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LWVLPC mission, structure, statements, policies and current activities

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*Josephine Corliss Preston (2nd from left) became Washington's first female statewide elected official when she was voted State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1912.
This photo of her family was taken in 1887, the year she became a teacher, at age 14, in rural Minnesota. Born in 1873, she is second from the left, with her parents and siblings.

For more news about the LWVLPC Women's Suffrage celebration, click HERE

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*6/17/19: Colorado voters may face ballot question to repeal TABOR after court ruling with "broad implications". PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2019 10:35AM MDTPOLITICS AND GOVERNMENT PRIMARY CATEGORY IN WHICH BLOG POST IS PUBLISHED Brian Eason

The 5-2 opinion reverses a state title board decision in January that ruled the ballot measure violated the single subject clause of the state constitution

For more info, Click Colorado Sun


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*7/31/19 LWVCO: Click LWVCO July Voter to access the latest Voter news.

Highlights include:

  • Making Democracy Work Day Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Making Democracy Work Day (League Day) on September 21st at the Colorado History Museum

  • Recall petition drives Recall petition drives are becoming somewhat more frequent in Colorado. Local Leagues faced with recall in their areas are concerned about what the role of the League should be in these drives.

  • 020 Census - Federal Funding LWVCO is applying for a federal Census 2020 grant through the Department of Local Affairs, with funding to be distributed to participating Leagues throughout Colorado. Grant dollars will be awarded to conduct 2020 census outreach, promotion, and education, focusing on hard-to-count communities in the state. IF YOUR LEAGUE WANTS TO PARTICIPATE, LWVCO NEEDS TO KNOW.

*3/5/19 LWVCO: Click Send A Message: A directory of State and National Elected Officials in Colorado to help you find contact information for your US & Colorado Elected Officials


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Click The League Update to read the League Update for AUGUST 1, 2019

Highlights include:

  • Census Webinar Recording and Materials Available

The policy and advocacy webinar covering the 2020 Census was well attended. A recording for those that would like to revisit the materials or view them for the first time is now available.

  • Reminder: Voting Rights Vigils on Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Passage

LWVUS is cosponsoring an effort to host Voting Rights Vigils on August 6. The vigils will shed light on the impact of the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision and demand that Congress restore the voting rights protections of the Voting Rights Act.

  • LWVUS Endorses Fair Elections Now Act

The Fair Elections Now Act, which is the small-donor-focused public financing bill that was included in HR1, was reintroduced by Senator Durbin. The League supports this legislation that will help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money special interests by creating a voluntary system of public financing for Senate candidates.

  • League Urges Support for Census Bureau Funding in FY 2020 Budget

On July 24, the League joined a letter directed to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to support funding for the constitutionally required 2020 Census.

Click LWV July Highlights to read the July 2019 highlights

Highlights include:

  • You're going to keep hearing about the Census. The 2020 Census will shape our nation's government, public policy, and budgets for an entire decade.

  • It's time for an Equal Rights Amendment. Despite the significant advances that have been made in recent decades, women continue to face discrimination on the basis of sex.

The symptoms of this systemic discrimination are clear in the ongoing fights against unequal pay, workplace harassment, pregnancy discrimination, domestic violence, and limited access to comprehensive healthcare.

It is not enough to treat the symptoms; we must address the root cause of inequality by amending the Constitution and passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Our Mission and Roles

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

    To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.

    Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

History of the League of Women Voters

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.
Click La Plata League history to access our archives maintained at Fort Lewis College.

Policies, Bylaws and Job Descriptions for LWVLPC

Past Events-19

*LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LA PLATA COUNTY held its ANNUAL MEETING with speaker Melissa Youssef. Official minutes of the meeting should be available in July. Click here to read the unofficial notes on the proceedings.

Legislative Lowdown

*If you were unable to attend the LWVLPC-sponsored Legislative Lowdown featuring State Senator Don Coram and State Representative, Barbara McLachlan, you can read/watch the proceedings in the following ways:

  • About 100 people attended a La Plata County League of Women Voters annual Legislative Lowdown at Durango Public Library, where community members were invited to ask questions of state Rep. Barbara McLachlan and state Sen. Don Coram in effort to understand their legislative priorities. Click HERE to read more from the Durango Herald April 6 On-Line edition

  • On-line via Durango Government Television at DGOV Click on Special Programs in the left-hand box.

  • Via Charter Spectrum Channels 191 and 981, channel 10.1 for over the air antenna users

Durango City Council Election

*Baxter and Noseworthy win seats on City Council, Durango Herald, 4/2/19
Click election results to read more.

*Durango voters narrowly approve sales tax question, Durango Herald, 4/2/19
Click election results to read more.

*If you were unable to attend the LWVLPC-sponsored City Council Forum on Monday, March 11, you can read/watch the proceedings in the following ways:

  • Durango's budget and spending come under scrutiny at candidates forum City Council hopefuls offer ideas to solve budget woes By Jonathan Romeo County & environment reporter, Durango Herald, March 13, 2019.

  • On-line via Durango Government Television at DGOV Click on Special Programs in the left-hand box.

  • Via Charter Spectrum Channels 191 and 981, channel 10.1 for over the air antenna users.

GD2019 *On Tuesday, March 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our fifth discussion will be "State of the State Department and Diplomacy." Facilitator Curt Johnson will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.
Join the discussion. We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

*1/27/19 LWVLPC: The League of Women Voters of La Plata County held its Annual Planning Meeting on January 22.
Highlights of the meeting include:

  • an agreement to postpone 2019 League activities related to policy amendments and future studies and to devote our concentrated efforts toward the theme of "Making Democracy Work".
  • a welcome to Martha Mason, ED of the Southwest Center for Independence as the newest member of the LWV-LPC Board.
  • to welcome and listen to Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, as she outlined the 2019 legislative focus for her organization's environmental-based actions.

*Click 2019 Planning Meeting Notes to read the notes from our meeting.

JANUARY 22, 2019, 12:15 PM



This will be our annual planning meeting, as required by League policy, to discuss national League Issues & Positions, whether there are any changes or new studies we want to support, and to reaffirm support for all others. If you want to review (or read for first time) the full Policy Positions, go to this website: .

We will have this discussion while finishing our soup, then welcome our speaker, Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer, Conservation Colorado. Lisa will give us an introduction to Conservation Colorado and her work in Durango, and what the organization will be supporting in the Legislature this session.

Please join us and give your input on National League policies, plus enjoy a good lunch and hear about some important Colorado legislative happenings.

We welcome you to bring a pot of soup, or some bread, to share for lunch. Please let me know if are able to help with this. Thanks and see you on the 22d.


*The 2019 Great Decisions discussion group will begin Tuesday, January 29 and conclude May 7.
Sessions will be held bi-weekly (every two weeks) from 11:45am to 1:45pm in Program Rooms 1 & 2 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave in Durango, CO.
Checks for $25 for each briefing book should be made out to "LWVLPC" and mailed to Susan McGinness, 756 E. 6th Ave, Durango, CO. 81301.