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2022 News Articles

Commemorating MLK Day
Published on: 1/12/2022
Taking action to empower voters

2021 News Articles

Board of Directors host Retreat for Upcoming Term
Sara Rich
Published on: 12/9/2021
First in-person meeting for this Board of Directors
LWVOC Lifetime Members Honored
Ann Patton
Published on: 12/9/2021
Honoring members who have been a part of the League for 50+ years
Robin Murphy, League Icon, Passes
Ann Patton
Published on: 12/1/2021
Robin Murphy, a 69-year League member, died October 6, just short of her 96th birthday.
Exhibit Sponsorship of 1st Annual NAACP Our Family Table
Published on: 11/17/2021
League as a sponsor for community Thanksgiving event
SB 90 & Redistricting Updates
Published on: 11/17/2021
Task Force offers updates
Visit Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune statue before it leaves for Capitol
Published on: 11/16/2021
How and when to visit the statue in Daytona Beach
League participates in Boys and Girls Club 2nd Annual College Fair
Published on: 11/4/2021
League enjoys meeting up and coming college students at annual Boys and Girls Club event.
LWVOC Fall Festival Salutes Voters with Fun in the Park
Ann Patton
Published on: 10/28/2021
There was plenty of fun in the park on Sunday afternoon, October 24, when League families gathered for their fall festival, with games, costumes, picnics, music, giveaways, food trucks, and even a short parade beside LWVOC’s very own Voter Tree in Cypress Grove Park.
UCF Air Quality Study
Published on: 10/21/2021
Natural Resources shares UCF Air Quality Study
Redistricting Impacts You and Your Future
Government Committee
Published on: 10/7/2021
It will be a roller coaster ride until the end of December 2021. You can impact your life for the next 10 years. Go to the meeting(s) in your districts, or at a date/location that is convenient for you. There will be separate Orange County Commission and Orange School Board meetings. It is important for the citizens appointed to the redistricting/reapportionment boards to see you and hear any concerns you may have. However, you don’t need to speak; your presence speaks volumes and tells them you care and are watching.
League Highlights Power of the Vote at OCT 24 Celebration
Published on: 9/28/2021
Press release
Orlando Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Oct 12 celebration and more
DEI Committee First Anniversary
Published on: 9/23/2021
First year and our priorities
Legislative Redistricting must be Transparent
Sue Gilman & Barbara Lanning
Published on: 9/15/2021
Co-Presidents speak out in Orlando Sentinel opinion piece about upcoming redistricting.
Community Opportunities to Learn and Act
Published on: 9/15/2021
New calendar category to help you find upcoming, local events to help expand your advocacy efforts
Sept 24 Speaker's Bureau Workshop
Published on: 9/15/2021
SEPT 24, noon, LWVFL Redistricting Powerpoint for community presentations
Sept 8-noon, Hot Topics: For Rent-Nothing Affordable
Published on: 9/1/2021
September’s Hot Topics will address how businesses and government agencies can address the Affordable Housing Crisis in Orange County, which has been worsened due to COVID and the pending end of the CDC’s eviction moratorium.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Published on: 9/1/2021
League Gun Safety information from the LWVFL and LWVSeminole League
Fact Sheet on SB90 elections bill
Published on: 8/25/2021
Fact sheet
OCT 24 Celebration at The Voter Tree, 1-4pm
Published on: 8/11/2021
Celebration at The Voter Tree, Oct 24, 2021
Appreciation for Dean Johnson
Published on: 6/9/2021
Our roving LWVOC reporter is retiring!
Dean Johnson Reviews JUNE Hot Topics
Published on: 6/9/2021
Let’s begin this month’s LWVOC Hot Topics report with a few stats that illuminate the HT subject, “The School-to-Prison Pipeline,” referring to the frequency with which kids, as young as elementary school, get shuttled into the juvenile justice system, often unnecessarily, and then end up in adult prison.

