Making Democracy Work

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.

Women's Equality Day Celebration

August 25, 5 - 7 p.m. at OLLI building.

Come to a special party -- food and entertainment provided by your local League members. This is a great way to kick off our program schedule for the coming year!

Health Care Discussion -- Saturday, Aug. 29

WHAT: David Ball, who is leading the League of Women Voters of South Carolin study of Health Care and the Affordable Care Act, will meet with us to discuss the direction this study should take and how we can be involved.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library, 304 Biltmore Road, Easley, SC

David writes:

At our first Healthcare Conversation, held in Charleston, we heard several valuable perspectives. While I can confidently say that I know how healthcare should be financed (Single Payer), how care is delivered is a different matter entirely. We heard from an educator, a pediatric nurse practitioner, an ED doctor, a clinic-based nurse, as well as consumers of healthcare. Each offered valuable insight. We look forward to hearing from members of your League and your community.

We have reserved the large meeting room on the right as you come in the front entrance of the library.

Pickens County School Board News

H 4299, a bill that would add one at-large member to the Pickens County School Board, was passed by the SC House by a 61-1 vote. Rep. Gary Clary and Rep. Neal Collins co-sponsored this bill.

It is likely that the future of this bill will depend on the ability of the Pickens County School Board to correct the problems cited by AdvanceEd. Senator Larry Martin writes, "I do not want to do anything at this time that shifts the focus away from what this board needs to do in order to positively respond. It is for this reason that H.4299 will remain on the local calendar for the time being in the Senate."

The League of Women Voters supports adding at-large representation to the Pickens County School Board. Our rationale is expressed in a recent Letter to the Editor .

LWV Supports Pickens County Millage Increase

A quality public education is essential for a strong and sustainable democratic society and is a civil right.

The League of Women Voters believes that our schools should be adequately financed. Therefore, we support this increase in the millage rate.

A petition supporting the millage increase is available here   A short analysis of funding of education by state government is available at MY TURN: Local government by the numbers, a commentary by Dr. Holley Ullbrich in The Statehouse Report, May 23.

Dr. Holley Ulbrich made a statement to the Pickens County School Board on May 26, describing the economic situation in Pickens County.

League Members Attend Voting Fair in Columbia

Please click here to read a report on the Voting Fair. This article will appear in the SC Voter.


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