Please enjoy this digestible overview of important women and politics news - part of WCF's MsRepresentation project for the 2010 elections.
Ah, yes, that would be her opponent, Paul Gosar. His reason for canceling their one scheduled debate? It’s too far of a drive. Funny, WCF staff member Bonnie drove from Prescott to Phoenix the other day—it was only two hours away. And turns out, he chose to attend a fundraiser instead.
Despite late support from the political establishment, North Carolina Senate candidate Elaine Marshall’s fundraising efforts outpaced Burr’s in the last quarter. Yet again showing the power of a strong grassroots candidate.
New GOP polling shows Sen. Boxer and Carly Fiorina tied at 44 percent for the California Senate seat. Meanwhile, Bob Drogin of the LA Times profiles Boxer as one of the nation’s most formidable politicians. (Let’s hope so - she’s also one of the biggest advocates for women’s rights in Congress).
The WCF staff is hard at work and making a difference for our women candidates across the country: We’re calling voters, talking to donors, recruiting volunteers, staffing candidates, and posting web content. Just yesterday, Bridget made 369 calls and Lauren knocked on 40 doors by herself! Her lesson learned? The face-to-face interaction of canvassing is powerful. Also, comfortable shoes are a must.
The WaPo’s Ann Kornblut’s Post reports on the two parties’ attempts to make last-minute appeals to female voters.
Big Think’s John Cookson discusses new study showing that because they have to work harder to get elected in the first place the caliber of women who make it to state and national legislature is superior. Politico has more. Best quote courtesy of Hartwick College political scientist Laurel Elder: "Though women have similar success rates in primaries and elections as men, they might have to work harder to get those same results."
More proof that tea party candidates are too extreme? Former RNC Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. has endorsed Democrat Sen. Harry Reid over Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate in Nevada.
Take a few deep breaths before reading this. The share of women in new Afghan parliament—almost 28 percent—is more than half again as high as here in the land of the free and the home of old boys network.
In GA gov’s race, Roy Barnes criticizes his opponent for stances on domestic violence and related issues; in NH, NARAL and Planned Parenthood blast gubernatorial candidate John Stephen for his views on reproductive choice; in WA-8, Suzan DelBene criticizes opponent Dave Reichert for not supporting equal pay legislation, and he ducks debating her.
Thanks for reading today’s Brief! Make sure to read Jill’s post on how women can be more than just Mama Grizzlies or Emasculators, and Jodi’s coverage of Fiorina’s anti-choice lies about Sen. Boxer.
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