*In the most recent reporting year, there were 345,000 suspensions in Florida schools and 570 expulsions. Black students are 2.5 times more likely to be removed from classrooms as white students.
LWVOC Wins GOLD at Biennial Convention
Barbara Lanning
Our hard work was recognized with a Gold Award at the recent LWVFL Biennial Conventioin
Hot Topics, Pre-emption-The end of home rule?
Published on: 5/13/2021
Dean reviews this month's timely discussion of the assault on home rule
Rally to save local journalism/Orlando Sentinel
Published on: 5/13/2021
May 15 10am Lake Eola Rally
A Message from the new LWVOC Co-Presidents
Published on: 4/29/2021
Warrior for Democracy Award Winner, State Rep. Geraldine Thompson
Published on: 4/29/2021
A salute to our first winner of the "Warrior for Democracy" award
Highlights of our 2021 Annual Meeting
Published on: 4/29/2021
Presentation highlights
Apr 28, 6pm, Combating Hate, Racism...Against AAPI
Published on: 4/20/2021
Join us for this important online event.
Dean Johnson Reviews APR Hot Topics, Covid in the Classroom
Dean Johnson
Published on: 4/15/2021
Dean Johnson Reviews
APR 28 “Combating Hate Against AAPI”
Published on: 4/15/2021
Free virtual event at 6pm
April 29 People Powered Day of Action
Published on: 3/30/2021
Join other Leaguers to protect our elections
April 10 Florida Gopher Tortoise Day
Published on: 3/25/2021
LWVOC partners with others for this special day at Split Oak Forest WEA
LWVFL Leaders Call/Election Bills-Attack on Election System
Published on: 3/24/2021
A local leader call discussing the "Election Reform" bills making their ways through the FL Legislature.
New Hope for the ERA
Letter from our national president
Observer Corps for Local Government
Learn how to volunteer as an observer for the League at local government meetings
Battle Over Redistricting Will be Fought in FL; Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel article about the upcoming redistricting battle
Gift Memberships Now Available
It's now possible to GIVE a membership to a friend, family member, or colleague!
Women's History Month Celebration
Show your support for defending democracy and the importance of telling women’s stories at this second annual Women’s History Month celebration, presented by the Orange County Regional History Center and LWVOC.
March 11: Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation
Published on: 2/15/2021
Join the DEI Committee and take part in this special event at 7:00 PM, Thurs, MAR 11
Review~Feb Hot Topics: Black Families
LWVOC has a history of presenting solid Hot Topics programs for Black History Month
City of Orlando Black History Month Events
Published on: 2/2/2021
Calendar of city events
The LWVFL Supports Open Primaries--so why did we oppose Amendment #3?
Published on: 1/27/2021
Why we support open primaries
Passing of a League Leader: Betty Ann Staton
Published on: 1/7/2021
In memory of an LWVOC icon
Rationale for LWVFL Amendment 3 Position
Published on: 12/17/2020
Some of you have asked why LWVFL reversed positions to oppose FL Constitutional Amendment 3. In case you missed these earlier LWVFL notices, the following hyperlinks provide clarifying information.

