In this time of Covid-19, all public events will be virtual, and as always they are free and open to the public. Current local LWVWBLA members will receive a Zoom link directly. Others who wish to participate need to preregister at Registrants will receive a Zoom link shortly before the event. NOTE: this does not apply to candidate forums, which are recorded in closed session and made available for public viewing on our YouTube Channel.

Upcoming Events…

Candidate Forums for the November 2021 elections

The LWVWBLA conducted five candidate forums for November 2021 elections. The forums were closed, recorded sessions and the recordings are posted on our YouTube page. YouTube Channel.

November 2021 Candidate Forums:

Mahtomedi City Council

Mahtomedi School Board

White Bear Lake City Council

White Bear Lake Mayor

White Bear Lake Area School Board

Recent Events…

Redistricting: How it Affects Your Voting Power in the White Bear Lake Area

Paul Hoffman, LWV Redistricting Coordinator led a discussion on the importance and process for redistricting city, county, state and federal legislative districts that is now underway. September-January is the time to voice your opinion. Learn more from Paul’s presentation.

Revisiting Redistricting and 2021 Annual Meeting

Peter Wattson, recognized expert on redistricting in Minnesota, joined us for a discussion on April 22. Mr. Wattson served for many years as the Minnesota Senate Governmental Operations Committee counsel and then as an advisor to Governor Dayton before retiring. He is also the named plaintiff in Peter Wattson, et al v. Secretary of State Steve Simon, a lawsuit to place before Minnesota courts the decennial issue of fairly redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. The lawsuit argues Minnesota’s current boundaries are unconstitutional because changes in population growth and in-state migration over the past decade have created districts of unequal population size.

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Regulatory Capture and Minnesota’s Government: Working for the Public Interest, or Special Interests?

Cosponsored with the League of Women Voters – Woodbury/Cottage Grove Area – Don Arnosti, Environmental Consultant, discussed the problem of “capture” or cooptation of government agencies by the special interests they are meant to regulate, and how that is a problem for democratic governance in Minnesota.

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Advancing Inclusive Economic Growth

View our online discussion with Tawanna Black, Founder and CEO, Center for Economic Inclusion. Ms. Black, talked about her work to dismantle structural racism and economic disparities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Center for Economic Inclusion helps equip Twin Cities individuals and institutions with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to overcome racism and bias, foster accountability, and promote an inclusive, equitable, and healthy regional economy.

The recording can be viewed below:

Assessing Election Implications with Andy Aoki

What Just Happened, and What’s Next?

View our online discussion about the implications of the 2020 General Election with Dr. Andy Aoki, professor of Political Science at Augsburg University. Dr. Aoki’s talk took place on November 10. He addressed the uncertainties surrounding the election results, and what national and Minnesota politics will look like moving forward.

The recording can be viewed below:

Answering Election Concerns with Joe Mansky

Are you Ready for November 2020? 

View our online discussion about elections, election security, and mail-in ballots with former State Elections Director Joe Mansky. Mr. Mansky’s talk took place on September 8. He addressed challenges faced by voters and election officials in the upcoming election, and answered questions posed by members of the audience.

The recording can be viewed below:

LWV White Bear Lake Area Women’s Suffrage Exhibit

The League of Women Voters of White Bear Lake Area is proud to present a poster exhibit highlighting one hundred years of history of the League of Women Voters in our area, featuring Minnesota’s suffrage story and highlighting the local women who made it happen and continue to work to make democracy work for all. This exhibit is on display through the fall at the White Bear Senior Center, 2484 East County Road F, White Bear Lake.

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