League of Women Voters of
Issue: March 2010
Editors: Marian Hayes & Jean Wood
Notes from the President – Rebecca Lambert
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March is Women’s History Month and if I asked you to name five significant
1 PRESIDENT’S NOTES women in history, would you be able to? Maybe the better question is how long
2 CHRISTINE WHITMAN
would it take you to come up with those names?
3 VOTER ID– AC T NOW!
I went to the National Women’s History Project website and found a list of women
4 CLIMATE CHANGE and their contributions to history, and. I found myself surprised at how long the list
5 ALERTS, NOTICES, was. Then I was shocked by my surprise. Why wouldn’t the list be long? Then it
WEBSITES, MEMBERSHIP occurred to me, when I think back to my history and social studies classes, I don’t
remember there being a focus on many women. Of course we all learned about
EVENTS CALENDAR Amelia Earhart, Clara Barton, and Eleanor Roosevelt. But women did not occupy
the same number of pages as men in the textbooks. I found out that in the early
Monthly Meeting eighties, less than 3% of the content of teacher training textbooks mentioned the
Friday, March 5th, 1:00pm contributions of women and when included, women were usually written in as
University Center Board Rm mere footnotes (National Women’s History Project, nwhp.org). That might
explain my initial surprise.
Christine T. Whitman
Does the lack of women represented throughout history really have an impact on
Tues. March 2nd, 7PM
The Riley Institute, Shaw Hall
young girls and women? If we go along with the saying, if you can see it, you can be
Younts Conference Center it, then yes. It is imperative that women are vocalized as an important part of our
Furman University history…because they are. Abigail Adams was strong in her support for women and
if her voice was not heard, how much longer would women’s voices not have been
Intl Women’s Day heard?
Monday, March 8th
Next Monthly Meeting The impact of women is not just historical, it is current. There are women out there
Friday, April 2nd, 1:00pm every day making history. Women like Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president
University Center Board Rm of Harvard University, who put a relatable face to the halls of higher education.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia. Liberia is the first African nation to elect
a female president. She was elected in a time of great conflict in her country and is
Fri. April 16th – The Cascades
dedicated to its rebuilding.
LWVSC Council Meeting
Sat. April 24th, Columbia
I know you are aware of women around you making a difference every day, and
contributing in their own way to history. How will you honor those women? A
LWV National Convention simple thank-you might do, but it could be more empowering to encourage young
Fri. June 11th – Tue. June 15th women to follow in their footsteps.
In the words of Abigail Adams: Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and
favorable to them than your ancestors were.
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CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN
Christine Todd Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group
(WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.
WSG offers a comprehensive set of solutions to problems facing businesses,
organizations, and governments; they have been at the forefront of helping
leading companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
She is also co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council (RLC), which she
founded with Senator John Danforth. The RLC’s mission is to support fiscally
conservative, socially tolerant candidates and to reclaim the word Republican.
She is the author of a New York Times best seller called “It’s My Party Too”,
which was published in January of 2005 and released in paperback in March
Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001
until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey,
serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.
As Governor, Christie Whitman earned praise from both Republicans and
Democrats for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land
as permanent green space. She was also recognized by the Natural Resources
Defense Council as having instituted the most comprehensive beach monitoring
system in the nation. As EPA Administrator, she promoted common-sense
environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies.
She championed regulations requiring non-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur
emissions by more than 95 percent. Under her tenure, the Agency established
the first federal program to promote redevelopment and reuse of "brownfields”,
that is, previously contaminated industrial sites.
Governor Whitman serves on a number of non-profit organizations including the
Board of Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships and the Board of Directors of
the Council on Foreign Relations. She was also the Co-Chair for the Council on
Foreign Relations’ Task Force, More Than Humanitarianism: A Strategic U.S.
Approach toward Africa as well as the Aspen Health Stewardship Project, which
was released in February of 2008. She co-chairs Clean and Safe Energy (CASE)
with Dr. Patrick Moore.
Governor Whitman also serves on the Board of Directors of S.C. Johnson and
Son, Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., and United Technologies Corporation. She
currently serves as an advisor to the Aspen Rodel Fellowship program.
Prior to becoming Governor, she was the President of the New Jersey Board of
Public Utilities and served on the Somerset County board of Chosen
Governor Whitman holds a BA from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and is
married to John R. Whitman. They have two children and two grandchildren.