2020 News Articles

Natural Resources/Young Legal Eagles Report on Urgent Environmental Issues
Published on: 11/25/2020
Details about upcoming Barry Law School presentation to committee concerning 4 important issues.
HOPE CommUnity Center Gift Collection
Published on: 11/19/2020
Our tradition of collecting gifts for this special center continues. Read more for full details.
LWVUS is helping GOTV in Georgia
Published on: 11/16/2020
If you'd like to join a texting campaign via our national League, they have an easy sign up program.
Campaign Sign Removal Project
Published on: 11/4/2020
The LWVOC is partnering with communities to repurpose election signs.
Voter Tree 2020
Published on: 10/21/2020
One year anniversary of the planting of our Voter Tree
Outdoor GOTV Events
Published on: 10/15/2020
Join us this weekend and beyond to GOTV safely outside.
Mennello Museum Exhibit/Votes for Women-A Portrait of Persistence
Published on: 10/15/2020
Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit
OCT Hot Topics-OC Charter Amendments
Published on: 10/14/2020
Dean summarizes our latest Hot Topics with League experts.
Power of One: James W. Gantt
Published on: 10/14/2020
Voter Services member goes above and beyond
Drive-by Ballot Boxes Offer Another Safe Voting Option
Published on: 10/6/2020
I recently had the good luck to visit with Bill Cowles, the seasoned Orange County Supervisor of Elections, and to tour his mail-in voting system, a combination of manpower and machines in a sprawling warehouse at 119 W. Kaley St. in Orlando.
Oct 4 Get Out the Vote Caravan
Published on: 9/30/2020
Leaguers and partners gather for a Get Out the Vote Caravan
Warriors for Democracy Posters
Published on: 9/30/2020
Designed by Jill Shargaa, displayed at the OC Regional History Center
Landmark exhibition examines Ocoee Massacre of 1920
Published on: 9/23/2020
The OC Regional History Center announces a landmark exhibition running Oct 3, 2020- Feb 14, 2021
LWVOC says Vote Yes on 3 Orange County Charter Changes
Published on: 9/23/2020
Press Release
Amendments Guide: CRC and FL Constitution Ballot
Published on: 9/18/2020
Both guides of ballot information for 2020 Election
Orange County CRC Amendments Voter Guide
Published on: 9/17/2020
Amendment explanations with supporter/opponent information and what the LWVOC supports
2020 Florida Constitutional Amendments/Ballot
Published on: 9/17/2020
Summaries of each amendment and positions the state board has taken on them
Amendment 4 Voting Rights Restoration UPDATE
Published on: 9/16/2020
Sept 11, 2020 Ruling
Global Peace Film Festival Sept 21-Oct 4
Published on: 9/9/2020
These films highlight themes such as civil rights, environmental justice, ethics, human rights, immigration, LGBTQ+, music, social justice, voting, wellness and wildlife
Sept 16, ACLU invites League to learn about local initiatives.
Published on: 9/3/2020
Zoom webinar log in information: the Immigration Committee was invited (and invites you) to participate in a virtual program on Zoom about Immigrant Rights. The primary topic will be SB 168, the Anti-Sanctuary City legislation that is still being kicked around in Tallahassee. The other topic will be an update from the ACLU Legal Team on some of the issues the committee has addressed over the last three years, such as, the separation of families at the border, the response to Covid 19 by ICE, deportation, and DACA.
Accessible VBM Pilot Program
Published on: 9/3/2020
Open to Orange County voters who are visually/print impaired.
Voters will receive an electronic ballot to be completed/printed AND paper vote-by-mail ballot which will act as backup.
Voters who have already requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot must still submit a request to participate in the pilot program.
Included Certificate Envelope must be signed and sealed with enclosed ballot and physically returned to Supervisor of Elections Office or secure drop box at an early voting location.
#Votes4All Series Takes to Zoom
Published on: 9/3/2020
Registration Information
Suffrage Happy Hour/August 26, 2020
Published on: 8/27/2020
Centennial Celebration via Zoom and Facebook Live
USPS Crisis/Restoring Confidence
Published on: 8/19/2020
How will this form of voter suppression be solved before the NOV 3 election?
AUG 26 5:00 PM, Zoom Celebration/Women's Equality Day
Published on: 8/18/2020
Join us for fun celebrating the OFFICIAL centennial date of women gaining the vote
Social Media Posts/100 Days to the Vote
Published on: 8/10/2020
Social Media Posts
LWVFL Statement on Current Threat to Elections
Published on: 8/15/2020
LWV of Florida President has penned a response regarding the current threats to our election including attacks on the U. S. Postal system.
One Vote Makes All the Difference
The spirit of our suffragists foremothers and of Harry T. Burn....
Dyer-Orlando Must Honor Renewable Energy Goals
Gloria Pickar
Published on: 8/10/2020
Ready for 100% Renewable Energy:
Solar and Energy Efficiency is Superior

