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Old News 2008


The League of Women Voters
of the Red River Valley
PO Box 295
Fargo, ND 58107

Informing the voters of
West Fargo, Fargo, Moorhead, & Dilworth


January 7, 2008:

LWVRRV Consensus Meeting on Immigration Policy
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Atomic Coffee, 222 North Broadway, Fargo

The Consensus Meeting was well attended, with 16-18 members and guests. Members came to the meeting well-studied and prepared to take positions and, when necessary, adjust to reach consensus. In the end, the National LWV office received a report that contained not only consensus positions but additional language to fortify the group's position on some of the questions. The meeting was very well-run and an amazing amount of work was accomplished on time. Kudos to the organizers!


Immigration Meeting
click image for PDF

Friday, February 1, 2008:

First Friday
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM (Lunch available beginning at 11:30 AM)
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Avenue N, Fargo
Topic: Sustainable Development in the Red River Valley
Speaker: Linda Kingery- Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, U of M Crookston


February 28, 2008

New "Red River Valley Voter" newsletter posted today.The newsletter features the "Look Ahead" calendar and:

The newsletter is in the PDF format for easy printing or viewing with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Friday, March 7, 2008

First Friday
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM (Lunch available beginning at 11:30 AM)
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Avenue N, Fargo
Topic: The ADA Restoration Act & Disability Rights
Guest Speaker: Nate Aaland- Executive Director of Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living

Recap
Guest speakers at the March First Friday Public Meeting were Nate Aalgaard, Executive Director of Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, and Susan Wedberg of Fargo.

Aalgaard revealed in his presentation that he was present at the historic signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). He discussed how improvements made since then in architectural, transportation, and communication accessibility have changed the face of American society, but how much more still has to be done in employment-related discrimination. Aalgaard urged support for the ADA Restoration Act (H.R. 3195 / S. 1881) as legislation necessary to restore the civil rights law’s intent that people with disabilities be judged fairly in the workplace.

Ms. Wedberg shared her personal story of living with disabilities. She spoke of struggling financially to remain in her home as none of her 24-hour custodial care is covered by her insurance company, and how out-of-pocket expenses not only exceed monthly income, but are draining her once-considerable retirement assets. Wedberg explains that the cost of living in her home with attendant care is far less than the cost of institutional care, but that governmental programs and private insurers will only pay for institutional care, thus forcing exhaustion of personal assets and eventual burden on taxpayers. She urged the audience to support legislation that allows the dollars to follow the person, such as the Community Choice Act (H.R. 1621 / S.799).

The meeting at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Fargo was well-attended by League members and the public; television media was also present.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Annual Board Meeting
Time: 8:30 AM
Meeting
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Northtown Grill, 3500 12th Avenue N, Fargo

Recap:
The League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley’s annual meeting featured presentations by Justin Schardin, Mark Altenburg and Barbara Headrick on their experiences at the 2008 Iowa caucuses.

Justin Schardin spoke of his experiences as a reporter for Campaigns and Elections that began in August 2007. He explained how candidate’s campaigns differed in how each handled media relations and how much easier it was to gain interview time for candidates lower in the polls who were seeking attention. Justin also relayed his analysis of how Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee were able to win.

Mark Altenburg spoke of his experiences as volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign in Sioux City and numerous smaller towns in northwestern Iowa. He explained how the Obama campaign took a more grassroots approach to the caucuses and had to build an organization from scratch. Mark emphasized how Obama’s campaign needed to expand the electorate to bring in new participants to the caucuses in order to succeed. He also explained the level of work that volunteers face and how they go to the point of exhaustion in their efforts for their candidates.

Barb Headrick told of her more limited view of the process as a “political tourist” in Des Moines. She relayed her observations of campaign and news media activity on the day before and the day of the caucuses. Barb told how Obama’s volunteers were the most visible and demonstrated his ability to create an extensive organization in less than a year. She saw this as a demonstration of the organizational skill that has served Obama’s campaign well as the primaries and caucuses have continued.


Friday, April 4, 2008

First Friday
Time: 12-1:00 PM (lunch available beginning at 11:30AM)
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo
Topic: Current and proposed regulations on smoking in our communities
Speakers: Randy Thorson, Fargo businessman and Bette Deede, Fargo's Smoke-free Air for Everyone coalition (SAFE)


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Board Meeting
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Location: North Town Grille, 3500 12th Ave. NW, Fargo, ND
link to the agenda.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Women's Pay Equality Day Event
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: YWCA meeting room, 3000 University Drive South
Co-sponsored by: the AAUW Fargo-Moorhead, the Women's Network of the Red River Valley and the LWVRRV along with other groups


April 28, 2008

New "Red River Valley Voter" newsletter posted today.The newsletter features the "Look Ahead" calendar and:

The newsletter is in the PDF format for easy printing or viewing with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Candidates' Forums, Fargo Races on the June 10th Ballot
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Fargo City Commission Chamber, 200 3rd St N
Topic: LWVRRV Candidates' Forums - cosponsored by the F-M Chamber of Commerce

Click here to view pictures of the event (PDF File)


Friday, May 2, 2008

First Friday
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
(Lunch available beginning at 11:30 AM)
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo
Topic: Getting the Word Out about Polling Place Changes in Cass County
Speaker: Mike Montplaisir - Cass County Auditor


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sales Tax Debate
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Location: NDSU Memorial Union - Century Theatre
Topic: Debate on the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax in Cass County - High School Forensic Debate with public forum input For more information, contact Chuck at PEPP, chuck@pepp.org or 218-236-5435

