Monthly Archives: January 2015

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting with State Legislators

Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Columbia Public Library Friends Room

(Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30.)

The public is invited to hear area legislators give their views on the priorities of this year’s legislative session. This is an opportunity to hear directly from them about the committees they serve on, key legislation, and actions they would like to see taken.

Legislators who have been invited include Senator Kurt Schaeffer (Dist. 19), Rep. Caleb Rowden (Dist. 44), Rep. Kip Kendrick (Dist. 45), Rep. Stephen Webber (Dist. 46), Rep. Chuck Basye (Dist. 47). Rep. Caleb Jones (Dist. 50) was invited but is unable to attend.

A question and answer session will follow the legislators’ statements, an opportunity for citizens to share issues and concerns.

This event, which is cosponsored by the Columbia Public Library, is free and open to the public.

State Program Planning

LWV State Program Planning

January 28, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Columbia Public Library – Friends Room

League advocacy begins with our positions. On January 28, we will look at our state League policy positions to determine if any need to be updated or if there are new positions we need to take. Enclosed in your January “Voter” is an insert with our state positions.*

We hope you will review this material and plan to attend our meeting.

All the local Leagues will submit a report of suggested changes or additions to LWVMO and these results will then be voted on at the State Convention in May.

Let your voice be heard!

 *A more detailed version is available on the LWVMO website at this link:

How to Fund Government Services

How to Fund Government Services

Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.



Karl Skala, Columbia City Council (Ward 3)

Steve Spellman, VP – Relationship Manager, Central Trust & Investment Company

Diane Suhler, Associate Professor of Finance/Economics, Columbia College

Jim Robertson, Managing Editor, Columbia Daily Tribune will moderate the discussion.

Recently, tax issues on the ballot failed badly, but there are needs, such as infrastructure, roads, sewers, etc. that government must fund. The panel members will discuss the topic of funding government services.

The program will originate on Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. and will be replayed on CAT TV (Mediacom Channel 85; Charter Communications Channel 983; and CenturyTel Prism Channel 98. Replay times on CAT TV are at 7 am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 7:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.)

The program will be available on the League website ( a few days after the show or at

Lunch & Learn – Civil Dialogue

Lunch & Learn

Civil Dialogue Across Political Differences

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Hy-Vee Club Room

Featuring Guest Speaker:

Professor Paul Ladehoff

Director of the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution and Campus Mediation Services

at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution in the MU School of Law

The League believes in the importance of keeping the lines of communication between varying points of view open in order to engage in useful dialogue rather than argument.

Attendees can purchase food at the Hy-Vee if they wish.

This program is free and open to the public.