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  • 24 Apr 2018 9:49 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    If you didn't get to attend our candidate forums for local office candidates this past weekend April 21 & 22 here are the links to the YouTube videos of the forums and the schedule for the Library TV channel showing of the forums:


    www.lexpublib.org/lpltv 


    www.youtube.com/user/lexlibrary/videos


    Check them out!


  • 19 Apr 2018 8:15 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    League of Women Voters and Partners Present

    Spring 2018 Candidate Forum Schedule

    Lexington Public Library – 140 East Main Street

    Partners: Lexington Public Library and The Frankfort/Lexington Chapter of The LINKS, Incorporated

    Saturday, April 21

    9:30-10:30            LFUCG Council At-Large (1)                               Connie Kell (not confirmed)

                                                                                                                    Chuck Ellinger II

                                                                                                                    Richard Moloney

                                                                                                                    Steve Kay

                                                                                                                    Arnold Farr

    10:45-11:45         LFUCG Council At-Large (2)                               Matt Miniard                                                                                                                                                                                        Harry Clarke

                                                                                                                    Todd Hamill

                                                                                                                    Lillie E. Miller-Johnson

                                                                                                                    Adrian Wallace

    1:00-2:00              LFUCG 11th District                                              David Jones

                                                                                                                    Sandy Shafer

                                                                                                                    Jennifer Reynolds

                                                                                                                    Charles A. Lloyd

                                                                                                                    Bill Swope

                                                                                                   

    2:15-3:00              88th Democrats                                                     Josh Mers

                                                                                                                    Cherlynn Stevenson

                                                                                                                    Gail Swanson

    Sunday, April 22

    2:00 – 2:30           County Judge Ex., Democrat                               Eugene L. Kiser

                                                                                                                    Don Blevins, Sr.                                                   

    2:45 – 3:30           Circuit Judge Family Court Div 1                        Nam Nguyen

                                                                                                                    Eileen M. O’Brien

                                                                                                                    Libby G. Messer

                                                                                                                    Gregory A. Napier

    Monday, April 23, 6:00-7:00 p.m.                     6th Congressional District

    League Partners: WKYT & Lexington Herald-Leader live streaming; Lexington Public Library; WLAP to air at a later date.      

    Democrats: Jim Gray, Theodore David Green, Daniel Kemph, Amy McGrath, Reggie Thomas, Geoffrey M. Young; Republicans: Chuck Eddy.  Andy Barr (declined)

    The League does not hold forums with only one candidate and has cancelled the following:

    88th KY House Republicans: Ashley Boggs Bruggeman (declined); Bill Farmer, Jr. (declined);                                                                    Jennifer McVay Martin (accepted)

    County Judge Ex., Republican: James Mark Sizemore (declined); Jon Larson (accepted)



    Monday, May 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.                   LFUCG Mayor

    League Partners: WKYT & Lexington Herald-Leader live streaming; Lexington Public Library; WLAP to air at a later date.      

    Ike Lawrence, Linda Gorton, Kevin O. Stinnett, Ronnie Bastin & Teresa A. Isaac, William Weyman confirmed; Skip Horine had not responded as of April 19, 2018.

    4.19.18


  • 24 Mar 2018 11:39 AM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    See the attached file for a list of all of the candidate forums we will be conducting for the primary elections in Lexington.  The public is well to attend in person or view online.Spring 2018 Candidate Forum Schedule 3.22.2018.docx

  • 04 Mar 2018 7:21 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Below you will find the winning essay from the 2017 League high school essay contest.  Enjoy:


    Searching for Real News


    In mid-November, the controversy erupted.  First one, then two, then six women accused Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct — including sexual assault of teenage girls.  Given the political climate, media sources’ viewpoints depended on partisan leanings.  Liberal media outlets took the accusers’ claims seriously; sources that are more conservative tended to accept the claims; however, the Moore campaign and ultra-conservative media sources vehemently denied everything.  Which sources are telling the truth?


