Please enjoy this digestible overview of important women and politics news - part of WCF's MsRepresentation project for the 2010 elections.
Are politicos overusing the phrase "Year of the Woman?" Is the talk of record-breaking numbers of women running correct? Well, sort of. CAWP reports that a record number of women filed for office this year—a total of 324 between U.S. Senate, House, and Governor. However, only a marginally record-breaking number actually won their primaries:162 this year, compared with 161 in 2004. (163 if you count Sen. Murkowski's write-in campaign in AK). CNN's Kristi Keck pontificates on women candidates versus women voters' enthusiasm.
On last night's much-anticipated Daily Show interview with Barack Obama, the President gave very few plugs for specific candidates, but did give a shout-out to Rep. Betsy Markey, running for re-election in CO-04. We cheered, just a little. (OK, maybe a lot).
Yep, mission complete…or mission never needed, according to KY-03 candidate Todd Lally. Jodi gives Lally the lowdown on gender discrimination.
ElectWomen Magazine reports on Forbes' list of Top 25 most influential women during the midterm cycle. FYI, Mama Grizzly Palin is ranked 1st, First Lady Michelle Obama 2nd, the House Speaker 3rd, followed by California's Meg Whitman and Fiorina. Check out the rest here. But will the #1 most influential woman ask Glenn Beck to take it down a notch, as requested by Media Matters?
Proving Ginni Thomas has nothing on him, Rand Paul supporter Tim Profitt said he thinks he should get an apology from the female protester whose head he stepped on Monday night. (Now women getting involved with politics have to worry about violence?) In a related development, Paul has reversed field, saying that he will not return Profitt's contribution to the campaign. Words fail MsRep.
Unmarried women—the single ladies—are at last starting to engage this cycle, The Hill reports.
During the Women's Conference, the venerable ABC Newsbroadcaster Diane Sawyer sat down with former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and current Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to discuss their experiences on the Supreme Court. Best quote? When asked how many women on the Bench would be the right number, Ginsburg responded, with a smile: "Nine. There've been nine men there for a long time, right? So why not nine women?"
The New York Times'Jim Rutenberg and Megan Thee-Brenan roll out a major article this morningabout a poll that shows certain groups disaffected with—and defecting from—President Barack Obama's 2008 coalition, including women.
Lots of developments in that wacky Alasky Senate race. After a lower court ruled that voters could not see a list of write-in candidates—which includes incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski—the Alaska Supreme Court disagreed, and overruled the decision. This is good news for Murkowski, who is now targeting the Democratic opponent in her ads, as her Tea Party defeater seems to be self-destructing.
Talk about a hardware problem: Heirs to the Hewlett-Packard fortune say California Senate challenger Carly Fiorina will let voters down, "just as she did the employees and shareholders of HP."
In Missouri, Roy Blunt is trying to run out the clock on Robin Carnahan, which means trying appear in public as little as possible and not engage the media. Actually, not a bad idea given how he lost his cool when a reporter dared to ask about Blunt's growing undocumented worker scandal.
Proving that money ain't everything, WCF-endorsed incumbent Democrat Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota has moved into the lead, 45 percent to 42 percent, over her Republican challenger Kristi Noem—despite being outspent by a mile in this key race.
ElectWomen Mag also has a nice profile of grandmother-inspired Ohio Lt. Governor candidate, and Ted Strickland's running mate, Yvette McGee Brown. Oh, and she gives a darn good motivational campaign speech. Take a look:
"Sex, Violence and Exploitation of Women"
No, that's not the title of a new Steven Soderbergh film. It's a line from a Planned Parenthood mailer chastising Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon for profiting on WWE's misogynistic depictionsof women. "Linda McMahon is an out-of-touch millionaire who made her fortune from sex, violence, and exploitation of women," the PPFA flyer reads.
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