Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | February 19, 2014
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It’s hard to believe, but the first wave of mid-term primary elections is nearly upon us and some registration deadlines have even passed already. (Sorry Illinois, Janes!) But it’s not too late for the rest of you to get ready to vote.
The first step is figuring out when your state’s primary is, then when you need to be registered to vote, and finally who and what you’ll be voting on. Since primaries will roll state-by-state from March through September, we’ve got the tools for you to conduct a little DIY research while we finish building the definitive CJP election map.
Until that’s ready, go HERE for a handy chart from the National Conference of State Legislators for your primary date, HERE to see if you are registered to vote (courtesy of the National Association of Secretaries of State), and then click through to your own state HERE for registration deadlines and details.
Happy registration, Janes!
Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | January 8, 2014
If it’s cold outside and you’ve slept off New Year’s Eve, it can only mean one thing– that state legislatures across the country are going back into session.
This year, nearly a quarter of the people swearing an oath to some state constitution will be women.
For the next two months, 1,785 women will be voting on making pot legal, carrying guns into church, and giving the Transportation Department more money for salt trucks– the stuff of life, ladies.
The optimist (and CJP is an optimist) would say that 24.2% of legislatures being women is an all time high. Snaps. The pessimist might have a different take, since the percentage of women elected to state houses has basically flat-lined since 2000.
No matter how you digest the numbers, remember these other fun facts from the National Conference of State Legislatures:
* Vermont and Colorado have the highest percentage of women serving at 41%;
* South Carolina and Louisiana have the lowest percentage, at 12% (?!?!);
* Six states have a female Speaker of the House, while nine have a woman leading the state Senate;
* The state-level numbers outpace Congress, where 20% of the Senate is female, and just 17% of the House is.
For more great research and an entire, awesome map, color-coded by female representation, head over to NCLR.
Topic: Women in Politics | See All | By Patricia Murphy | December 18, 2013
If the name is new to you, it won’t be for long. Love was a breakout star of the GOP’s 2012 recruiting class when she made a run for Utah’s newly created Fourth District, but she lost to incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson. And what did she do after she lost? She decided to run again.
Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon when Rep. Matheson announced that he’s retiring at the end of this term, and Love is suddenly the favorite to win the congressional seat in 2014. If she does win, the boundlessly energetic mother of three will also become the first African American woman to be elected to Congress as a Republican.
Nearly everything else about Love reveals her to be one-of-a-kind. She’s the Mormon of Saratoga Springs, the Utah boomtown that claims a AAA bond rating, and is also a take-no-prisoners fitness instructor in her spare time. The pro-life gun owner wowed the GOP faithful at the Republican National Convention last summer and has continued to impress party big wigs with her aggressive fundraising. Those who know this daughter of Haitian immigrants say she’s even more than the sum of her parts, calling her “tenacious,” “dynamic,” and “a superstar.”
But if all goes according to plan, everyone else will just be calling her Congresswoman Love.
Topic: CJP | See All | By CJP | December 18, 2013
CJP joined the lovely Alex Wagner on Tuesday to discuss the federal budget, NSA wire tapping, and of so many more issues of import. Sampler below.
Topic: Health Care | See All | By CJP | December 3, 2013
Janes, the early diagnosis on the Affordable Care Act is in, and it ain’t pretty. The web site sort of stinks. People haven’t been able to sign up for insurance. Even when they did sign up, they may not have actually signed up the way they thought they did.
But in all of the mess that the ACA has become, it’s crucial to remember why it is so important to figure something out about getting more and better health care options to women.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation:
* 19% of women have no health insurance at all;
* Where you live makes a big difference in whether you’re covered. Just 9% of women in Vermont are uninsured, while 30% of women in Texas have no health insurance;
* Of the women who are insured, more than a third have benefits through their spouse’s employment. That means women are more vulnerable to losing their own health insurance because of divorce or after their spouse’s death or job loss;
* A big piece of the ACA debate surrounds Medicaid, the benefits program for low-income Americans. Keep in mind that women make up **two-thirds** of the adult Medicaid population;
* Finally, the least likely women to be insured are young women, so if you think the ACA debate does not affect you and your friends, think again.
Topic: We digress | See All | By Patricia Murphy | November 11, 2013
Six weeks ago, Good Morning America’s Amy Robach got a mammogram on-air to publicize the need for women to get tested for breast cancer at 40. Thinking nothing would come of it, she went to a follow-up appointment alone and got the news that she does indeed has breast cancer. Watch her difficult story below and, if you, your mother, sisters, or friends are at high risk or approaching 40, call your doctor to schedule your first mammogram today.
Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | November 6, 2013
It’s the day after Election Day and up and down the East Coast, male and female candidates are realizing that they just lost their elections because they lost the women’s vote. D’oh! It’s too late for them to re-run their campaigns with more of a focus on the ladies, but let’s see how women voted yesterday…
* Women made up 51% of the vote.
* Terry McAuliffe won the overall vote 48% to 45.5% over Ken Cuccinelli, thanks to McAuliffe’s 9-point win among women voters.
* The key piece of the women’s vote in Virginia was their marital status. Although Cuccinelli won the married women by 9 points, unmarried gals went for Mackers by 42 points, a huge margin that is actually the same as Barack Obama’s 42-point advantage over John McCain with single women in 2008.
IN NEW JERSEY:
* Women were 54% of the vote.
* Sexy beast Chris Christie won their vote by 15 points (57% to 42%) over his female opponent, Barbara Buon0, reminding us all that a majority of women don’t always vote democratic and they also don’t always vote for another woman.
*The key to Christie’s win among women seems to have been Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath, when Christie’s approval among women shot from 47% to 66%. A great piece from the Business Insider tracks Christie’s rise in the aftermath of the superstorm, when women’s perceptions the governor transformed from seeing him as a loudmouth to seeing him as a leader.
* A point of weakness for the governor, however, were minority women. African American women gave Christie a dismal 18% to Buono’s 80%, while Latinas went for Buono 53% to 44%.
* Also, if Christie runs for president, he needs to hope that Hillary Clinton has something else to do that day. The exit poll shows he would lose New Jersey to HRC 48% to 44%.
Those are our top lines from Tuesday, but feel free to dig into the NJ and VA exit polls HERE.
Topic: Women in Politics | See All | By CJP | October 15, 2013
There’s the old line that says, “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
We would add a quick addendum- “If you have a government shutdown and a debt default on the way, and you have 433 male members of Congress doing almost nothing but talking about it and blaming each other, hope to God that the female senators have something up their sleeves.”
As the New York Times notes this morning, the women in the Senate are indeed leading the way on a potential compromise to re-open the federal government while also pushing the debt ceiling deadline back at least long enough to let a budget conference committee to do its work and talk about long-term plans to bring down the national debt.
The lady leading the charge is Sen. Susan Collins from Maine, who was watching C-Span over the weekend and eventually got fed up with the fact that almost nothing was being done to bridge the divide between Ds and Rs. Collins brought in two fellow Republicans, Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Ayotte, and they went to two top Democrats, Patty Murray and Barbara Mikulski. The two Dems didn’t love the Republicans’ plan, but made some changes to it that would get more Ds on board. The plan has been batted down by the White House for now, but Collins says she thinks it at least broke the logjam of silence that had settled over talks over the weekend.
Reaching across the aisle these days and hurt any senator’s fortunes back home, Murkowski told the Times, “Politics be damned.” To which CJP says, “PREACH Lisa!”
Read the whole Times story HERE.