LWV ABC's Spotlight on Issues

LWV ABC's Spotlight on Issues

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The League of Women Voters Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids hosts guest speakers on local issues. Our "Spotlight on Issues" is recorded and aired on local cable television.  All video is available on the LWV ABC YouTube channel and on demand at QCTV's League of Woman Voters programs.

Anti-Racism  |  Census |  Children |  Community Safety |  Elections |  Environment |  Health | Local Government 


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Spotlight on Issues - Anti-Racism 


Spotlight on Issues - Census 2020 

  • 2020 Census Forum 
      • 63 minutes; September 9, 2019; produced by CTN, Coon Rapids, MN
      • Panelists Andrew Verdin, Director of Census Operations at the Minnesota State Demographer's Office; Kathy Tingelstad, former Minnesota State Legislator; Matt Brown, Coon Rapids Economic Development Coordinator; and Amir Malik, Civil Rights Attorney discuss the 2020 Census.


Spotlight on Issues - Children 

  • Accepting and Supporting Transgender Issues 
      • 25 minutes; June10, 2019; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Pam Riddle, the mother of a transgender youth, shares what she does to be an ally for her daughter and to advocate for her effectively.
  • Safe Passage for Minnesota Children
      • 43 minutes; May 22, 2015; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN.
      • Guest speaker is Executive Director Rich Gehrman at Safe Passage for Minnesota Children, an organization devoted to improving the Minnesota child welfare system.
  • School Counselor Legislation 
      • 60 minutes; January 27, 2015; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN.
      • State Senator Alice Johnson, State Representative Jerry Newton, Director of Mental Health for Anoka Hennepin School District 11 Nita Kumar, Minnesota School Counselor Association President Jim Bierma, and NAML Executive Director Sue Abderholden discuss the shortage of school counselors in Minnesota.


Spotlight on Issues - Community Safety 

  • Community Conversation: Sex Trafficking 
      • 80 minutes; July 24, 2014; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN.
      • Community conversation about sex trafficking in Anoka County, featuring Anoka County Sheriff James Stewart, Karrie Schaaf of Anoka Hennepin School District and Donna McDonald, Anoka County Violence Prevention Coordinator.

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Spotlight on Issues - Elections and Voting

  • Ballot Security in Minnesota 
      • 64 minutes; October12, 2020; Produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Paul Linnell, Anoka County Elections Manager discusses ballot and elections security in Minnesota. The League of Minnesota Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids Area also presents the 2020 Friend of League Award to Columbia Heights Library and Anoka County Library Rum River and Northtown Branches and the 2020 Zilla Way Award to LWV ABC member Patricia Kennedy.
  • 2020 Election During a Global Pandemic 
      • 59 minutes;  July 27, 2020; Produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon and Anoka County Elections Manager Paul Linnell discuss (via Zoom) vote from home efforts, absentee ballots, safety precautions at polling sites and the need for election judges. 
  • How to Conduct an Election in a Time of a Pandemic
      • 25 minutes; April 29, 2020; Produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • LWV ABC President Gretchen Sabel interviews Senator Michelle Bachman (R, District 31) and Senator Carolyn Laine (D, District 41) about election legislation issues.
  • A Primer on the Presidential Primary
      • 36 minutes; December 10, 2019; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • LWV ABC President Gretchen Sabel interviews Paul Linnell, Anoka County Elections Manager, about what to expect with the Presidential Primary.
  • Ranked Choice Voting 
      • 81 minutes; October 11, 2018; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
  • Redistricting 
      • 72 minutes; March 12, 2018; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Annastacia Belladonna-Carrera, Common Cause Minnesota executive director, speaks about drawing fair district maps when redrawing the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts in response to changes in population.
  • Money in Politics 
      • 47 minutes; February 12, 2018; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      •  Nick Harper, Civic Engagement Manager for League of Women Voters Minnesota, discusses money in politics.
  • Get Ready to Vote 
      • 30 minutes; July 7, 2016; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Citizens give many compelling reasons to vote.  Geri Nelson, LWV ABC Voter Service co-chair, interviews Secretary of State Steve Simon to provide comprehensive information on voting in Minnesota.
  • Caucus: Power Up Your Vote 
      • 32 minutes; February 10, 2016; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Information on the March 1 2016, precinct caucuses is provided by then-LWV Minnesota Executive Director Susan Sheridan Tucker, and representatives from the Republican and Democratic Farmers League (DFL) parties.
  • Campaign Finance Reform 
      • 75 minutes; January 14, 2016; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN.
      • Gary Goldsmith, Minnesota Campaign Finance Board executive director, State Representative Jerry Newton and former State Representative Kathy Tingelstad participate in a panel discussion.
  • The Importance of Staying Restless About Democracy 
      • 68 minutes; October 15, 2015; organized by LWV ABC; produced by QCTC, Andover, MN.
      • Guest speaker is Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. 

