March 26, 2009

Clean Elections Update  

Public Financing for Supreme Court passes Senate Judiciary Committee!

Senate Judiciary took up S311, the public financing bill for Supreme Court candidates on Thursday morning this week. Senator Don Caruth (R-Mercer) offered an amendment to include a provision that the Supreme Court elections be non-partisan, but it was defeated. Senator Evan Jenkins (D-Cabell) offered an amendment to begin the Pilot Project in 2010 instead of 2012, because of the unforeseen necessity of an election in 2010 due to the recent death of Justice Joseph P. Albright. That amendment was approved. The committee then voted to move the bill, with recommendation that it pass. The bill has now been referred to Finance Committee. Kudos to Julie Archer of WV Citizen Action, who spent many hours helping to develop the bill and getting the final product ready.

We need your immediate assistance in getting the bill taken up by the Finance Committee. Please make your call Friday to Senator Walt Helmick (D-Pochahontas) at 357-7980 and urge him to place S311 on the Finance Committee agenda.

And donít pass up a chance to meet with legislators and advocate for the Supreme Court bill! This coming Saturday, 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 (BE5) at the Marshall Student Center, Huntington. A continental breakfast will be provided. Please come join in the discussion and help us demonstrate that there is citizen support for public financing! Discussion of the Health Care for All Campaign will follow, so it should be a very informative morning. Please let us know if you need directions!

Unfortunately, our legislative public financing bill (H2764) was not taken up by Judiciary Subcommittee A. But WV Citizens for Clean Elections will continue to advocate for public financing for legislative races, and the legislators know that we will not go away!

Thank you for your help, and all you do for Clean Elections!

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

Voter-Owned Elections

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