooklyn you should investigate! From over thirty years' experience in South Carolina redistricting, John Ruoff will talk about the theory and the practice of drawing district lines in the Palmetto State. Ruoff will talk about how South Carolina elected officials engage in racial gerrymandering, partisan gerrymandering and, above all, incumbency protection. He'll address the ways to approach redistricting so that voters choose their representatives, rather than representatives choosing their voters.

John Ruoff has been involved in redistricting since the days of paper maps, magic markers and adding machines. He has drawn maps for every level of single-member districts in South Carolina, from boards of public works to the U.S. Congress, including the last three rounds of statewide redistricting. He has testified as an expert in redistricting and voting rights cases on drawing district maps, racial polarization in voting, history and socio-economic disparities. He co-authored a law review article on voting rights in South Carolina: 1982-2006. He holds advanced degrees in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ruoff lives in Columbia, SC, with his wife Ann Maletic, the Treasurer of the Columbia League.

Judge requires EPA to produce research

LINK to Scientific American Article.

On Friday, June 8, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Beryl Howell, ordered the EPA:

"Particularly troubling is the apparent premise of this agency challenge to the FOIA request, namely: that the evidentiary basis for a policy or factual statement by an agency head, including about the scientific factors contributing to climate change, is inherently unknowable."

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Justice Department will not defend individual mandate

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