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May 2012
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See You At Annual Meeting Monday, May 7


We're mixing business with pleasure at our annuaThe Capital Mistepsl meeting on Monday, May 7. Come to vote on the new board slate, the 2012-2013 budget and more. But plan to stay for the fun when Susan Swatek and Wayne Hardy, aka "The Capitol Missteps," entertain us with song and dance lampooning the current political situation in Oklahoma and the nation, as well as share a witty review of our League's history

Time and Date: 5:30-8 p.m., Monday, May 7
Place: Fellowship Congregational Church, 2900 S. Harvard Ave.
The  $10 cost covers your buffet meal and drinks, including wine. A vegetarian option is available. Reservations are due Wednesday, May 2. Reserve today!
OK Supreme Court Invalidates HD71 Election

The Special Election in House District 71 was invalidated by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on April 30. The seat will remain vacant until the Nstate capitolovember election.The Tulsa League is disappointed that nearly 3,000 voters had their legitimately-cast votes invalidated. We are also disappointed that the residents of HD71 will be without representation in Oklahoma City for 13 months.


Through an amicus brief, the League had urged the court to require the Tulsa County Election Board to count every legitimately-voted ballot in the April 3 special election to fill the unexpired term in HD71.Through the brief and in oral arguments, the League said simply: the mistake of an election official to bring all legitimately-voted ballots to the hand recount should not affect the election outcome. In our democracy, no candidate should win an election on a technicality.   


Thank you Board Member (and attorney) Ron Wilkinson for both writing the brief and presenting our position to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. 


Read the complete brief here.


League Unites Against the War on Women  

The League joined marchers in 35 states on April 28 when we sent a busload to Oklahoma City for the march and rally to Uni
te Against the War on Women. Norman League Member Mary Francis represented us publicly at the rally. Thank you to our friends at Hope Unitarian Church who helped us fill the bus. It was also a great day to register voters. In this photo, League members Celia Powles and Deborah Whittaker (wo)man the registration table.

Special thanks to Board Member Deborah Whittaker and Office Volunteers Lynn Rivers and Connie Seibold who made this day happen for the League. 
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In This Issue
HD71 Election Thrown Out
League Fights War on Women
Personhood Politics
Meet the New Board
Personhood Politics

 The League is cosponsoring a talk by author and journalist Kathryn Joyce at 7 p.m., Thurs., May 17, at All Souls Unitarian Church. Everyone is invited.

The title of the talk is: "Personhood Politics: The Collision of Church, State and Women's Health."

Thank you members Sheila Swearingen and Julie Skye for making the League cosponsorship possible.

This talk is part of the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance annual meeting.


Meet the 2012-2013 Board

At the annual meeting on May 7, members will vote on the 2012-2013 Board of Directors. There will be several new faces. Click here for a complete list of the new board.

Thank you everyone who served. We will miss those members rolling off, including Membership Chair Shannon Benge, Vice President Gloria Caldwell, State Board Liaison Sharron Pettiford, Candidate Forum Chair Lisa Simpson, and Meetings Chair Deborah Whittaker. 
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