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Nov 17th: Please Note the Time Change for Meeting

The "Money in Politics" Membership Consensus Meeting will begin at 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 17th (rather than 7:00 pm) at the Wells home, 472 Shelbourne, GPF.
We apologize for the confusion.

GP League Activities for LWV's Studies

Wed, Oct 21, 7:00 pm
"Redistricting in Michigan" Town Hall

GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd, GPF
Speaker: Judy Karandjeff, LWV-MI President

Thurs, Oct 29, 7:00 pm
"Amending the Constitution"

LWVGP Membership Consensus Meeting
Home of Fran S
264 McMillan Rd, GPF

Thurs, Nov 12, 7:00 pm
"Money in Politics" Town Hall

GP United Methodist Church
211 Moross Rd, GPF
Speaker: Rich Robinson, Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Tues, Nov 17, 7:00 pm 7:30 pm
"Money in Politics"

LWVGP Membership Consensus Meeting
Home of Jan W
472 Shelbourne, GPF

Links to Information on LWV's Studies

LWVGP is involved in two national-level studies.
See below to review each subject matter and the consensus questions that individual leagues must answer:

Amending the Constitution
Background Information
Consensus Questions

Money in Politics
Background Information
Consensus Questions

November 12th: "Money in Politics" Town Hall

We have Mr. Rich Robinson coming to speak to us on Nov. 12 about "Money in Politics".

Mr. Robinson has been the Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network for 15 years; which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. He has served the public sector for over 38 years, including the Peace Corp, and all 3 levels of the government. Mr. Robinson's commentaries have appeared in many newspapers and lectures at most MI colleges.

The League is very fortunate that he is available to speak to us about Money In Politics. Please attend this most important meeting and bring a friend!

Thurs, Nov 12: 7:00 pm
GP United Methodist Church
211 Morross
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Entrance is in the rear

Nov 17th: "Money in Politics" Consensus Meeting

The "Money in Politics" consensus meeting will be held

Tues, Nov 17, 7:00 pm 7:30 pm
Jan W's home
472 Shelbourne, GPF

For those members who are unable to attend the "Money in Politics" consensus meeting on the 17th, you may answer the questions and send them to Ann Nicholson by Nov. 13. Your comments will be considered at the meeting on the 17th.

Dec 11th: Save the Date!

There will be a Christmas party this year on Dec.11, at Aphie Roumells' home. We are having a Christmas cheer party from 5-7, so we can celebrate the season and share good wishes with our fellow members and guests. Valet parking will be provided. The cost will be $5.00 per person, and guests are welcome. Please RSVP to Aphie @ 881-8844.

Voter Guides for GPP & GPS City Council Elections: Check out VOTE411.ORG

To build your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their polling place; check voting hours; and read tips about voting in Michigan.

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process and election day, and is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource now available.

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to:
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues"
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

View a Rebroadcast of Our Town Hall re "Redistricting in Michigan"

Were you unable to attend the LWV-GP's "Redistricting in Michigan" Town Hall Meeting at the War Memorial on Oct 21?
It's been recorded so you can watch it on your computer at your convenience.
Click here (Begins at 5:20)
Speaker is Judy Karandjeff, President of LWV-Michigan

Thanks to the GPPS for their help with the production and presentation of this video

Candidate Forums for the Pointes Have Been Set

Two candidate forums have been booked as there are 2 cities with contested municipal races: Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe Shores. The candidates from the other Grosse Pointe cities and Harper Woods are not being contested.


Tues, September 29th
7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Municipal Building, in the Courtroom
15115 E Jefferson
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

**NOTE: GP War Memorial TV will be broadcasting the forum: Oct. 5-11, at 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Comcast Channels 5 & 915, AT&T-99; WOW-18**

The candidates who filed for Council are:
John Chouinard, Daniel E. Clark, Barbara Detwiler, Edward V. Keelean, and William P. Shield, Jr.
The mayoral candidate, Robert Denner is running uncontested.


