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KGNU is partnering with us on a
monthly series of updates called
Making Democracy Work for All!

We focus on educating KGNU listeners on the workings of state and local government and letting them know how they can get involved at different stages of the political process.

Our thanks to Maeve Conran at KGNU who is working with Jeannette Hillery, our voice on the airwaves, to plan these spots.


Listen to our four-minute spots on KGNU-FM Independent Community Radio


To listen and read, click on the title . . . 


Reauthorizing CHIP  (15 December 2017) - Jeannette Hillery

The LWVBC asks your support in urging Congress to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance
Program (CHIP,) a highly effective federal program that provides high-quality, low-cost health insurance to l
ow-income American children and pregnant women, which is administered in Colorado as the Child Health
Plan Plus (CHP+).


Food Insecurity in Boulder County  (6 November 2017) - Jeannette Hillery
Without access to nutritious, affordable food, how does anyone have the time and energy to exercise the
right to vote? In Boulder County about 40,500 individuals, including 10,630 children, lack food security.
(The Colorado average is 12.9%.) This month the LWVBC is holding two Community Conversations
on local policies that affect hunger and democracy.


Standing Firm in the Face of Voter Fraud Claims (10 August 2017) - Jeanine Pow
In a May 11, 2017 Executive Order, the Election Fraud Commission was formed on the heels of President Trump’s repeated unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election.  The League of Women Voters recommends that Coloradans stand firm, stay enrolled and encourage others to register to vote at www.GoVoteColorado.com. Don’t let anyone stop you from exercising your Constitutional right to vote!

Making Democracy Work for All ! Mental Health ! (19 June 2017) - Mary Anna Dunn
One in five of us will suffer some type of behavioral health episode this year. Lots of people don’t talk about mental sufferings, because of stigma—that is, feeling ashamed or not wanting the world to know about this “weakness.” That is old time thinking! Help is available. 

2017 State Legislative Review (25 May 2017) - Jeannette Hillery
The 2017 legislative session ended on May 10th with more bipartisanship than initially expected. A few strongly partisan bills introduced by both parties were killed during the session. Remember that the Colorado Senate is Republican controlled and the Colorado House is Democratic controlled.

Immigration Reform (19 April 2017) - Louisa Young     
We looked for the answer to the question: "Just what rights do non-citizens have?"  We considered the arenas of: employment, public benefits, voting, education and mobility (such as driver licenses). Some of our findings might surprise you. While we looked into certain rights, we know it doesn’t always work the way the law says it should. 

Money in Politics (30 March 2017) Shirley Jin and Peggy Leech

Our campaign finance laws date from 1971. Supreme Court decisions have eroded them since 1976. Now outside spending by corporations, unions, and unnamed sources dwarfs the spending by candidates in many races. Our democracy is in grave danger.


How A Bill Becomes Law   (8 February 2017) - Jeannette Hillery
We all know the saying “there outta be a law”, but how does it come about? 

The 71st Colorado General Assembly  (19 January 2017) - Jeannette Hillery
The Colorado General Assembly convenes for 120 days from January to May. Boulder County has five Representatives in the House and three Senators The LWVCO volunteer lobby core follows proposed legislation in areas such as voter service, health care, transportation, education and air quality.


Interview series — Making Democracy Work: KGNU & LWVBC


KGNU and LWVBC are co-sponsoring an intern in 2017-2018, 
Rossana Longo Better
She is developing a series of radio interviews that are part of our 
Making Democracy Work effort. 

Listen to Victor Galvan, with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, who told KGNU’s Rossana Longo Better that immigrants’ rights groups are gearing up for a fight in Colorado over the state’s driver’s license program for undocumented immigrants.

Listen to Rich Andrews, environmental engineer scientist and organic  farmer, who spoke with KGNU’s Rossana Longo Better after a screening of the movie “A Place at the Table” hosted by LWVBC as part of our series Hunger and Democracy in Boulder County.

Listen to Liz Black, of the LWVBC Social Policy Team, who told Rossana Longo Better that the food security series is in keeping with the League of Women Voters’ history of expanding people’s understanding of how to make democracy more receptive and responsive to the needs of all Americans. 







On 4 December 2017, the LWVBC's Health Care Team partnered with People to People for a screening of the film Big Pharma: A Market Failure at Frasier Meadows Manor in Boulder.

   Listen to retired pharmacist Virginia Gebhart, one of the organizers of the event, who told Rossana Longo Better that we are at a critical moment right now with the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“I believe single-payer universal health care is the economic and social justice issue of our time,” she said.

Listen to Audrey Johnson, Director of Programs at Emergency Family Assistance Association, who said that people do not understand how prevalent hunger is in an affluent community like Boulder.  Audrey Johnson spoke with Elizabeth Crowe, LWVBC Voter editor, after a screening of the movie “A Place at the Table” hosted by LWVBC as part of their series Hunger and Democracy in Boulder County.