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Oviedo City Council to Incentivize Commercial Projects

DowntownThe Oviedo City Council believes the city needs more commercial projects to lessen the tax burden on residents. Mayor Dominic Persampier proposed an idea he believes will deter building residential neighborhoods and encourage building commercial projects. Read about the Oviedo City Council’s plan to stimulate commercial growth here.


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school photoLWV Florida, Orange County and Seminole County are closely following the issue of guns on campus.  If you would like to gunview the panel discussions organized by the League and held in Orlando on August 14, 2015, visit our LWVS YouTube channel and select the “Campus Carry” playlists.

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Tune in to Central Florida Spotlight tomorrow!

“Central Florida Spotlight” and Greg Warmoth look at guns on campus at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9.

The show features opponents of legislation that would allow firearms on Florida’s public college and university campuses as well as the bill’s sponsor in the Florida House. The sponsor is Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota.
The opponents are Patricia Brigham, who formed the League of Women Voters of Florida’s statewide Gun Safety Committee, which she chairs; Kathryn Grant, Southeastern regional director for the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus; and Paul Rooney, assistant vice president of safety, security and risk management at Valencia College and former Orlando police chief.”
~Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel
Patti Brigham, Chair
Gun Safety Committee
LWV of Florida


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Increasing Youth Voter Turnout

CIRCLE (the Center for information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) released an analysis of election data from the US Census and reports several crucial lessons for those who are gearing up to engage millions of potential voters before Election Day 2016. First things first–get young voters EXCITED about voting with issues that matter! Go to the League’s national blog to read other ideas from CIRCLE that can increase youth voter turnout.


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NPR today announced that the weekly “Intersection”news program will open up for live, call-in participation.  Today’s panel includes Orlando Sentinel Columnist Beth Kassab, Florida Trend Magazine’s Jason Garcia and Frank Torres, of the Orlando Political Observer, discussing politics, local land development and other issues relative to Central Floridians.  If you have an opinions, this is your opportunity to make it known; call 1-866-338-5252.

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On July 23, 2014 Orlando Sentinel announced a new feature they are developing as the result of a grant from the James L. tallahasseeKnight Foundation.  It will provide up to date information on the voting records and status of bills in the Florida legislature to news organizations and the general public throughout the state.

Per the announcement:  Tabs on Tallahassee will be available in time for the start of the Florida Legislature’s 2016 session in January.  “This is a huge win for the Orlando Sentinel and all residents of Florida,” said Sentinel Publisher Nancy Meyer. The Knight grants, totaling $3.2 million, went to journalism initiatives focused primarily on information about candidates and issues and voter engagement. For more about the tool and to share your ideas, go to OrlandoSentinel.com/tabsontallahassee.

Excerpt Quoted from the article by Scott Powers

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Seminole County Annual Meeting

Citing the meeting’s theme of “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future,” LWV Seminole President LaVonne Grayson introduced the afternoon’s guest speaker, Alicia Clarke, Curator of the Sanford Museum. LaVonne pointed out that 2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of the United States, which was formed about the same time that women in the United States achieved national suffrage in 1920.

With her audience in mind, Ms. Clarke not only described the resources available in the museum relating to the beginnings of the history of Sanford, but emphasized the roles that women played in its history.

In particular, she told how materials relating to women were often filed under their husbands’ names rather than under their own first names. For instance, a woman might be referred to as Mrs. John Smith rather than as Joan or Mary Smith or by her maiden name. Sources of information on women often came from obituaries. Historians had to hunt for good information on women because very few women worked outside the home. They worked, for sure, but mostly in unpaid volunteer positions in churches, and through the influence they had on their husbands. For instance, Gertrude Helen Dupuy Sanford, the wife of Henry Sanford, for whom the city of Sanford was named, donated bells to various churches. She also was instrumental in having the Sanford Museum built, partly as a resource to honor her husband. Mrs. Sanford died in 1902, before her husband’s papers were donated. Their daughter, Carola Sanford Dow, carried out her mother’s wish by donating the Sanford papers to the museum in 1957, and these provided the bulk of the Henry Sanford collection.

Statistics found in the museum show that newly enfranchised women were eager to exercise their privilege to vote in the election of 1920. Women made up over 40% of the registered voters in Seminole County that year. This included both white and African-American women.

At the League meeting, several attendees identified themselves as descendants of Sanford’s early residents, and a lot of interest was shown in this very rich resource for Seminole County’s history.

By Elizabeth Murphrey


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