    The facts suggest that Moore’s denials are untrue; the preponderance of accusers implies that his actions were a habit.  The stories of his misconduct are also consistent over time: In the 1980s, a mall banned Moore because it knew about his behavior.  Besides, the media put effort into verifying the allegations.  Around the same time as the news first broke, another woman approached The Washington Post, claiming to have been molested by Moore.  Nevertheless, when the Post investigated her claims, they found inconsistencies.  Eventually, reporters found out that she belonged to an anti-mainstream-media organization attempting to execute a sting operation.  To me, this event disproves the Moore campaign's claims that the Post was creating fake news.  If the newspaper were only interested in attacking the Moore campaign, it would have published the false allegations in a heartbeat.


    Citizens usually lack time to conduct a thorough investigation, illustrated above.  As a general rule of thumb, mainstream news sources tend to be more trustworthy.  They have more resources than fringe platforms, enabling more thorough fact checking.  By definition, mainstream sources must appeal to a wide swath of Americans, so they tend to hold more moderate viewpoints.  Ideology is more likely to cloud the judgment of sources that lack a large reader base.  However, television channels don't have this luxury, as the public expects the to report on events in real time.  Not only do they have less time to check facts, but media sources such as Fox and CNN must deliver new news constantly.  As a result, they may stretch the facts by constantly trying to find another attractive angle.


    For these reasons, I avoid televised news.  Instead, I read the New York Times and listen to NPR.  I trust NPR — which receives government funding, which suggests that it is moderate — to be objective.  For instance, it covered the sexual harassment scandals surrounding both Moore and Democratic senator Al Franken.  Of course, NPR has a reputation as liberal, so fewer Republicans choose to be interviewed by it than Democrats (as I have noticed), creating a more left-wing impression.  This feedback loop could potentially create an echo chamber in the future, but not now.  I rely on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times to provide insightful investigative reporting, but I realize that the editorial board skews liberal.  From time to time, I watch late-night talk shows, such as Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show.  I would like to think that I can laugh at how these shows mock the news without absorbing their political biases.  But in reality, these shows are pulling me leftwards.  Still, as nearly none of my news comes from the Internet, I don’t believe that I am exposed to fake news.


    But no one thinks that their news is fake news.  However, the amount of contradictory news on the Internet suggests that a significant fraction of Americans are receiving falsehoods but believe that the other side is lying.  Unlike the rest of the party, Alabama Republicans have generally not condemned Moore; they seem to be operating with a different set of facts than the National GOP leadership.  How can anyone be sure that his or her news is real?


    It’s not easy.  In fact, if citizens cannot accept that reality may contradict their cherished beliefs, they will not be able to distinguish fake news from real.  However, for those of us who can doubt ourselves, we must examine our sources.  Do they consistently attack one party or group?  Do the opinions of the editorial board seep over into the newspaper’s reporting?  Have newscasters ever warped the truth, contrary to the Society of Professional Journalists’ guidelines?  Does the source identify conservatives as conservatives but not identify liberals as liberal, or vice versa?  If you can answer yes to any of those questions, dig deeper.  Choose a controversial issue and evaluate how your sources treat the issue.  Does their information come from reporting based on multiple, credible sources or a political party’s talking points?  Is the source ignoring certain viewpoints on this issue?  A source that survives these tests is credible — for now.  As political realities change, so do the viewpoints of organizations.


    Is this balancing act ideal for a democracy?  Has the First Amendment gone too far in protecting the right to publish falsehoods?  In theory, a government that wanted to ensure that its citizens remained informed could tighten restrictions on free speech.  However, such actions lead to a slippery slope.  A political party in power would be sorely tempted to regulate opposition friendly media out of existence.  The Adams administration used the Alien and Sedition Acts to imprison Democratic-Republicans (that is, anti-Adams) editors.  Perhaps Congress could fund a nonpartisan organization that exposes lies — such as Politifact or Snopes.  Still, the government should not do our thinking for us; otherwise, we risk becoming an Orwellian society where truth loses meaning.  The people can and should take responsibility for finding the truth.  The truth is out there — and we should settle for nothing less from the fourth estate and from our elected public officials in American government.


  • 10 Feb 2018 12:54 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    1:00 p.m.