Gloria Pickar, Co-President, is urging
Orlando's Mayor Dyer and OUC management
to take a serious look at a recently released
report that includes comparisons of three
pathways for achieving 100% renewable
energy by 2050. Report authors concluded
that solar and energy efficiency provide superior
economic and health results over options that rely
on coal and natural gas. See Gloria's My Word
column that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel
on Aug 8, 2020.
Week 1 Social Media Posts/100 Days to The Vote
Published on: 7/31/2020
In case you're not on social media, these are our "history posts" celebrating 100 years of women fighting for and gaining the vote...100 days out from the NOV 3 General Election.
100 Days to The Vote Launched/OS article
Published on: 7/31/2020
“These women were arrested, they were beaten, tortured and force-fed. They marched and worked for 70 some years to get the right to vote. And we have to keep honoring that,” Pickar said. “Today, we still see evidence of voter suppression and voter oppression. It’s not all gone. It’s not all fixed. We have to fight harder every day to be sure that every single American citizen can vote.”
Vote-By-Mail Signs are Ready!
Information to obtain your VBM yard sign
100 Days to The Vote
Published on: 7/26/2020
Campaign of Recognition of the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote
Open Primaries/Amendment 3
Published on: 7/22/2020
The League's position on open primaries as well as Amendment 3 on NOV ballot
National Disability Voter Registration Week/July 13-17
Communications Committee
Published on: 7/14/2020
Urge support for voters whose disabilities make the voting process more challenging
Newsletters Are Online
Don't miss another newsletter in your email.
Press Release: Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Safety
Published on: 6/18/2020
LWVOC urges online registration and Vote-By-Mail
Racial Injustice, Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
Published on: 6/8/2020
LWVOC Co-Presidents highlight a course of action and resources for engagement in the #BlackLivesMatter movement
"When I wake up, I'm black." ~2016
Published on: 6/6/2020
Posthumously, our beloved former Co-President Carol Davis, must be heard from again in these troubled times. As she eloquently wrote, "When I wake up, I'm black. Then I navigate between two worlds throughout the day.
Skin on the Rope
Valada Flewellyn
Published on: 6/6/2020
Alliance for Truth and Justice (ATJ) member, Valada Flewellyn's poem highlights the individual responsibility we all share to curb racial bias.
Protest We Must
LWVOC Co-Presidents
Published on: 6/4/2020
#BlackLivesMatter Statement
In Memoriam, Lynda Van Scoyoc 1930-2020
Published on: 5/14/2020
Passing of former League President
Orlando Family Magazine Recognizes Gloria Pickar
Published on: 5/4/2020
Super Women ~ Each year the magazine recognizes 15 women helping to make Orlando a better place.
Passing of a League Leader
Gloria Pickar
Published on: 3/31/2020
Carol Davis obituary announcement
IMPORTANT letter from Co-Presidents
Published on: 3/15/2020
COVID-19 and LWVOC schedule/policies
"Did you Know" Yearly Trivia
Ann Patton
Published on: 4/9/2020
We made a difference!
LWVOC Fact Sheet and 2020 Centennial Celebrations
Published on: 1/12/2020
Quick summary of LWVOC accomplishments and vision for 2020 celebrations
March is Women's History Month: Take Pride
Adrienne Katz Katz
Published on: 2/15/2020
A commentary about the importance of embracing our history as we prepare for our future
HOT TOPICS Postponed Until Further Notice
Published on: 3/31/2020
Sponsor a Student for Hot Topics Attendance
Barbara Lanning
Published on: 2/5/2020
Help a student attend Hot Topics
100 Years Later, Remember Who Fought for the 19th Amendment
Linda Chapin
Published on: 1/2/2020
Orlando Sentinel commentary
LWVOC Year End Report 2019-2020
Ann Patton & Tana Porter
Published on: 4/9/2020
Making a Difference, Year end report of League activities
Become Certified to Register Voters
Published on: 2/3/2020
Easy to follow steps for voter registration certification
Commentary: Road Through Split Oak Forest is Illegal
Dr. Gloria Pickar
Published on: 2/11/2020
LWVOC Co-President special commentary in Orlando Sentinel
Forever Voters and The Democracy Rebellion
Published on: 1/6/2020
Videos featuring LWV and LWVFL
History Committee 2 Year Report
Ann Patton & Tana Porter
Published on: 4/9/2020
Year end report of committee activity
LWVFL Lobby Days Feb 4-5
Published on: 1/6/2020
Sign up today and join fellow Leaguers in Tallahassee
Knowledge Life Center
Published on: 4/24/2020
Community Center
Harvard Civics Project
Published on: 2/18/2020
Harvard Civics Project

