Please enjoy this digestible overview of important women and politics news - part of WCF's MsRepresentation project for the 2010 elections.
PPP's latest survey shows WCF-endorsed Senate candidate Elaine Marshall within single digits of Richard Burr (48% to 40%), a surge of six points in just a week due largely to having shored up her support with the Democratic base (up to 73% from 65% in previous poll.)
The CNN 100 list of key House races—divided into 'most vulnerable' and 'worth watching'—includes seven WCF-Endorsed most vulnerable incumbents: Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-01; Gabrielle Giffords, AZ-08; Suzanne Kosmas, FL-24; Betsy Markey, CO-04; Debbie Halvorson, IL-11; Dina Titus, NV-03; Carol Shea-Porter, NH-01; and Mary Jo Kilroy, OH-15. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-At Large) and Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) made the "to watch" list.
Rep. Betsy Markey (CO-04) came out swinging in what is expected to be the only debate between her and Republican challenger Cory Gardner. Meanwhile, Gardner completely whiffed in a recent TV ad in which he criticizes Markey for a vote actually cast by Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey.
The commentary hasn't stopped since the barrage of schoolyard-like gender insults from multiple candidates and campaigns, from Man Pants to Witch to Cojones. In WaPo, Ruth Marcus gives her advice on avoiding gender-based bashing; and Kathleen Parker says, "sisterhood means letting women be just as dumb—and mean—as men."
Ok, nobody is the next Hillary Clinton, but the woman who took her old Senate seat has emerged as a national player. Vogue has a great profile of Kirsten Gillibrand.
Writing for the Women's Media Center, feminist organizer Shelby Knox says yes. But only because if elected, O'Donnell would do serious damage against women's rights - not, as Jill Miller Zimon, points out, because of her knowledge of the Constitution.
Women's eNews reports on the women running for Congress this year who have young children at home.
McClatchy's Fred Smist reviews Ron Peters and Cindy Rosenthal's new book about Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, another headline-grabbing tea party favorite, is suddenly attracting unwanted headlines courtesy of disgruntled Palmetto State conservatives. "The Republican nominee for governor is corrupt," says one GOP fundraiser.
Barbara Mikulski, the first women ever elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right, waxes philosophically in Esquire about the state of Congress and the role of women in it. Best quote: "I was one of the original congresswomen who came in during the seventies. We were a little band of sisters, viewed as novelties and novices. Now we're viewed as powerhouses."
You may want to sit down first before reading this: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, Ginny, has literally called upon Anita Hill to apologize for "why she did what she did" to her husband.
If she wins in New Hampshire, Senate Republicans have big plans for Kelly Ayotte: Put her on leadership track immediately. CQ reports.
In Michigan, candidate for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson releases a TV ad; in Tennessee, the two (male) candidates for governor debate women's issues in a final appeal to female voters; and in Texas, Lt. Governor candidate Linda Chavez-Thompson exhorts voters with a fantastic take on the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster, saying "Vamos Tejas!"
That's today's Brief. Thanks for reading! Since last time, Jodi analyzed Robin Carnahan's surge in the polls for Senate in MO; and Jill put her Man Pants on to lay down the rules for gender-neutral political punching.
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