March 12, 2009

Clean Elections Update  

Dear Clean Elections Supporters:

Our legislative bill in the House (H2764) is now being considered by Judiciary Subcommittee A, along with a number of election and other issues. Please contact the subcommittee members listed below and ask them to take the bill up quickly.

Del. Barbara Fleischauer, Chair - 340-3169 
Del. Bonnie Brown - 340-3106 
Del. Mike Caputo - 340-3249
Del. Tal Hutchins - 340-3270 
Del. Patrick Lane - 340-3275 
Del. Patti Schoen - 340-3141 

WV Citizens for Clean Elections is pleased to announce the winners of our YouTube Video Contest! Please take a look at these super efforts by interested young people - a lot of hard work went into these pieces. The winners will be shared with legislators as we promote the WV Public Campaign Financing Act.
1st Place -- -- Chris Wetzel, Ohio Northern University
2nd Place -- -- Brendan Dailey & the Charleston Catholic High School Political Forum Club
3rd Place -- -- Shere-Khan Smoot, Allyson Jasper & Emily Hamrick, South Charleston High School
4th Place -- -- Jillian Carney, Winfield Middle School

Honorable Mention: -- Wil Cook, Emilee Quintrell, Casey Hatfield, Chelsea Cobb, Brooke Davis & Matthew Fenimore, South Charleston High School -- Shawn Sims, Dylan Bailes & Steven Thompson, South Charleston High School
(link not available) -- Shayla Hughes, Timerra Moore, and Brandey Scarberry, South Charleston High School

A public financing bill for Supreme Court elections is still being worked on, and we expect it to be ready to be taken up shortly. Senator Kessler is the lead sponsor of the Senate bill, and Delegates Fleischauer and Manchin are leading the House effort.

Upcoming events:

March 22 at 9:30 AM - Julie Archer will speak about Clean Elections to the Unitarian Universalist discussion group in Charleston (500 Kanawha Blvd. W.)
March 28 at 10:00 AM - Carol Warren will speak, and Labor Council members will participate in a panel discussion of Clean Elections, in the basement conference room at the Marshall Student Center, Huntington

Please let us know if you need more information about either event, or if you would like a speaker for a meeting you are planning.

Mark your calendar: Our next coalition meeting will be Thursday, April 16, at 10:30 AM, place to be announced.

Thanks for all your efforts for Clean Elections!

Carol Warren
WV Citizens for Clean Elections
(304) 847-5121

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Citizens for Clean Elections P.O. Box 6753 Huntington, WV 25773-6753 304-522-0246