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Voter Photo ID--an Attack on Our Voting Rights
Take Action! Call or Email Your State Representatives Today
On Feb. 3, the SC Senate passed a "compromise" voter photo ID bill and sent it
to the House. The amended H3418 will still cost over $1,000,000 to implement
and result in the disenfranchisement of 178,000 registered South Carolina
voters. At a time when teachers are being furloughed and the state is facing
huge budget deficits, it makes no sense for taxpayers to have to pay for this
costly, unnecessary and suppressive legislation. South Carolina is already one
of 25 states that require identification to vote at the polls, and election officials
have testified that they know of no cases of voter impersonation in recent
The Voter Photo ID H 3418 is set on the House calendar for Feb. 16. Please contact your state
information came from representative and urge her or him to vote against the bill.
LWVSC, • The 178,000 South Carolinians who would be disenfranchised by this Voter
February 14, 2010. Photo ID Compromise are fully qualified voters who are currently registered to
vote but lack valid photo identification, largely because they no longer drive or
do not own a car.
• The Senate reached its "compromise" on H3418 by inserting, among other
provisions, language that would create a period of early voting in the state.
Although the League supports early voting, provisions for early voting in this
bill do not justify disenfranchising 7% of all registered voters in the state.
• The estimated annual cost of implementing this bill is $1 million. This
includes lost revenue from elimination of fees for DMV-supplied photo ID
cards, additional training for poll workers, a statewide voter education program,
and new registration cards that include a photo.
Greenville County: Representative: Harry Cato Dist 17 Representative: Chandra E. Dillard Dist 23
Senator: Phillip Shoopman Dist 5 Phone: (803)734-2701(Columbia) Phone: (803)212-6791(Columbia)
Phone: (803)212-6032(Columbia) E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail: email@example.com Representative: Tommy M. Stringer Dist 18 Representative: Bruce Bannister Dist 24
Senator: Michael Fair Dist 6 Phone: (803)212-6881(Columbia) Phone: (803)734-3009(Columbia)
Phone: (803)212-6420(Columbia) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Representative: Dwight Loftis Dist 19 Representative: Karl B. Allen Dist 25
Senator: Ralph Anderson Dist 7 Phone: (803)734-3101(Columbia) Phone: (803)734-3006(Columbia)
Phone: (803)212-6032(Columbia) E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail: email@example.com Representative: Daniel Hamilton Dist 20 Representative: Rex F. Rice Dist 26
Senator: David L. Thomas Dist 8 Phone: (803)212-6795(Columbia) Phone: (803)734-3035(Columbia)
Phone: (803)212-6240(Columbia) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Representative: Wm. T. Wylie Dist 21 Representative: Garry R. Smith Dist 27
Senator: Daniel B. Verdin III Dist 9 Phone: (803)212-6883(Columbia) Phone: (803)734-3045(Columbia)
Phone: (803)212-6230(Columbia) E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail: email@example.com Representative: Wendy Nanney Dist 22 Representative: Eric Bedingfield Dist 28
Representative: Mark N. Willis Dist 16 Phone: (803)212-6877(Columbia) Phone: (803)734-2962(Columbia)
Phone: (803)212-6882(Columbia) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
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This is the third in a series of articles on Climate Change in South Carolina.
While Climate Change is a national and global concern, it strongly affects
South Carolina, too. This article focuses on loss of tourism and climate
change solutions. Articles following this month will focus on efficiency and
conservation, renewable energy, and a plan of action. We hope you find the
series thought-provoking and will let your elected officials know how you feel
about Climate Change.
Economic Jeopardy: Trouble for Tourism
Tourism is South Carolina's top industry. In 2005, the tourism industry brought
in $16 billion and supported over 200,000 jobs. South Carolina's rich history,
culture, and natural heritage attract countless visitors to our beautiful state every
“Tourism is South year.
Carolina’s top industry.
A warming climate Tourism in South Carolina is all about the outdoors. Visitors and residents alike
jeopardizes our enjoy the scenic coast, the picturesque foothills of the Upstate, and the forested
outdoor-based tourism.” hunting grounds and lakes of the Midlands. In fact, each year more than 12
million visitors to our state participate in some form of outdoor activity.
A warming climate jeopardizes South Carolina's outdoor-based tourism. Most of
our tourism occurs along the coast, which is particularly vulnerable to changes
like hotter summers, stronger storm activity, and sea level rise. The increasing
risks of heat-related illnesses, infectious diseases, and respiratory illnesses limit
our ability to enjoy all the activities the outdoors has to offer.