2019 News Articles

Early School Start Times: Orlando Sentinel Commentary
Published on: 11/7/2019
Orange County high schools start at 7:20 a.m. — that’s earlier than 90% of the high schools in America. As a pediatric neuropsychologist, member of the Orange County League of Women Voters Education Committee, and parent of two children who attend Orange County Public Schools, I can say, with confidence, this is an issue that affects our children’s brain health.
Voter Registration Power House
Published on: 11/7/2019
Volunteers are a power house at registering voters. JOIN them!
Amendment 4 Update
Published on: 11/6/2019
League update on continuing efforts to implement Amendment 4
Chronicle: Project CommUNITY, Affordable Housing Committee Involvement
Published on: 9/25/2019
Theo Webster and League members continue the conversation from our August Hot Topics on the affordable housing crisis in central Florida.
2019 LWVFL Biennial Convention Summary
Published on: 7/3/2019
More than 160 women, plus a few men, came from 26 local chapters to meet in Naples, Florida, June 7-8 for their 37th Biennial Convention of the Florida League of Women Voters.
South of the South
Published on: 6/19/2019
EJI marker commemorating the life of July Perry
Review: Warriors for Democracy presentation/Winter Park Library
Published on: 5/9/2019
Another great turn out to learn about our 80 years of success
League Legend Passes
Published on: 5/6/2019
Remembrance of League icon, Phoebe Carpenter
Rejected Medicaid Expansion: The True Cost for Florida
Published on: 4/30/2019
Facts and figures to consider for the upcoming MAY 8 HOT TOPICS
Message from Co-Presidents
Published on: 4/25/2019
Message from Your Co-Presidents
As your Co-Presidents for 2019-2020, we are honored to serve you. Thank you for the confidence you have invested in us and your new Board of Directors. We pledge to keep us focused on the grassroots foundation of this League to support the fine work of all of our committees as they strive tirelessly to make Orange County and Central Florida a livable, safe, healthy, educated, and sustainable community with peace and justice for all of our citizens and visitors.
Failing to Learn Lessons of Columbine
Published on: 4/23/2019
On April 20, 1999, two Columbine High School students walked into their school and murdered 12 students and one teacher, while injuring 21 others before turning the guns on themselves. As I was just a handful of years out of high school myself, the horror of that day is seared into my memory.
April 14, 2-4PM, LWVOC Highlights 8 Decades of History
Published on: 4/4/2019
Brechner Series Finale puts spotlight on women as "Warriors for Democracy"
Warriors for Democracy book Launched with Style
Published on: 4/4/2019
History book launch Mar 31 at the home of Sue and Steve Foreman
Review: Mary Adkins' Making Modern Florida Lecture/Brechner Series
Published on: 3/10/2019
3rd lecture in Brechner Series
Patricia Brigham Shares Election Reform Ideas, Tampa Bay Times
Published on: 3/3/2019
Tampa Bay Times Opinion Piece
Co-President Gloria Pickar Discusses Brechner Series on 96.5 Interview
Published on: 2/19/2019
Radio Interview with Beth Perrell
Bipartisan gun-control effort is already backsliding/Orlando Sentinel
Published on: 2/10/2019
Guest Columnist/State LWV of FL Gun Safety Comm. Chair
Review of "Suffragists and Abolitionists" Brechner Series
Published on: 2/7/2019
It was a full house at our inaugural lecture series with the Orange County Regional History Center and all were duly impressed with the presentation.
JAN 5, Program Planning Session Results
Published on: 1/24/2019
Tally of prioritized program from membership votes at Annual Planning Session.
A Day to Remember
Ann Hellmuth
Published on: 1/8/2019
Observing the first registrations after Amendment 4 passage
NPR Interview: Sandi Vidal & Linda Chapin, The Legacy of the LWVOC
Published on: 12/5/2019
Matthew Peddie interviews past and present Co-Presidents

Hot Topics Reviews

Jan 2021~Healing Our Communities
Published on: 2/2/2021
If you really, sincerely want to help close the Great American Divide between red & blue, left & right, liberal & conservative, listen up.

We can point you in the right direction, thanks to what we learned at Thursday’s League of Women Voters Hot Topics Zoom event – a joint venture of the Seminole and Orange LWV organizations.
Dean Johnson reviews NOV Hot Topics
As a journalist, I was always most interested in two of the Pulitzer Prizes -- public service and local reporting – because they pointed toward the gist of journalism and even smallish papers could be awarded (i.e., the Bristol, Va., Herald Courier in 2010 and the Torrance, Calif., Daily Breeze in 2015).

