Get Ready for 2014 Election Season

What are we voting for this year?  Who is running?  What are the ballot questions about, anyway?  These are all good questions to ask yourself as we head into the last few months of the 2014 election season.  The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) can answer them all and wants to be sure you are an informed and educated voter!  Join us as we head into the last two months of the election season.

Candidates’ Debates

LWVN and NewTV Candidates’ Debates Wed., Sept. 3

  • Democratic Primary for Governor’s Council at 7 p.m.
  • Special Election for Ward 3 Ward Alderman at 8 p.m.

Both debates will take place at NewTV studios, 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands.  Audience members are welcome will not be allowed in the studio during taping.  Instead they are encouraged to watch the debates live in the NewTV Conference Room.

We want your questions for the candidates!  Submit them to or by phone at 617-383-4598.  Please note that questions will be addressed to all candidates and should focus on issues or qualifications for office.  We will use as many questions as time allows, sometimes combining similar questions, striving to cover a variety of topics.  If you don’t hear a particular question you submitted, it could be combined with other similar questions.

Watch the LWVN website for info on the Governor’s Council debate with candidates in the general election in November.

Topic Meeting on Ballot Questions

Did you know that there are four ballot questions this year?  Hear all about the pros and cons of each with LWVN members on:

Wednesday, September 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 p.m. in the NewTV conference room

Join us for a brown-bag lunch in the NewTV conference room where LWVN members will present arguments both for and against each question, as well the LWVN position, followed by group discussion and questions.

If you can’t join us on September 10th, look for more information in our upcoming newsletter.

LWVMA Voters Guide for September Election Available

The LWV Massachusetts announced yesterday that its Voters Guide to the Primary Election on Sept. 9 is now available online.  The guide features answers from all 20 candidates for statewide office to questions posed by the LWVMA — five questions to the gubernatorial candidates, and 3 office-specific questions to the candidates for each of the other offices: Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth (Secretary of State),  Treasurer and Auditor.

Take Action on Gun Bill

House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled the long-awaited gun violence prevention bill May 27.

LWVMA and its partners in the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence applaud the bill’s strong provisions to reduce gun violence in our state, including background checks on secondary gun sales, expanded police chief discretion in issuing gun licenses for rifles and shotguns, reporting of all required information to the national instant background check system, and improved data collection about guns used in crimes and suicides.   We hope the legislature will add an amendment to restrict bulk gun purchases as well.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to vote in favor of the strong provisions in this bill. You can find their contact information here. [Read more...]

What will your climate change legacy be?

Rachel Brown, a Newton North High School student, recently received an award from LWVN at Annual meeting for her video submitted for the LWVMA “Dear Future Governor” student video contest.  Check out the video here.  Congratulations, Rachel!

For the People: A Civic Education Competition

The League of Women Voters of Newton’s first civic education competition

Four teams of 8th grade students will compete

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