South Carolina's natural heritage is one of the state's greatest attractions, and we
need to protect it. Addressing climate change means safeguarding our state's
outdoor treasures and tourism-based economy.
Climate Change Solutions
Efficiency and Conservation
Renewable Energy Innovation
South Carolina has a lot on the line when it comes to climate change. Our
environment, our health, and our economy are all at risk. Even though climate
change is a global problem, South Carolina can be part of the solution to prevent
the worst of its impacts. Through strong leadership and strategic investments in
energy efficiency and renewable energy, we can reduce our global warming
pollution, strengthen our state's economy, and protect our communities.
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In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, America needs to be on
track to reduce greenhouse emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year
2050. Although that sounds like a lot, we can gradually work toward that goal.
Urge Congress to take We need to start now.
www.senate.gov Achieving this goal will require everyone's participation – from individuals and
www.house.gov families to businesses and government. There are three important components
to the solutions we need to fight climate change: energy efficiency and
Contact your state conservation, renewable energy innovation, and political leadership.
www.statehouse.net South Carolina can play an important role in achieving success in each of these
or areas. In some cases, we already have. Across the state, South Carolinians are
see listing of phone calling for action on climate change. The solutions are available. Now is the
numbers and e-mail time to act.
addresses on the bottom
of Page 4 Credits
The article above is in part from the South Carolina Guide to Climate Change, Author: Colin R. Hagan,
Technical Support: Andrew Mansbach, Consultant: Jennifer S. Rennicks.
Support for the South Carolina Guide to Climate Change project was made possible by a Compton Mentor
Fellowship from the Compton Foundation, Inc. The following organizations and individuals provided
assistance: Back Porch Energy Initiative; Dr. Greg Carbone, University of South Carolina, Department of
Geography; Dr. Robert Ball; Kitchen Table Climate Study Group; The Sustainability Institute; the staffs of
the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Upstate Forever.
Some Reflections on the Copenhagen
Climate Change Conference - Mary Wilson
In December, the LWVUS sponsored a delegation of LWV members to the
United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. The
delegation was chaired by Carole Conors (LWV of Montgomery County, MD),
and the other delegates were: Sarah Diefendorf (LWV of San Francisco and
chair of the LWVUS Climate Change Task Force), Rebecca Lordan (LWV of
Cape Ann, MA), Jennifer Searfoss (LWV of Central Orange County Area, CA),
Ellyn Murphy (LWV of Benton/Franklin Counties, WA and member of the
LWVUS Climate Change Task Force), Lauralee Barberia (LWV West Contra
Costa, CA), Claire Vanderslice,(LWV of Ozaukee County, WI), Mel Bromberg
(LWV of Milwaukee County, WI).
Climate Change remains a League priority advocacy issue. It is clear from this
conference there is much work to be done on this important issue.
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League Urges Senate to Pass
Critically Important Campaign Finance Law
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case,
League President Mary G. Wilson sent a letter to the Senate urging them to
update campaign finance laws, with particular attention to requirements
governing corporate and union spending. Lobby Corps members are visiting
key Senate offices this month to discuss legislation. Mary also sent an e-mail,
2/17/10, reminding members and supporters that her Congressional testimony
from earlier this month (February) is available in webcast format online, and
pointing to a new nationwide ABC News-Washington Post poll showing that
the League is not alone in this fight: 80 percent of Americans of both parties
oppose the Court’s decision.
Contact our Senators and Representative, today!
Senator Lindsey Graham (202) 224-5972
Senator Jim DeMint (202) 224-6121
Representative Bob Inglis (202) 225-6030
Go to the website http://greenvilleco.sc.lwvnet.org under Your Elected
Officials and choose the Federal Government page. There is an e-mail link
you may “click on” to write them.
Web Site statistics
Website Usage Report
This report lists the activity in each month.
Each unit ( ) represents 25 requests for pages or part thereof.
month: #reqs: #pages:
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Aug 2009: 23: 12:
Sep 2009: 640: 503:
Oct 2009: 1046: 796:
Nov 2009: 873: 634:
Dec 2009: 872: 703:
Jan 2010: 1087: 950:
Feb 2010: 858: 772:
Busiest month: Jan 2010 (950 requests for pages).
This report is current as of February 21, 2010.
“Try out the new Greenville Co. LWV: http://greenvilleco.sc.lwvnet.org
Greenville web site.” State LWV: http://lwvsc.org
National LWV: http://lwv.org
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