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Michelle Kwan Goes From Nagano to Jackie O

Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | April 17, 2014

Here’s what CJP knows:  We will always curse the day that sweet, precious Tara Lipinski stole the gold from Michelle Kwan in Nagano.  We will also curse the day that sweet, precious Sarah Hughes stole the other gold from her in Salt Lake City.

But here’s what we didn’t fully understand before reading Nick McCarvel’s piece about Michelle Kwan in today’s Daily Beast:

In the eight years since she retired from figure skating, Kwan has gotten a masters degree, gotten married, and gotten a job at the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs.  She is also now campaigning alongside her husband, Clay Pell, who is running for governor of Rhode Island, and just might be the state’s next first lady.

In short, Michelle Kwan is still doing everything better than you.

Who are we kidding?  She is still doing everything better than everybody, and that’s why we love her.  See the full story at the Daily Beast.  It’s well worth the read.

 




Why Women Don’t Vote for Other Women

Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | April 8, 2014

Wendy Davis is losing the women’s vote in Texas by eight points at the moment.  In 2010, Meg Whitman lost the women’s vote by a huge margin in the California governor’s race. So did Sen. Blanche Lincoln when she ran for reelection in Arkansas in 2010.

It begs the question:  Why do some women lose the women’s vote?

It often comes down to one reason:  Politics.  If a pro-choice Democrat runs for office, a pro-life Republican is really just not likely to vote for her, and vice versa.  Another reason, according to several women I spoke to for this story, is that female voters often hold a woman candidate to a higher standard, looking at her makeup, her hair, her husband (if she has one), and asking who is taking care of her kids while she’s out campaigning all day and night.   (Ease up ladies, it’s just politics!)

I learned a lot from speaking with women who worked on other women’s campaigns, and thought this pretty much summed up the response when one woman loses the votes of her sisters:

“It was devastating.”

You can read the whole thing at the Daily Beast.




In D.C., It’s Out With Gray, In With the Lady

Topic: Women in Politics | See All | By CJP | April 2, 2014

 

Muriel Bowser- damn lady!

The 41-year old Washington, D.C. city councilwoman won last night’s Democratic primary after being the first to announce she’d challenge the sitting mayor of Washington, Vincent Gray.   Bowser took Gray down with 44% of the vote to Gray’s 32% after nearly all of Gray’s first term was shadowed by ethics charges related to his first run for mayor.  Among other things, Bowser promised voters that she would be a “trustworthy” leader.

A curious profile of Bowser in Wednesday’s Washington Post calls her “driven, talented, bright,” but also implies that she is aloof and prominently quotes a friend saying, “Muriel is not someone I would invite to my card game.”  Um, OK.  CJP is not a big cards-girl, but even if we did want to get a game of gin going, who wants to play cards with the mayor anyway?

Bowser now goes on to face David Catania, an independent city councilman, in the November general election.  If she wins, Bowser would be the city’s second female mayor, following Sharon Pratt Kelly’s term in the ’90s, which was also dogged by ethics charges.




Healthcare Deadline is Today, Sort Of

Topic: Health Care | See All | By CJP | March 31, 2014

It’s March 31st, which means today is the last day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act or face a fine on this year’s tax return.

If you already have health coverage through your college, parents, job, COBRA, spouse or some other source, go about your day.  BUT, if you are currently uninsured, today is the day that the “individual mandate” you’ve heard so much about starts to affect you.

If you are not at least “in line” to enroll for insurance by midnight tonight, you’ll pay either $95 or 1% of your income on your 2014 tax return, whichever is higher.

There are a number of ways to sign up for health insurance, but the easiest is to go through Healthcare.gov  (assuming it doesn’t crash).   You’ll need to have lots of personal financial information handy and should also be prepared for the fact that you’ll be forking over some money, in some cases, a decent amount of money, to get covered.

And that extension the Administration announced at the end of last week?  That just applies to people who at least try to start the process by today.  So go ahead and get in line ladies, or be prepared to pay the tax man next April 15th.

 




Paris Puts a Woman in Charge, Finalement

Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | March 30, 2014

Anne Hidalgo, French Vogue

For a city as chic as Paris, it’s hard to believe that a woman has never officially been in charge of the place.  Until now.

Faites la conaissance, ladies,  of Anne Hidalgo, the deputy mayor of Paris who won tonight’s election to run the City of Lights.   With her victory (over another woman, BTW), Hidalgo now becomes the first female mayor of Paris.

Hidalgo, a Socialist, says she’ll focus on creating affordable housing (good luck with that), modernizing infrastructure, and ensuring that the city leads in sustainability….all without raising taxes.

Here are a few more fun facts:

*  She was born in Spain and immigrated to France with her family as a very young girl;

* Her mother was a dressmaker, so Anne and her sister drew sketches of the clothes they wanted to wear and their mother sewed them;

* She has three children- 11, 25, and 27 and has been deputy mayor of Paris for 13 years;

*  She defined “the Parisian woman” for WWD:  “She is very active. She is very independent. She doesn’t give up on anything.”

*  Time and The Telegraph have more about Madame le Maire HERE and HERE.




Get Ready To Vote: Midterm Election Edition

Topic: Voting | See All | By Patricia Murphy | March 27, 2014

With the sweet scent of election season looming in the air, it’s time to double-check that you’re registered to vote in the upcoming primary and general elections.  How do you do that?  Ladies, you KNOW we’ve got you covered.

Just head over to our 50-state voter registration guide* with all the facts, dates and details you prep for the midterm elections.

As a wise women said yesterday on C-SPAN, “If you’re not at the table, you’re probably on the menu.”  So pull up a chair, ladies, and get ready to vote.

*Sources:  Federal Election Commission, National Association of Secretaries of State, each state’s elections officials.




It’s Primary Day, Illinois Janes

Topic: Voting | See All | By Patricia Murphy | March 18, 2014

young_woman_voting.gifLadies of the Land of Lincoln, it’s primary day in Illinois!  That means it’s time for you to put on your snow boots, confirm your voter registration HERE, look up the address for your polling station HERE, and then go exercise your right to pick your leaders.  On today’s ballot will be candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and a host of other statewide and local offices.  Check out the list of everyone running HERE.

Because Illinois has a hybrid of an open and closed primary system, you can request a Democratic ballot, a Republican ballot, or a nonpartisan ballot, and then choose the candidates you want to see run in November.

Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm.  Now go make your voices heard.




Get Ready to Vote- Primary Edition

Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | February 19, 2014

Are You Ready to Vote?

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!