Voter suppression, gerrymanding, absentee ballots…save the date for our February Topic Meeting on February 28th

Come hear the latest on issues related to fair elections, including voter suppression, gerrymandering, absentee ballots and more when LWVN hosts Newton resident and former Legal Director at Demos Lisa Danetz at our next topic meeting on Thursday, February 28 from 7 to 9 pm.  More info to come!

Lisa Danetz, a public policy consultant for philanthropic foundations, has worked in the voting rights, money in politics, and democracy field as an expert, advocate, and lawyer for over 15 years. Her work has focused on improving election administration and increasing the political participation of disfranchised groups within our society through public policy research, litigation, executive and legislative advocacy, and public education. Ms. Danetz is the former legal director of Demos, a New York-based public policy center, and also worked at National Voting Rights Institute.

Voter suppression, gerrymanding, absentee ballots…save the date for our February Topic Meeting on February 28th

Come hear the latest on issues related to fair elections, including voter suppression, gerrymandering, absentee ballots and more when LWVN hosts Newton resident and former Legal Director at Demos Lisa Danetz at our next topic meeting on Thursday, February 28 from 7 to 9 pm.  More info to come!

Lisa Danetz, a public policy consultant for philanthropic foundations, has worked in the voting rights, money in politics, and democracy field as an expert, advocate, and lawyer for over 15 years. Her work has focused on improving election administration and increasing the political participation of disfranchised groups within our society through public policy research, litigation, executive and legislative advocacy, and public education. Ms. Danetz is the former legal director of Demos, a New York-based public policy center, and also worked at National Voting Rights Institute.

Newton Power Choice: Topic Meeting notes now available

Notes from LWVN Topic Meeting on Newton Power Choice
Date:  November 15, 2018 8:00 am
Location:  Durant-Kenrick House
Presenter:  Ann Berwick, Director of Sustainability for the City of Newton
Assisted by: Marcia Cooper, President, Green Newton
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Most Newton residents have their electricity delivered to them by Eversource.  Eversource procures its electricity from various suppliers in the marketplace and then charges its customers based on a “Basic Service” contract.  Rates under this contract fluctuate every six months depending on what is required by state law and from whom the electricity is purchased.

State law requires that a certain percentage of electricity sources come from renewable energy.  In 2018, that percentage is 13%.  In 2019, the percentage increases to 14%, and beginning in 2020, the percentage will increase by 2% annually.

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Thursday Topic Meeting on Newton Power Choice

What is Newton Power Choice and How Can you Impact the City’s Decisions About Your Energy Sources?  Come learn with LWVN! 

The City of Newton is developing a new electricity program, called Newton Power Choice.  It will increase the amount of renewable energy in your electricity supply.  How much renewable energy do you think the City should include in its energy contracts?  And how much would you be willing to pay for cleaner energy?

 Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) on Thursday, November 15th from 8:00 am – 9:30 am at the Durant-Kenrick House (286 Waverley Ave, Newton) as we hear about this electricity aggregation program and the impact it will have on our community’s efforts to address climate change.  RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

For more information on Newton Power Choice, go to www.newtonpowerchoice.com

Topic Meeting Notes on Q1 and Marijuana Questions

Many thanks to Frieda Dweck for organizing October’s Topic Meeting on Massachusetts Ballot Question 1 (Patient-Nurse Limits) and the Municipal Marijuana Questions!  Thanks to our speakers as well:  Rep. Denise Garlick and Kevin Whitney on Question 1 and Karen Sherman and Jane Frantz on the Marijuana Questions.  It was a well-attended and informative meeting…notes on both parts of the discussion are attached.

LWVN Topic Meeting October 2018–Q 1 Notes

LWVN Topic Meeting October 2018–Marijuana Questions

For more information from the advocacy groups for Question 1, click on the links below:

Question 1:  Safe Patient Limits (Vote Yes)          Coalition to Protect Patient Safety (Vote No)

For more on the meeting, read the Newton TAB article. 

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