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Spotlight on Issues - Environment 

  • Renewable Energy and Sustainability Work: State and Local Efforts
      • 49 minutes; June 8, 2020; produced by QCTV
      • Representative Zack Stephenson of Coon Rapids, is a member of the Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division Committee at the Minnesota House of Representatives and author of the Clean Energy First bill. He discusses energy legislation this year.  LWV ABC members Dee Ann Christensen and Lonni McCauley dicuss the newly-organized Coon Rapids Regenerative Task Force. The purpose of this group is to accelerateregenerative energy solutions through education and action in Coon Rapids. 
  • Recycling in Anoka County 
      • 63 minutes; March 11, 2019; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Maggie Yauk, Planning and Policy Specialist with Anoka County's Recycling & Resource Solutions and Colleen Sinclair, Recycling Coordinator for City of Coon Rapids, discuss current issues with recycling, how cities and the county work together, new programs, funding, composting, and more.
  • Solar Energy by Connexus 
      • 35 minutes; February 11, 2019; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Brian Burandt, Connexus Energy Power Supply and Business vice president, discusses the firm's initiatives on solar energy and battery storage, and provides an overview on the status of using coal for generating electricity.
  • Anoka Country Drinking Water Supply Protection 
      • 63 minutes; February 13, 2017; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN.
      • Jamie Schurbon, Anoka Conservation District water resource specialist, and Tannie Eshnauer, Minnesota Department of Health Drinking Water Protection planning director, speak on drinking water safety issues in Anoka County communities.
  • Minnesota 1989 Groundwater Protection Act 
      • 46 minutes; 2018; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Gretchen Sabel, LWV ABC member, and retired Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Policy Analyst, discusses what the 1989 Minnesota Ground Water Protection Act was meant to do, where there's been success and where more work is needed.
  • Water Resources in the QCTV Area: Updates and Opportunities 
      • 35 minutes; May 9, 2016; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN.
      • Todd Haas, Lower Rum River Water Management Organization chair, explains the purpose of the 16 Minnesota watershed organizations in the seven-county Metro area and issues related particularly with the Lower Rum River watershed.
  • Water Resources: Water Supply and Environmental Integrity 
      • 60 minutes; February 18, 2015; produced by QCTC, Andover, MN.
      • Guest speakers are Lanya Ross, Metropolitan Council geologist and Bart Biernat, Anoka County environmental health specialist.
  • LWV ABC Pollinator Advocacy Project
      • 60 minutes; December 21, 2014; produced by QCTV, Andover, MN.
      • Discussion among the League of Women Voters and industry professionals about how to help the decreasing bee population.



Spotlight on Issues - Health 



Spotlight on Issues - Immigration 



Spotlight on Issues - Local Goverment 

  • Anoka County Library Operations During Quarantine
      • 44 minutes; May 13, 2020; Produced by QCTV, Andover, MN
      • Patti Hetrick, Anoka County Library Interim Director, and Jamie Dunn, Adult Services Librarian, discuss (via Zoom)  Anoka Library operations and services while buildings are closed, including curbside pick-up, parking lot Wi-Fi, increased eBooks purchases, making library databases services available for home viewing, online newspapers, books by mail and daily live online story time.