That’s my segue into Wednesday’s League of Women Voters Orange County Hot Topics , “How the Loss of Local Journalism Impacts Democracy.”

According to the New York Times, one in five local papers has closed in the past 15 years – or, in short, there goes your local government watchdog.
Sept 9, 21st Century Policing
Published on: 9/10/2020
“21st Century Policing” was the timely topic for the League’s Hot Topics event Wednesday, with panelists discussing such issues as excessive force by police and the Black Lives Matter movement, which has spawned both peaceful protests and rioting/looting.

On the subject of Black Lives Matter, “We’ve been shown we don’t matter [through U.S. history],” said Orlando civil rights attorney Jerry Girley, citing the 1857 Supreme Court Dred Scott decision as a milestone.
July Hot Topics Commentary/District 9 Judicial Candidates
Published on: 7/22/2020
Dean summarizes the judicial candidate forum/via Zoom for July Hot Topics
JUN 10 Hot Topics: Election Security and Accessibility
Published on: 6/11/2020
Bill Cowles, first elected in 1996, was the speaker Wednesday at the LWVOC’s first Hot Topics on the Zoom platform – the subject was “Election Security & Accessibility 2020" moderated by Prof. Aubrey Jewett.
ACES-Health Crisis/MAR 2020
Dean Johnson
Published on: 3/12/2020
Dean reviews "ACEs - The Biggest Health Crisis You've Never Heard Of"
Black Women's Triumphant Path to Voting/FEB 2020
Dean Johnson
Published on: 2/13/2020
Black Women's Triumphant Path to Voting
Census 2020/JAN 2020
Dean Johnson
Published on: 1/9/2020
"You probably have no idea how much is riding on the 2020 census."
Transportation in the 21st Century/NOV 2019
Dean Johnson
Published on: 11/14/2019
We’re talking about Central Florida transportation needs – discussed in Wednesday’s LWVOC Hot Topics meeting by Mayors Buddy Dyer (Orlando) and Jerry Demings (Orange County) – and the considerable moola we would need to expand Lynx bus service and the SunRail commuter train
AUG Hot Topics Summary/Racial Inequity Workshop
Published on: 8/13/2020
Dean summarizes the webinar Hot Topics presented through The Bread Organization
"No More Vigils-Gun Control" OCT 2019
Dean Johnson
Published on: 10/10/2019
October Hot Topics luncheon review of Gun Control
The Frontline of Legislative Session/SEPT 2019
Published on: 9/12/2019
Summary of luncheon program
Affordable Housing Crisis/AUG 2019
Rona Gindin
Published on: 8/29/2019
HT discussion about the affordable housing crisis in central Florida
Climate Change/JUN 2019
Hope Winsborough
Published on: 6/26/2019
Summary of luncheon held June 12
True Cost of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion/MAY 2019
Published on: 5/15/2019
Last week’s Hot Topics gathering brought LWVOC members and guests up to speed on the consequences of Florida’s decision to reject the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

While the ACA’s Medicaid expansion was set to take effect in 2014, a 2012 Supreme Court ruling allowed states to opt out. Former Gov. Rick Scott declined Florida’s $5 billion annually in federal funding, which would have covered 800,000 Floridians (initially, the federal government covered 100 percent of the cost to states, leveling-out to 90 percent in 2020). Gov. Ron DeSantis is continuing that policy.
School Daze/APR 2019
Dean Johnson
Published on: 4/10/2019
LWVOC members at Wednesday’s Hot Topics got an education about the state of education in the state of Florida.
The National Popular Vote/MAR 2019
Dean Johnson
Published on: 3/14/2019
Summary of March Hot Topics
1920 Ocoee Riots/FEB 2019
Dean Johnson
Published on: 2/13/2019
Judge Emerson Thompson Jr., moderator, told us there were 4,000 lynchings in the U.S. between 1877 and 1950. In a ranking of counties where lynchings took place, Orange County was sixth in the country. Black men were in more danger in Florida than in any other state, Judge Thompson said.
"Conversation about Suffragists and Race" JAN 2019
Our Hot Topics writer, Dean Johnson, comments about the recent Carol Davis presentation.
Transportation Future & Challenges/JAN 2019
Dean Johnson
Published on: 1/9/2019
Luncheon guests hear Mayor Buddy Dyer and guests discuss Orange County's present and future transportation challenges.
It's Getting Hot in Here: June Hot Topics Resources
Published on: 7/11/2019
Links to additional information
Provided by panelist, Jenifer Rupert - Regional Disaster Resilience Coordinator, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council : - collection of templates for emergency response plans for families, businesses etc. another resource for templates, emergency alerts etc Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety - free templates and what to do if... Sabin Center for Climate Change Law- tracks cases in court systems in US
Women Share Their Military Stories on Veterans Day
Published on: 11/11/2016
Four women who served our country in Iraq, Korea, Turkey and beyond shared their stories on Veterans Day at the monthly Hot Topics luncheon of the League of Women Voters of Orange County.

