Kentucky League of Women Voters to Sponsor Two Televised Gubernatorial Debates in October

July 31, 2019

(Here’s our press release issued July 30, 2019)

The Kentucky League of Women Voters (LWV) will host two debates between Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Andy Beshear in the race for governor.

The Lexington debate will be co-sponsored with the University of Kentucky Student Government Association and Gray Television and its nine stations covering Kentucky.WKYT’s Bill Bryant and WAVE’s Shannon Cogan will moderate. The debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Singletary Center for the Arts, and will air live on WKYT at 7 pm Eastern time.

The Louisville debate will be co-sponsored with WLKY, with news anchor Vicki Dortch as moderator. The debate will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Cralle Theater on the Bellarmine University campus in Louisville, and will be aired live on WLKY at 8 pm Eastern time.

Kentucky League policy requires that candidates be invited to participate in general elections if they qualify to be on the ballot and have five percent or more recognition on nonpartisan statewide polls. Should another candidate meet that requirement, he or she would be invited to participate.

Election day is Nov. 5.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy in which every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.  The League is proud to be non-partisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties, but always working on vital issues of concern to voters.


2019 Summer Kentucky Voter Available Now

July 2, 2019

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The Summer 2019 Kentucky Voter Newsletter is here!

Read about our grant to support the “For the People” Act (HR 1) and celebration plans for Women’s Equality Day.

Learn our new president and board, the news from our spring debates and Hopkinsville convention, and more!

Click here to see all the news now!


Ky League Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering

June 28, 2019

(Here’s the full text of our press release sent to media outlets)

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a set of landmark redistricting cases with implications for the future of American democracy.  The Court chose not to draw a clear line between a fair district map and one that is too partisan.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is disappointed by the decision but determined to carry on the fight for fair districts designed by a fair process.  Across the country, partisan gerrymandering has created districts that disproportionally favor incumbents. Both political parties have abused the process, with politicians choosing their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives. We want Kentucky to do better than that.

The LWV of Kentucky will redouble efforts to ensure that the Kentucky General Assembly uses a fair, transparent procedure for redistricting after the 2020 census.  We also recommit our efforts to the passage of the For the People Act that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and needs a hearing in the Senate.  One of the provisions of the For the People Act is the establishment of independent commissions in each state to redraw district boundaries following the census every 10 years.

“Our democracy is a work in progress, and the League won’t back down until we have a system in place that works for everyone,” Kentucky State League President, Fran Wagner, said.

 The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

Read the League’s report and resources on redistricting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair

502-645-6423

kentuckylwv@gmail.com


STATE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

June 20, 2019

June 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair

502-645-6423

kentuckylwv@gmail.com

STATE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS 

HOPKINSVILLE, KY – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky elected new officers for two-year terms at its April 13 biennial convention in Hopkinsville.  Fran Wagner, Louisville, was elected president; Dee Pregliasco, Louisville, was elected first vice-president; Bonnie Lynch, Hopkinsville, was elected second vice-president; Harriette Seiler, Louisville, was elected secretary; and Richard Heine, Lexington, was elected treasurer. Jennifer Jackson and Judy Johnson, both of Lexington, were elected Directors. Following the convention, the State Board appointed the following Directors: Nikki Chambers, Hopkinsville; Verna Cahoon, Louisville; Patty Kannapel, Louisville; and Jules Marquart, Louisville. These new Directors join current Directors Soraya Assar, Hopkinsville; Cindy Heine, Lexington; and Mary Jo Rodgers, Louisville.

Also at the convention, the members agreed to a program including educating the public on restoration of voting rights for former felons and on the process for redrawing legislative district maps following the 2020 census. The League will advocate on those issues with the state legislature. The approved 2019-2020 program also includes League sponsorship of fall 2019 forums for candidates running for Kentucky constitutional offices, as well as events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.

Melissa Currence updated the assembly on the National League’s 2019-20 plans, including get-out-the vote strategies as well as plans for educating the public about the For the People Act.  Members also heard from several local elected officials, including Christian County Magistrate Maggie Ferguson and Circuit Court Clerk Paige Parker, about why they ran for office and their public service records.

 The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

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LEAGUE SPONSORS THREE DEBATES FOR CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR

May 15, 2019

This release has been updated with links to each forum. (5/17/2019)

For immediate release

Contacts: 

Cindy Heine, Debate Coordinator, Lexington 

cynthia.heine@gmail.com  859-351-9419

Jules Marquart, Debate Coordinator, Louisville

julesmmarquart@gmail.com  502-409-9488

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SPONSORS THREE DEBATES FOR CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR

 LOUISVILLE, KY (May 14, 2019) The League of Women Voters is offering the public three debates for the primary race for governor, working with different media outlets.

The events are:

Tuesday, May 7

Republican Candidates Ike Lawrence and William Woods

Candidates Matt Bevin and Robert Goforth declined to participate

Available at online at: www.kentuckylwv.org

Sponsors: League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Louisville

Wednesday, May 15

Democratic Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, Geoff Young

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center Ballroom

Free and open to the public. Doors close at 2:45 p.m.

Live on WAVE/Louisville; livestreamed at wave3.com and WKYT.com

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Broadcast on WKYT/Lexington and WYMT/Hazard; other stations will air later.

Available online after May 15 airing at WKYT.com and lwvky.org

Sponsors: University of Kentucky Student Government Association, Gray Television (WKYT in Lexington, WAVE in Louisville, WXIX in Cincinnati, WYMT in Hazard, WBKO in Bowling Green, WSAZ in Huntington, WFIE in Evansville, KFVS in Cape Girardeau/Paducah, and WVLT in Knoxville) and League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington

Thursday, May 16

Democratic Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, Geoff Young

7:00-8:00 p.m. Broadcast on WLKY and heard on NewsRadio 840 WHAS

WLKY will stream the debate on the WLKY app and on WLKY.com

Available online after May 16 at WLKY.com.

Sponsors: League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Louisville and WLKY

All candidates from both parties were invited to participate in Louisville and Lexington debates. Only one agreed to participate in the Lexington Republican forum so that event was cancelled.

“The League of Women Voters sponsors debates to help citizens make informed decisions when we vote,” said Fran Wagner, president of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. “Don’t forget to use your precious vote on May 21st.  You can make a difference!”

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LEAGUE SPONSORS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE ON MAY 16 IN LOUISVILLE

May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

 Contact:               Jules Marquart, Debate Coordinator

                                julesmmarquart@gmail.com       502-409-9488

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SPONSORS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE ON MAY 16 IN LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, KY-A debate among the Democratic candidates for governor will be broadcast on WLKY-TV on Thursday, May 16, 7 – 8 pm.  The four candidates are Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young.  The primary debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, in partnership with WLKY.

WLKY’s Vicki Dortch will moderate the hour-long debate, posing questions prepared by the League of Women Voters.

This is the final Democratic debate before the May 21 primary election.

WLKY will livestream the debate on the WLKY app and on WLKY.com.  After airing, it will be provided online.  The debate will also be heard live on NewsRadio 840 WHAS.

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The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization of women and men dedicated to engaging citizens to become informed participants in government. The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties but its members conduct studies and take positions on issues of importance. 

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April 23 Republican Debate available online

May 12, 2019

The debate for Republican candidates for governor in the Primary Election, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Louisville on April 23, 2019 is now available online.

Candidate debates are a good way to learn more about the candidates before voting.

The Primary Election is Tuesday, May 21. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. untl 6:00 p.m.