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http://www.commoncause.org/atf/cf/%7bfb3c17e2-cdd1-4df6-92be-bd4429893665%7d/MILESBIO.JPGMILES RAPOPORT, PRESIDENT OF COMMON CAUSE
A Democracy, If You Can Keep It!*
Monday, May 5, 2014
The Pond House
*The story goes that Benjamin Franklin was emerging from a constitutional convention in Philadelphia in 1787 when a woman yelled to him, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
“A Republic, madam, if you can keep it,” Franklin famously answered.  In his talk, “A democracy if you can keep it,” Mr. Rapoport explored what must be done to keep the Republic.



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(L to R) Judy Casperson, West Hartford Town Council; Senator David Baram, Bloomfield; Leon Rivers, Derrick Seldon, Joel Neuwirth , and Joseph Washington of the Bloomfield Town Council


The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford(LWVGH) recently held an informal gathering for elected officials in the Greater Hartford area.  Representatives from Bloomfield, Hartford, and West Hartford attended along with members and friends of the League.  The reception offers both League members and elected officials an opportunity to be introduced to each other.  It also provides a rare opportunity for officials from different towns to meet each other and hear about issues in neighboring communities.

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(L to R) Deb Polun, LWV, West Hartford; Derrick Seldon, Bloomfield Town Council; Jan Bruner LWV host of the event, Bloomfield;  and Joseph Washington, Bloomfield.



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Nan Streeter is presented a certificate in recognition of her 50 years of involvement with LWV.  LWVGH President Carole Mulready presented the award on behalf of LWV-US.



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Michael Freimuth, CRDA Exec. Director, was introduced by League member and past president Sandy Fry.





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Membership Chair Libby Swietek, Deb Polun and Mary Andrews spend a few minutes catching up at the dinner meeting.



Annual Meeting2012 LWVGH Annual Meeting: Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor was the guest speaker at the 2012 LWVGH Annual Meeting. Mr. Pryor was thanked by League Chair Carole




WH DaysThe League was well represented at Celebrate West Hartford in June.  We registered voters and shared information on the League of Women Voters!  During the summer the LWVGH makes plans for voters service for the fall.  Stay tuned to keep track of volunteer opportunities!

Political Forum – Republican Candidates for 5th Congressional District

The 2012 Election Season started early for the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford (LWVGH) and Simsbury Republican Women (SRWC) held a Republican candidate forum for the 5th Congressional District.  This co-sponsored Forum was held on March 8, 2012, in Eno Memorial Hall, Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury at 7:00 pm, to give citizens an opportunity to get to know the candidates. A live audience was present and Simsbury Community TV taped the forum for additional broadcast . 

5th district Republican candidates.jpg Candidates Mike Clark, Lisa Wilson-Foley and Andrew Roraback (l to r) participated and are shown in the accompanying photo.  (All Republican candidates were invited to participate.)




The format for the evening consisted of questions prepared by LWVGH and written questions from the audience. The moderator was Carole Mulready, Chair of LWVGH. She was assisted by LWV timers Mary Everett, Deb Polun and Libby Swietek. Question screeners were Karen Licht, Kathleen Keegan and Marlene Wenograd.  Questions covered domestic and foreign affairs.

January 7, 2012 (Saturday) 9 AM
Legislative breakfast, League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford
Trinity Episcopal Church (corner of Farmington Avenue and Sigourney St. in Hartford).  Join us for a lively discussion with our state representatives and senators. 

The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford participated actively in the League of Women Voters-CT Fall Conference "Back in Business: Workforce Development For CT's Economic Future", held at the UCONN School of Social Work in West Hartford. Shown with Speaker Mike Meotti, VP for the Board of Regents for Higher Education in CT, (2nd from right) are:(lf to rt) Carole Mulready, LWVGH, President; Karen Rosen, Former LWVGH president and Faculty in the Community College system; Dr. Salome Raheim, Dean of the UCONN School of Social Work and co-sponsor of the event; and Sandy Fry, LWVGH former president LWVGH.


The League Annual Meeting was held on May 25 with member and West Hartford Town Historian Tracey Wilson presenting on the history of women’s suffrage in Connecticut.



The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford held its annual Wine and Cheese on Sunday, December 6 to congratulate and thank elected officials from Hartford and West Hartford. The reception at the lovely and inviting home of League member Ilze Krisst proved to be an afternoon of lively conversation complimented by many tasty tidbits prepared by members. Many thanks to our hostess Ilze Krisst and to Mary Andrews, chief organizer and Doris Hedrick, chief helper.