    Capitol Annex Room 125

    Frankfort

     

    The League has prepared a report on redistricting to highlight concerns about redistricting in the state. Experiences with gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Maryland and North Carolina resulting in lawsuits, as well as the 2012 court challenge in Kentucky requiring a special session to corrective action, are cause for concern about future efforts in the Commonwealth. Members of the redistricting committee and board including president Wanda Lynch and author of the report, Susan Perkins Weston, will release the report and discuss goals for improving the process in the Commonwealth.


  • 13 Nov 2017 11:14 AM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Unable to go to our Nov. 4th forum about higher education? Then, click on on these links to watch a video of the forum. It is is in 3 parts. 
    Part 1: https://youtu.be/YX8lR5Fe3vI 

    Part 2: https://youtu.be/yp9ZF8l_sHE
    Part 3: https://youtu.be/hD5pHr0Y5EE

  • 24 Oct 2017 9:49 AM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The League of Women Voters of Lexington will examine college and postsecondary education access and affordability barriers for Kentuckians on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College: Newtown Campus (Newtown and Fourth Street), Classroom 107.

     

    The Student Voice team of the Prichard Committee will present their research findings. This group of students has done research, interviewed students across the state, and assembled a wealth of information to share and has recently released a new book, Ready or NotStories from Students Behind the Statistics.


    The panel will also include Perry Papka, policy analyst at the Prichard Committee with a focus on postsecondary education, and Erin Klarer, Vice President for Government Relations at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.


  • 22 Oct 2017 3:00 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The League of Women Voters of Lexington is sponsoring an essay contest for Fayette County high school students asking them to write an op-ed on the following:

    Given that the first amendment of our Constitution protects “the freedom of speech and of the press,” is there any way to avoid the influence of distorted or false reports?  In these contentious political times, how do you evaluate the information that comes your way?  What sources do you feel you can trust and why?


    The contest is open to any student in grades 9-12 who attends a Fayette County school. Private school and home-schooled students are eligible. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 8, 2017.   


    Monetary prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place will be awarded in January.  There also will be a special recognition of ESL writing of $100. An honorarium will be awarded to the teacher/sponsors each of the winning writers. 


    Students and teachers can learn more about the contest by e-mailing Essay Contest Committee chair, Judy Johnson at lexington.lwvessaycontest@gmail.com.


    “We sponsor the Essay Contest to encourage high school students to think about our democratic process and to provide an avenue for students to express themselves in writing,” said Tammy Fagley, president of the Lexington League. 


    Judy Johnson, Essay Contest Chair

    859-806-1309



  • 18 Oct 2017 9:46 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, the League has to cancel the candidate training class that was scheduled for October 21.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 07 Oct 2017 4:10 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Money in Politics To Be Examined at Oct. 19 Forum

     Money in Politics: Our Republic in Crisis is the subject of a public forum to be hosted by Together Frankfort and the New Kentucky Project at the Kentucky History Center on October 19 at 6:30 pm. Other sponsors include the Kentucky League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women-Kentucky.


    A panel of speakers will discuss corporate influence on American democracy from perspectives of both the left and the right.  Participants include:

    •Krystal Ball, author, founder of the People’s House Project, and former co-host of MSNBC talk show The Cycle;

    •Adam Edelen, former state auditor and co-founder of the New Kentucky Project;

    •Dr. Donald A. Gross, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Kentucky who, for over twenty years, focused his research on campaign finance reform; and

    •John Pudner, executive director of the conservative organization, Take Back Our Republic.

    Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of The Kentucky Gazette and assistant professor of journalism at Kentucky State University, will moderate the evening’s discussion.


    A reception will follow the discussion. There is no charge for the event but donations are welcomed.


    Together Frankfort is a non-partisan, volunteer group seeking to increase civic engagement. New Kentucky Project, co-founded by former state auditor Adam Edelen and Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones, seeks to move Kentucky forward and modernize our state through identifying and promoting new ideas and new leaders.


    For more information about this event, contact Mary Lynn Collins, phone 502-319-5509; e-mail marylynn41@hotmail.com or Erik Jarboe, phone 502-545-3098, e-mail  erik@newkentuckyproject.comor on the web at www.togetherfrankfort.org/fall-forum.html.

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    Together Frankfort Coordinators

    P.O. Box 870

    Frankfort, KY 40602


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