2018 News Articles

JAN 5, Annual Planning Meeting
Published on: 11/30/2018
Putting together the upcoming year's program
DEC 4 Holiday Dinner & Celebration
Published on: 11/16/2018
Register quickly for remaining spaces!
Be a Citrus Parade Participant
Published on: 11/14/2018
Details on being in the parade and how to dress for it
New GOV Sub-Committee, Nat'l Public Vote-NPV
Published on: 11/8/2018
Organizational meeting set for NOV 13
OCT 24 Event, Political Cartoons in the Time of Trump
Published on: 10/16/2018
Scott Maxwell moderates as 2 cartoonists discuss current work
2018 LWVOC Transportation Report Card
Published on: 10/16/2018
Overview of problems and solutions
Published on: 9/22/2018
Calling all members to GET OUT THE VOTE!
Defy the Cyber Attackers and VOTE
Published on: 8/31/2018
Long-time League member speaks up for voting.
Voter Services Welcomes Volunteers
Published on: 8/31/2018
View the volunteer opportunities on the Voter Services page.
Maura Smith Speaks Out Against Broken Juvenile Centers
Published on: 6/10/2018
My Word Editorial
Nancy Rudner Healthcare Opinion Piece
Published on: 5/30/2018
Orlando Sentinel
Coalition Response to Santa Fe High School Shooting
Published on: 5/18/2018
For Immediate Release
Leaguer Speaks out Against Poder Initiative
Published on: 5/3/2018
Orlando Sentinel, Letters to Editor
Inspiring Annual Meeting
Published on: 4/30/2018
Presentation of new 2018-2019 Board, Program, etc.
Patti Brigham, Leader on the Way Up
Published on: 4/26/2018
Opinion Piece
Announcing our Sun$ense Solar Campaign
Published on: 4/26/2018
Your Roof Can Print Cash
Updated Committee Information
Published on: 1/31/2018
At a glance summary of our committees
Florida Tax Credit Scholarships
Published on: 1/31/2018
Power point presentation available for Speakers Bureau

2017 News Articles

Commission on Local Debates
Published on: 11/5/2017
New Partnership
Statement from LWVFL and Coalition on LV Shooting
Published on: 10/2/2017
Official press release
Transportation Committee Presentation by Orlando Transportation
Published on: 8/18/2017
Billy Hattaway Presentation
Orlando City Commission Commits to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050
Published on: 8/9/2017
...joining a movement of more than three dozen cities across the nation.
Gault - A Look Back in Time
Published on: 5/2/2017
Retired former Gila County Presiding Judge and Presiding Juvenile Court Judge, Peter Cahill, and his former Law Clerk, Lisa Queen, will present a multimedia presentation, Gault-Looking Back in Time, that includes vintage photographs of juvenile court, photos of handwritten documents that began the habeas challenge, exhibits and transcripts from the August 1964 habeas hearings, and audio from the Supreme Court arguments
Michele Levy Responds to Critic
Published on: 4/12/2017
"I am responding to Michelle Ertel’s CF100 comment in Sunday’s Sentinel that none of the members of the state board of the League of Women Voters of Florida are Republican.

When the League appoints board members, their voter registration is never asked or considered. The League of Women Voters goes back to the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. These original suffragists were all Republicans. When Susan B. Anthony voted for the first time, she voted a straight Republican ticket.
2017 Could Most Important Year for Voting Rights
Published on: 2/7/2017
LWF USA president shares her thoughts about the upcoming year and voters' rights.
League Statement on Immigration
Published on: 2/7/2017
Official statement and press release concerning recent questions about stance on immigration.

