Join LWVMA and LWVN at Day on the Hill on Tuesday!

Make the League’s voice loud on Beacon Hill. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 24, for the annual LWVMA lobby day, Day on the Hill. Our theme this year is Moving the Needle on League Priorities, and we’ll be focusing on key legislation in voting, the environment, immigration and criminal justice reform. Keynote speakers are Rep. Patricia Haddad, speaker pro tempore in the House, and Sen. Cynthia Creem, assistant majority leader in the Senate. Registration and coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the State House, with the program from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll offer a brief tutorial on how to lobby before you go see your own legislators after the program. Register here for Day on the Hill. Your presence boosts the League’s clout!

LWVN members will be having lunch with members of our Beacon Hill delegation after the program–let us know if you can join us!  RSVP at info@lwvnewton.org so we can be sure to order enough.

Another way to help pass the charter proposal: talk to your friends and neighbors

Here’s an easy way to help pass the charter proposal:  be sure that your friends and neighbors understand what the charter proposal means for Newton.  There is a lot of misunderstanding out there, so here are some quick facts to help:

  1.  This is about the structure of our city government, the local equivalent of the Constitution (NOT charter schools).
  2. Each ward will have AT LEAST one representative on the City Council, since there will still be a residency requirement for one councilor per ward.  This ensures geographic representation across Newton.
  3. Voters vote for 100% of the City Council (unlike our current elections, where we vote for about 71% of the councilors), so our elected officials are responsible to ALL voters in Newton.
  4. While LWV is not in favor of term limits, many individuals at the local level do support them.  The proposal includes term limits of 12 years for Mayor and 16 years for City Council, and keeps the 8-year term limit for School Committee.
  5. The clock for these term limits would start in 2019–they are not retroactive.  And they are not lifetime limits–a councilor can step off the City Council for one term and then come back.
  6. The separate proposal by 14 City Councilors to reduce the Council to 8 at-large and 8 ward councilors will not be taken up until after November 7th. There is no guarantee that the City Council would actually pass it, having had many years to do so and facing a change of membership in January.  This structural change would still need to be approved by the Mayor and might even need a vote by Newton voters.

Help get the word out and ensure that all voters are fully educated about this important ballot question!

Watch LWVN/NewTV Candidates’ Forums this week!

Six forums are now available on NewTV, with five more due out this upcoming week.  You can now watch LWVN/NewTV Candidates’ Forums for the following races:

  • Mayor
  • Ward 1 School Committee
  • Ward 1 At-Large City Council
  • Ward 2 At-Large City Council
  • Ward 3 School Committee
  • Ward 3 At-Large City Council

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