Celebration of elected officials
Rob Durbin, Steve Adler, Eddie Perez and David McCluskey attended LWVGH celebration of elected officials
Newly elected WH Town Councilor Judy Casperson with LWV members and friends
Rep.Jonathan Harris with LWV members and host Ilze Krisst


League of Women Voters Greater Hartford holds 1st Congressional District Debate

First Congressional District DebateThe League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford and WHC-TV of West Hartford hosted a debate among the candidates vying for the seat for the United States First Congressional District.  The debate was held in the auditorium of West Hartford Town Hall on October 18, 2010.  The candidates, Ann  Brickley, Republican; Christopher Hutchinson, Socialist Action; Ken Krayeske, Green Party; and John Larson, Democrat, engaged in a lively debate covering a variety of issues including taxes and budget, health care, foreign policy and education.  The live debate before more than 300 hundred people employed the cumulative time format to allow the candidates to express their views without a rigid time limit for each response.  LWVGH member Nan Streeter, a former mayor of West Hartford, served as moderator.  Timers for the candidates were League members Margot Callahan, Mary Everett, and Carolyn Malon from the LWVGH and Kathleen Carroll from the Windsor Area League which is also part of the 1ST Congressional District . 

The candidates provided the audience and viewers with a lively debate.  Candidate differences were emphasized throughout, as were the areas of agreement in the course of the debate.  West Hartford Community Access TV taped the debate and made copies available to all other access outlets in the First District.  In addition, CT-N taped the debate to show on its station as a public service for the voters in the 1st Congressional District.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford was pleased to be able to offer candidates the opportunity to reach the voting public during 2010 election.  We are very fortunate to be able to collaborate with WHC-TV to bring a valuable voter service to the public.

Photo: Candidates and League organizers gathered for photos after the debate. From left to right: Chris Hutchinson(SA), Ken Krayeske(G), Ann Brickley (R), Carole Mulready, Chair of LWVGH, Congressman John Larson(D), and Nan Streeter, LWVGH and former mayor of West Hartford.

ALSO view the Congressional Debate, First District,
Recorded on October 18, 2010, Connecticut Broadcasting Network

The West Hartford Library and the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford are sponsoring a discussion of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  The book—a series of essays and anecdotes that work together—forms an argument in two parts. The first part argues that the oppression of women in (mostly) developing countries is a devastating and under-recognized injustice that’s the equivalent of slavery, and that demands a moral and political movement as focused and principled as the campaign against slavery to bring it to an end. The second discusses practical ways to create this movement and effect the change that’s needed.

OCTOBER 21 (Thursday), 6:45 PM Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford

The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford in cooperation with CT-N (CT government network) and Trinity College moderated a debate between Ann Brickley and Mark Zydanowicz, candidates in the Republican Primary for the 1st Congressional District of CT. The candidates responded to questions on campaign finance, the federal budget, domestic versus foreign spending, and climate change to name a few.  The moderator was Carole Mulready and timers were Kiki Eglinton and Elisa McCarthy.  CT-N will show the debate several times before the primary.

The League also moderated a debate between two Democrats vying for the 19th Assembly District, Brian Becker and Terry Schmitt. Their debate can be viewed by going to www.whctv.org and scrolling down to 19th Assembly heading on the right side.  It is part of the live streaming service of West Hartford Community Television.  Leta Marks moderated the debate with Mary Andrews and Kathy Wilson acting as timers.

League Annual Meeting

was held on Tuesday, May 25, 6 PM -- 2010 Annual Report


Elisa McCarthy, Pat George, Carole Mulready, and Mary Murray set up Faces of the League for Celebrate! West Hartford


We had a fabulously designed booth by member Pat George  in American red, white and blue. A new voter is signed up League members “womaned” the booth over the course of the weekend of June 13 and 14.  We offered information on voting, the New Britain-Hartford Busway, and current Connecticut health issues.  A number of new voters were registered, too.

A future voterWe passed out balloons to passersby, particularly children like the boy pictured.

We offered the public an opportunity to write questions that might be posed to local officials in the fall election.  About 20 questions were submitted, including one from a very interested third grader.

Marlene discusses issues The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford will once again publish a Voters Guide for West Hartford and cooperate with WHC-TV to hold the debates for the candidates running for Town Council and Board of Education.  Voter Service in additional communities is being considered.



2009 Annual Meeting

League members Beverly Miller, Danna Dyer, Ilse Krisst, Marlene Wenograd, Doris Hedrick, and Susan Fellman enjoy the cocktail hour at the Pond House Restaurant in Elisabeth Park.
League members Beverly Miller, Danna Dyer, Ilse Krisst, Marlene Wenograd, Doris Hedrick, and Susan Fellman enjoy the cocktail hour at the Pond House Restaurant in Elisabeth Park.

League members enjoyed the 2009 Annual Meeting at the Elizabeth Park Pond House.  Deputy Speaker of the State House, Demetrios Giannaros gave an interesting talk on The State of The Economy, and the Effect of the Economy on Women.  

The Annual Report is available here

new Life member Vicki Albert and Flo Woodiel Ginny Judson, Jean Blair, Windsor League guests Rosemary O’Connell and Kathy Carroll, Janet Bruner, and Kathy Golas
new Life member Vicki Albert and Flo Woodiel
Ginny Judson, Jean Blair, Windsor League guests Rosemary O’Connell and Kathy Carroll, Janet Bruner, and Kathy Golas




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