Dine & Discuss: Women’s Fund Get Out the Vote Efforts on May 20

The next Dine & Discuss is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 at Valentino’s, 5022 S 108th St. Tiffany Seibert Joekel, Woman’s Fund Research and Policy Director will be talking about their 2018 Get Out the Vote Campaign.

Dinner is $14.14, but not required to participate. Contact marylee@lwvgo.org with any questions.

Tiffany Seibert will be talking to us about the Women’s Fund 2018 Get Out the Vote Campaign that focused on young women. The campaign’s digital focus will be featured in the talk. 

Tiffany Seibert is the Research and Policy Director of the Omaha Women’s Fund.  Tiffany works with Women’s Fund staff and partners to advance public policy to ensure that every woman and girl in our community has the opportunity to reach her full potential.

Tiffany is a self-described policy wonk and is passionate about helping people get involved in public policy. Most of her career has been spent working in and around the state legislature, with some local and federal policy work intermingled throughout. Prior to joining the Women’s Fund in March 2018, Tiffany served as Policy Director at OpenSky Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank focused on tax, budget, and education finance policy in Nebraska. Her past experience also includes serving as Director of the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska, bringing together advocates, researchers, funders, and community leaders who advocate for policies to alleviate poverty. Tiffany has also worked as a legislative aide for a state senator in the Nebraska Legislature and as a policy coordinator and researcher at Voices for Children in Nebraska.

Tiffany has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Justice and Peace Studies and a master’s degree in International Relations from Creighton University. She and her family currently reside in the Minne Lusa neighborhood of Omaha.

Join Us April 29 for Dine & Discuss: Nebraska Farmers Union

Dine and Discuss with Graham Christensen, Secretary of the Nebraska Farmers Union

Graham will be speaking about the effect of the trade dispute on Nebraska Farmers as well as the impact of recent flooding. 

Please join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 29 at Valentino’s on 108th & L St. If you’d like to eat, the cost of the buffet is $14.14. Drinks are included (wine and beer are extra). However, you do not have to dine to participate in the discussion.

Optional RSVP by emailing office@lwvgo.org or by phone at 402-344-3701.

Join Us for Dine & Discuss On the Road: First Ladies First Performance on March 26

Dine & Discuss is Going on the Road to the Durham Museum for a performance of FIRST LADIES FIRST!

More about this live performance: The lives of America’s two First Ladies ranged from tedious, to amusing, to very exciting, each adding her personal style into the character of the nation. Join the first, First Ladies as they show how they carved the identity of the new United States. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington and Abigail Smith Adams grew up in very different circumstances. This historical re-enactment is in conjunction with the American Democracy Exhibit.

When: March 26, 2019 (Note this is a Tuesday)

Dinner: 5:15 p.m. – Box Dinner cost $11 (please pay in advance via the registration form below)

Performance: 6:30 p.m. – Performance is included with your admission (Adults $11, Seniors $8) that you will pay separately from the dinner fee. (The performance is also included if you are a member of the Durham.)

We have 20 tickets reserved but you must RSVP by 9 a.m. on March 15, 2019. For more information or questions, contact MaryLee Moulton at mmoulton@lwvgo.org.

Please feel free to arrive early to tour the American Democracy exhibit.

To attend, fill out and submit the form below. You must register before 9 a.m. on March 15 to participate. You do not have to purchase a box lunch, but you can by selecting the option below and paying the $11 fee.

Dine & Discuss — Winning the Vote: The 72-Year Campaign for the 19th Amendment

Join us for a special Dine & Discuss event with Dianne Bystrom.

This presentation will trace the history of the 72-year campaign for women’s right to vote in the United States, including the contributions of such leading suffragists as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt. 

Dr. Dianne Bystrom is director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. She directed the center for 22 years before retiring in August 2018. She also founded Iowa State’s Leadership Studies Program and served as its director for 10 years. Dr. Bystrom has contributed to 25 books—including An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign (2018); Gender and Elections (2018, 2014, 2009 and 2006); and Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders (2018)—as a as a co-author, co-editor or chapter author. She also has written journal articles on women and politics, youth voters and the Iowa caucus. Dr. Bystrom continues to serve as a speaker and commentator about political and women’s issues for community groups, professional organizations and the media. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kearney (NE) State College and a master’s degree in journalism and Ph.D. in communication, both from the University of Oklahoma.

Join us for Dine & Discuss from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Valentino’s, 5022 S 108th St.

Legislative Update with LWVGO Policy Directors Scheduled for Jan. 28

Join us for our first Dine & Discuss of the new year, held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2019, at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets.

The Dine & Discuss will feature LWVGO Policy Chairs Peggy Adair and Darci Garcia, who will discuss the new session of the Nebraska Legislature.

Peggy and Darci will present a short “Legislature 101” to familiarize you with the unique unicameral, and will then discuss the bills that have been introduced this session that are of interest to the League. They will also review effective lobbying at LWV Legislative Day at the Nebraska Legislature. (This exciting opportunity to meet with your Senators takes place on Tuesday, February 19 beginning at 8:30am in Lincoln. For more information and to register, please go to lwv-ne.org.)

After their presentation, they will have a short meeting for those interested in participating in policy research for specific areas.