View clips of the debate on YouTube

Click here to read about the debate (PDF file)


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

LWVRRV Candidate Forums
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: West Fargo City Commission Chamber
800 4 Ave E, West Fargo
Topic: LWVRRV Candidate Forums - cosponsored by the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce


 

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

2008 ND Primary Election
Time: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
Location: Most polling sites in Cass County are now different from those at previous elecctions. Check for your correct site before going out to vote.
Topic: City, School & Park Board Elections for Fargo and West Fargo


September 1, 2008

New "Red River Valley Voter" newsletter posted today.The newsletter features the "Look Ahead" calendar and:

The newsletter is in the PDF format for easy printing or viewing with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


 

Friday, October 3, 2008

"Ballot Sneak Preview"

Topic : Join us at our First Friday Meeting for a look at upcoming MN and ND ballot topics and measures. Take this opportunity to become educated on voter issues before you enter the polling booth this November. All are welcome to this luncheon and meeting.

Time: 11:30 - 1:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo
Sponsored by: League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley
Contact: 701-297-6815 call for details!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

MN House 9A and 9B candidate forums
Time: 7:00 pm
Location:

Churches United for the Homeless
1901 1st Ave N
Moorhead, MN 56560

Sponsored by: Co-sponsor LWVRRV, MN Coalition for the Homeless
Contact:

Amy Jacobson
701-261-4858
lwvrrv@q.com

Broadcast information All events will be taped and broadcast via local access channels.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

State Senate Districts 44 and 46 candidate forums
Time: 6:00 pm
Location:

ND Fargo City Commission Chambers
200 3rd Street North
Fargo, ND 58102

Sponsored by: Co-sponsor LWVRRV, FM Chamber of Commerce
Contact:

Amy Jacobson
701-261-4858
lwvrrv@q.com

Broadcast information All events will be taped and broadcast via local access channels.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Moorhead School Board candidate forums
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:

Moorhead City Council Chambers
500 Center Avenue, 1st Floor
Moorhead, MN 56560


Sponsored by: Co-sponsor LWVRRV, FM Chamber of Commerce
Contact:

Amy Jacobson
701-261-4858
lwvrrv@q.com

Broadcast information All events will be taped and broadcast via local access channels.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Clay County Commission candidate forums
Time: 6:30 pm
Location:

Moorhead City Council Chambers
500 Center Avenue, 1st Floor
Moorhead, MN 56560

Sponsored by: Co-sponsor LWVRRV, FM Chamber of Commerce
Contact:

Amy Jacobson
701-261-4858
lwvrrv@q.com

Broadcast information All events will be taped and broadcast via local access channels.


November 1, 2008

New "Red River Valley Voter" newsletter posted today.The newsletter features the "Look Ahead" calendar and:

The newsletter is in the PDF format for easy printing or viewing with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


2008 ND Naturalization Services

Fargo: November 21st at 10:00 AM

US District Courthouse
655 1st Ave. North
Suite 130
Fargo ND 58102
phone:701-297-7000

Visitors will be searched by security guards and cell phones are not allowed.


Old News 2008


The League of Women Voters
of Bismarck - Mandan

508 4th Street North,
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 232-6696


Email question to the Candidates at:

We are promoting the email as a means of receiving advance voter questions for the candidates. However you can't email during the forums.

May 8, 2008

 

Morton Co. & Mandan Candidate Forums

Date:

Thursday, May 8st, 2008

Topic:
Morton County Commission (3 open seats)
Mandan Mayor (1 open seat)
Time:
6:00 pm Morton Co.
8:00 pm Mandan

Place:


More Info:

Tom Baker Room, City/County Building
221 N 5th St, Bismarck

220-5209 (c)

May 7, 2008

 

Mandan Candidate Forums

Date:

Wednesday, May 7st, 2008

Topic:
Mandan City Commission (2 open seats)
Mandan School Board (3 open seats)
Time:
6:00 pm City Commission
TBA School Board

Place:


More Info:

Tom Baker Room, City/County Building
221 N 5th St, Bismarck

220-5209 (c)

May 6, 2008

 

Bismarck Candidate Forums

Date:

Tuesday, May 6st, 2008

Topic:
Bismarck City Commission (2 open seats)
Bismarck School Board (2 open seats)
Time:
6:00 pm City Commission
8:00 pm School Board

Place:


More Info:

Tom Baker Room, City/County Building
221 N 5th St, Bismarck

220-5209 (c)

May 1, 2008

 

Bismarck & Mandan Candidate Forums

Date:

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Topic:
Bismarck Park Board (2 open seats)
Mandan Park Board (2 open seats)
Time:
6:00 pm Bismarck
7:30 pm Mandan

Place:


More Info:

Tom Baker Room, City/County Building
221 N 5th St, Bismarck

220-5209 (c)

Coming Soon: Ballot Measures Voter Guide

The ND Women’s Network working on a voter guide to the ND ballot measures.

 

Statewide Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters invite the public to participate in the next candidate forums. The forums will take place in the Tom Baker Room at the City/County Building at 221 N 5 Street in Bismarck. The public is encouraged to attend. Written questions will be taken from the live audience, by phone on the night of the forum, or by email at lwvforums@yahoo.com up to 3 PM the day of the forum. The statewide candidate forums will be available for replay on the Community Access channels in Jamestown, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Oakes. Check your local Community Access channels for the viewing schedule. Freetv.org


 


 

 

 

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