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CANDIDATE CONVERSATION August 16Attend a free community gathering to meet the Congressional Candidates of Districts 7, 9 & 10 MORE INFO HERE 

Coalition Doesn't Back Down

Calls for New Gun Laws

 
 
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Welcome to the League of Women Voters Orange County

Our Mission  is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government, to work towards increasing understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  Our Goal  is to empower citizens to shape better communities.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FLORIDA LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN

League and partners announce the launch of a new campaign to bring affordable solar to the Sunshine State and make Florida number one in solar power. 
 
The campaign also includes advice for voters this fall. The League has launched a YES/NO campaign on the two upcoming solar amendments based on the League’s long standing position of supporting solar expansion in our state. It urges any voter who supports solar to vote YES in August on Amendment 4, and NO in NO-Vember on Amendment 1.
Reminding voters to say No in NO-vember, is important says LWVF.
The new FL SUN partnership will give Floridians options on how to choose environmentally friendly energy sources whereas Amendment 1 will limit those choices.
 
“Experts tell us Florida’s sunshine gives it the potential to be among the top three states in America for solar power, and starting today, Floridians can start planning for the sun to help pay their electric bills,” President Pamela Goodman said.
The League has partnered with a new, but experienced group called FL SUN, which will organize solar co-ops to negotiate steep discounts on rooftop solar for homeowners across the state. The campaign will begin in key markets including Orange County, and St. Petersburg, with plans underway to quickly expand to Brevard and Volusia Counties, Sarasota, Alachua and many more.
Sarasota-based Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the state’s largest of its kind, was an early supporter, and CEO Mark Pritchett said: “We are excited about this creative free market approach, which places power in the hands of our Gulf Coast citizens.”
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Coalition Doesn't Back Down; Calls for New Gun Laws

Protests Continue Against NRA Positions

 
About a dozen protesters rallied outside a National Rifle Association fundraising dinner Saturday (July 15), saying it was "completely inappropriate" to hold the event in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The protesters, a part of a coalition to end gun violence formed after the massacre, gathered in front of the Rosen Centre Hotel near International Drive as the dozens of people filed inside. Those going to the event, hosted by Central Florida Friends of the NRA, hosted a firearm raffle, including handguns, shotguns and rifles.

"It's been just over a month since the tragedy at Pulse…It is extremely callous of the gun lobby to host, in the Pulse nightclub's backyard, this type of fundraiser for more guns," said Patricia Brigham, a member of the coalition and First Vice President of the Florida League of Women Voters.”

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HOT TOPICS
Congressional Races - Meet the Candidates

The League’s Aug. 10 Hot Topics luncheon (11:45 until 1:30) will feature primary candidates in U.S. House Districts 9 and 10, two of Central Florida’s hottest races. All candidates who qualified to run were invited to attend. The League is nonpartisan and does not support candidates or political parties.

As we have two races to cover, the program will begin earlier than usual at 11:45 AM and last until 1:30 PM.  Check in will start at 11:15 a.m. at the Sorosis Club, 501 East Livingston (downtown Orlando).  Contact Pat Grierson to reserve OR
RESERVE HERE
Accepting our invitations to answer questions from journalist Michael Lafferty and League members are:

District 9 candidates -- Democrats Valleri Crabtree, Susannah Randolph, Darren Soto,

Republican candidates -- Wayne Liebnitzky and Wanda Rentas.

District 10 candidates -- Democrats Val Demings, Fatima Fahmy, Bob Poe and Geraldine Thompson.
Republican Candidate Thuy Lowe.

Tickets $25 members, $35 guests.

 


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WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT ON BEHALF OF OUR CITIZENS & COMMUNITY

Rooted in our activism history, the League accepts modern day challenges with a strong stance on pertinent issues for our local community and state.

At 95 years young, we are a proven, trustworthy source on the issues; our efforts take us into all levels of government and business to share our knowledge and promote citizen participation.   

Join us as we TAKE ACTION and advocate for citizens and issues that confront us daily.
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WHO WE ARE


NON-PARTISAN

From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.

It was then, and is now, a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.

Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

This is essence of the League; our identity is legitimacy and respect. READ MORE
LEADERS

Our community depends on talented leadership for effective governance. League members gain experience working on issues that influence public policy. We are afforded opportunities to meet with elected officials, organize publicized events, and speak in front of large groups.

Most valuable is the insight that comes through collaboration with our League members, many of whom are successful local leaders. 

COMMUNITY  

The Orange County League is a distinct community of civic-minded people working to find pragmatic solutions to the problems of our time. 

We are not a single issue organization. From our inception, we have taken on issues that affect the well being of families and promote good governance. 

In doing so, our members gain meaningful and purposeful connections and friendships and in the process acquire social identity, legitimacy and respect.

As we grow, our influence grows. Today, the Orange County League is the largest League in the United States.
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PROPONENTS

The charge of our committees is to explore options, seek truth, and come to consensus for the topic at hand.

It's easy to follow a particular passion by joining one of our COMMITTEESThe part you play in these interest groups can be as small or large as you prefer; diverse input makes for unbiased decisions as we consider our positions.

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