2016 News Articles

It's Time for our Annual Meeting
Published on: 4/18/2016
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening at the University Club in Winter Park for our Annual Meeting, the centerpiece of the year for your League!
Mother, Surgeons Share Shooting Stories at Gun Safety Fundraiser
Published on: 10/19/2016
An evening of sharing and progress
Leaders Launch Campaign
Published on: 9/7/2016
Leaders Launch Campaign Opposing Utility-Backed Amendment 1
Opposition to utility-backed solar proposal spans political spectrum
When I Wake Up
Published on: 8/8/2016
Opinion piece, Orlando Sentinel
Coalition Call to Action Continues Despite Silence
Published on: 7/5/2016
Coalition perseveres despite silence from state leaders.
Coalition Call to Action
Published on: 6/24/2016
Press Release from LWVFL June 23
Let's Go Viral
Published on: 5/24/2016
PDF for social media download. I VOTE BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT...
Lynx Briefs League on Need for Funding
Published on: 3/30/2016
Finding ways that LYNX can better serve Central Floridians as they travel between home and work was the focus of a meeting between the head of the transit service and members of the Orange County League of Women Voters.
Mi Voz es Mi Vota
Published on: 3/25/2016
In keeping with League's core mission of promoting informed voting, the Spanish-language Vamos a Votar website will post the results of candidates' answers to hot-topic questions, such as Medicaid expansion and full funding of mental and physical health resources, ahead of the elections. This event is publicize the availability of Vamos a Votar as well as registering voters.
Published on: 3/22/2016
Marking the 100th anniversary of the parks service, three leading environmentalists warned Monday of the need to elect state and federal representatives who will work together to preserve the nation’s parks for future generations.
“The next generation -- and us -- have to elect the kind of people who understand,” said Nathaniel Reed, Assistant Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Reagan and Ford and helped write the Endangered Species Act. “We have to persuade good candidates to come forward to join the battle.”
Reed together with Fran Mainella, the first female Director of the National Park Service (2001-2006) and a former director of the Florida Park Service, and Jim Stevenson, former chief naturalist for Florida’s state parks, spoke at the standing-room only Rollins College event, supported by the League of Women Voters of Orange County. It marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and Florida’s First State Park.
Capitol Report 2016 Session, Week 9
Published on: 3/12/2016
Capitol Report, Final week of Legislative Session
Capitol Report 2016 Session Week 8
Published on: 3/5/2016
Last week summation of bills brought before committee.
Capitol Report 2016 Session Week 6
Published on: 2/22/2016
Rocky week in the Legislative Session.
State lawmakers must stop drug pricing from going through the roof.
Published on: 2/19/2016
Drug manufacturers have been pushing legislators in other states to enact a cap on prescription copays. Florida may be next. You might think limits on copays would be great. That could mean lower costs for you and me at the pharmacy counter, but we all pay for it in the ever-rising cost of health care and in our insurance premiums.
Open vs. Closed Primary
Published on: 2/18/2016
What are the ramifications of being a CLOSED PRIMARY state?
Capitol Report/2016 Regular Session/Week 5
Published on: 2/12/2016
As the 2016 Legislative session reaches its midpoint, gun bills appear to have been silenced, fracking is under scrutiny, and a massive water bill has been passed and signed into law by the Governor. The Senate and House approved separated budgets and will begin budget negotiations by next week, which contain some significant differences.
Giving Young Offenders a Second Chance
Published on: 2/10/2016
The Orange County Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Committee was urged by the League of Women Voters to support the use of civil citations for young offenders, “allowing them to proceed with their futures without a record.”
Voices of the League
Published on: 2/1/2016
Chosen from January Blogs
What Does the Public Think of Funding Options?
Published on: 1/18/2016
Read the results of the recent survey regarding public transportation by Metroplan
Gun Safety Chair Patti Brigham Speaks at Tampa Press Conference
Published on: 1/27/2016
At a press conference in Tampa, The League of Women Voters' Patricia Brigham said the average holder of a concealed-weapons permit does not have the kind of training that law enforcement officers get, and there's been no public outcry for an open-carry law