If you’d like to eat (you do not have to dine to discuss), the buffet is $14.14. Drinks included (wine and beer are extra). RSVP to our office omahalwv@gmail.com or 402-344-3701, or via Facebook, is optional.

 

Taking Action Against Gun Violence: Dine & Discuss with Megan Gentrup of Moms Demand Action

Please join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets for Dine & Discuss. This month, our featured speaker is Megan Gentrup from the nonpartisan group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. Come hear how the group is taking action nationally and in Nebraska, and is working with student groups.

If you’d like to eat (you do not have to dine to discuss), the buffet is $14.14. Drinks included (wine and beer are extra). Optional RSVP to our office omahalwv@gmail.com or 402-344-3701.

Taking Down the Poll Tax: Dine & Discuss with Charlene Butts Ligon

Join us from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets for Dine & Discuss. This month, our featured speaker is Charlene Butts Ligon, Omaha-area author of Fearless: How a poor Virginia seamstress took on Jim Crow, beat the poll tax and changed her city forever.

If you’d like to eat (you do not have to dine to discuss), the buffet is $14.14. Optional RSVP to office office@lwvgo.org or 402-344-3701.

Money in Politics: Resources

As a follow-up to her July Dine & Discuss presentation on Money in Politics in Nebraska, LWVNE treasurer Kate High provided the following additional resources.

Money in Politics Links

LB839 Crawford

On July 16, 2018, the US Treasury, headed by Steven Mnuchin, said it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to identify their financial donors to IRS authorities. The League of Women Voters (League) and others who support great transparency oppose this move.

There are twenty-nine types of nonprofit corporations in the IRS code, including the well-known 501(c)(3) designation for religious, educational, charitable, etc. organizations. The Treasury’s change in policy is NOT directed at 501(c)(3)s, but at “certain” nonprofit organizations like:

● 501(c)(4): social welfare, civic leagues, and local associations of employees;examples: National Rifle Association and the Sierra Club

● 501(c)(5): Labor, agricultural, and horticultural; examples:  American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) , American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) , Working America

● 501(c)(6): business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, etc.; examples: The US Chamber of Commerce , The American Medical Association , PhRMA , Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce , Americans for Job Security

This new policy is in stark opposition to LWVUS’s recommendation to strengthen existing rules:

Strengthen and enforce 501(c )4 political activity rules (action by the Internal Revenue Service; IRS). To be tax-exempt as a social welfare organization according to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)(4), an organization must not be organized for profit and must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare. It is argued that the promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. However, under long-standing IRS regulations, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization is allowed to engage in some political activities, so long as that is not its primary activity. There is need for strict enforcement of the rules applicable to 501(c)(4)s. The IRS could close loopholes that allow unlimited secret spending in elections by501(c)(4) groups while protecting truly non-partisan voter service activity.

See:MiP Options for Reform

What can you do to combat the corruptive influences of “dark money” in national politics?

1. CALL your elected officials to ask that they support the DISCLOSE Act, reintroduced in both houses of Congress this summer. This legislation proposes amending the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to, among other actions, disclose donations from corporations, labor organizations, and other special interests including foreign donors.

2. NEGATIVE ADS? JUST SAY NO. The vast majority of negative ads are “dark money” ads. They’re designed to motivate voters in ways that benefit donors. Russian trolls? Anonymous LLC’s? Friends? Foes? Who can tell? Don’t get sucked in!

3. LEARN ABOUT DARK MONEY at the federal level on the Open Secrets website:

Open Secrets: Dark Money Basics

Open Secrets: Dark Money Reports

4. JOIN the League of Women Voters and other organizations working against the power of dark money. Here are some ideas to start you out:

League Information

5. MOTIVATE OTHERS! We can overcome the influence of big money if we ACT. The enemies of democracy are desertion and complacency.

6. TAKE ACTION! Call, visit, e-mail, and/or write your elected officials. Go to town hall meetings to tell your story and speak your truth. Find and help candidates you support.

7. CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION and VOTE!!!!

Insuring the Good Life: Putting Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot. Join Us at Dine & Discuss August 27

Join us at our next Dine & Discuss event, happening from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 27 at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets.

We’ll be discussing the effort to allow voters to expand Medicaid access with James A. Goddard, Director, Economic Justice & Health Care Access Programs with Nebraska Appleseed.

If you’d like to eat, the buffet is $14.14. The presentation will begin at 5:30. RSVPs not required, but you can send questions to web@lwvgo.org or RSVP on Facebook.

Please be aware that the League of Women Voters never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. Advocacy on behalf of parties or candidates is not allowed at our meetings as we discuss the issues. That said, LWVGO does support the Insure the Good Life ballot initiative and the expansion of Medicaid as part of the national League of Women Voters’ position on supporting the Affordable Care Act.

Money in Politics: What’s Happening in Nebraska? Join Us at Dine & Discuss July 23

Join us at our next Dine & Discuss event, happening from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 23 at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets. LWVNE Treasurer Kate High will present results of a research study into campaign donations leading up to the 2016 Unicameral races.

If you’d like to eat, the buffet is $14.14. The presentation will begin at 5:30. RSVPs not required, but you can send questions to web@lwvgo.org or RSVP on Facebook.

Please be aware that the League of Women Voters never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. Advocacy on behalf of parties or candidates is not allowed at our meetings as we discuss the issues.