“How Does Redistricting Work?”
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 12:00 noon
Community room of HyVee (Conley Rd. store)


David Leuthold (professor emeritus of Political Science at MU)
Elaine Blodgett (former president of the League of Women Voters of Missouri)
Sharon Schneeberger (chair, LWVCBC Redistricting Study Committee)

The speakers will present an overview of redistricting and explain historical patterns that have been followed in Missouri.

Every ten years each state redefines voting districts by population. Missouri will redistrict city, county, state and congressional districts in 2021, using data from the 2020 census. Missouri’s actions could be affected by the Wisconsin and Maryland cases now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Leagues across the U.S. are acknowledging this important issue and encouraging citizen involvement to achieve fair voting districts. Attendees are encouraged to come with their questions about this process.

Although no lunch is provided, attendees may purchase lunch in the store or bring their own.

This event is free and open to the public.

Election Forum

Candidate and Ballot Issue Forum
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. refreshments)
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Columbia City Council, Ward 2
Paul Love
Michael Trapp

Columbia School Board (Two positions open)
Susan Blackburn
Christine King
Tyler Lero
Teresa Maledy

Ben Tilley

Boone Hospital Board of Trustees
Mark Dempsey
Greg Steinhoff

Boone County Fire District Board (Two positions open)
Karmon Griffin
David Ritchie

Bill Watkins

Columbia School District – Ballot Issue
Dr. Peter Stiepleman, superintendent
Dr. Stiepelman will make a presentation and answer questions about the issue.

The Columbia City Council Ward 6 seat is up for election, but only one candidate (Betsy Peters) is running unopposed and will not be included in the forum.

We are expecting KFRU Radio to broadcast the forum live and David Lile and Renee Hulshof will serve as moderators.

The Columbia Public Library is cosponsoring this event which is free and open to the public.


Lunch & Learn – State Historical Society

The State Historical Society’s New Center for Missouri Studies

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
12:00 Noon
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
(Please note new location)

Guest Speaker:
Abigail Anderson, senior advancement officer, State Historical Society

Ms. Anderson will give a presentation on the status of SHSMO’s Center for Missouri Studies new building project that is currently under construction at Sixth and Elm Streets in Columbia. She will also present information on Missouri’s “Women as Change Agents” oral and history program that started in St. Louis and Kansas City and their plans for expanding the program to the rest of Missouri.
Although no lunch is provided, attendees are welcome to bring their own.
This program is free and open to the public.


“The Sunshine Law: what is it and how does it help government?”

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
7:00 p.m.


Guest speaker:

David Roland, director, Freedom Center of Missouri


Randy Picht, executive director, Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Sunshine Law requires meetings be open and transparent. But there are also many other aspects to the law that make for good government.

The Freedom Center of Missouri is a non-profit, non-partisan organization focusing on the protection of constitutional liberties.

The show airs live at 7:00 p.m. on February 14. The program will be available a few days later on our website or at
The show replays on CAT TV at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
CAT TV can be found on Mediacom 85, Charter Communications 983, and CenturyTel Prism 98.