Thurs, October 1st
7:30 pm
Neighborhood Club
17150 Waterloo St
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

**NOTE: GP War Memorial TV will be broadcasting the forum: Oct. 12-18, at 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Comcast Channels 5 & 915, AT&T-99; WOW-18**

The candidates for the Shores are:
Rebecca Booth, Tina Ellis, Robert Gesell, Douglas Kucyk, and Paul Thursam.
The mayoral candidate, Ted Kedzierski is running uncontested.

Both forums will have audience-generated questions with time for each candidate to give their responses. The audience will also be able to listen to each candidate's opening and closing statements.

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will film each forum. These films will be shown on the War Memorial's local channel at a future date.

October 29th: "Amending the Constitution" Consensus Meeting

Calling All Members!
Our League will be taking consensus on "Amending the Constitution"

Thursday, October 29
7:00 pm
Home of Fran S.
264 McMillan, GPF

To review the consensus questions click here

For additional background information, click here.

Our League held an informational meeting in April to review how the Constitution can be amended and how this process has unfolded in the past.

The answers to the consensus questions will create League policy on when we might support an amendment; under what circumstances we would support a Constitutional Convention; and if our policy on those two aspects could be set aside in favor of our policy on a particular issue.

Consensus is due by December 1st and our answers will be submitted to the national committee which will tally answers from around the country to arrive at a position on this topic.

Please let Jan Wells at know if you plan to attend so that there are sufficient handouts.

October 21: "Redistricting in Michigan"

A presentation about the issues of redistricting has been scheduled in Grosse Pointe for:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 pm
GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd
GP Farms, MI 48236

Print out our flyer here & post it around town

The LWV of Michigan Announces 30-plus Redistricting Educational Town Halls: "Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters, or Voters their Politicians?"

(LANSING) The League of Women Voters of Michigan announced today that it would host over 30 Town Halls throughout the fall to educate the public on the importance of redistricting. The presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation.

"In Michigan the district lines are drawn by elected officials in the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters, rather than voters their elected leaders," said Judy Karandjeff, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. "This system gives the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage but is this the best system for voters? Our Town Halls will explore central questions, such as: What are the consequences of partisan drawn districts that favor one party over another? Is there a better and fairer way to do this? What are the alternatives?"

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on Arizona's Independent Restricting Commission said there is an alternative and that citizens, not just politicians, have the right to decide how Congressional district lines are drawn. The decision has grabbed the public's attention. Some have asked if Michigan, like Arizona, should use an independent commission to draw the lines, not only for the Congressional Districts, but for the State House and Senate, as well. This alternative and others will be explored in-depth at the town hall.

"Government is supposed to of, by and for the people, but more and more it seems to ordinary voters that their voices are not being heard and that our elected leaders are becoming more extreme, less compromising and more disconnected from a public they are supposed to serve," said President Karandjeff. "Instead, special interests and lobbyists seem to get the attention of our elected leaders. We need to ask fundamental questions about why this is happening and whether allowing politicians to draw their own districts contributes to the problem."

A complete list of Town Halls by date and location can be found on the League of Women Voters website at:
The events are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

September 16: DFP's Stephen Henderson

Attend LWVGP's Special Night with a Distinguished Voice of Detroit!

September 16, 7:00
Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee, GP 48230

An evening with Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press.

Stephen Henderson Mr. Henderson, the DFP Editorial Page Editor, is a native Detroiter, who grew up in the Lafayette Park area. He is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. He also serves as host for "American Black Journal" and a contributor for "MiWeek".

This past year he received a 2014 Pulitzer Prize and 2014 Scripps Howard Award for Commentary.

Mr. Henderson is first and foremost a citizen of Detroit, then of Michigan. His topic for the evening: "Detroit: Bringing Its Success to the Neighborhoods"

Our League is co-sponsoring this event with the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church Alliance. It is a gift to the community, so please pass the word and plan to attend with guests!

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