Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Post from MsRepresentation -- 14 days before the election!

Mission Possible: Protect Lady Parts
Well that’s strange. It appears that women’s issues are super important to women.

Mission Possible 2: Protect the Country
But that’s not all women care about—we’re also able to wrap our dainty little lady-minds around the economy, jobs, and foreign policy issues, too!

Ain’t No Sunshine with Prop 6
Hey Florida ladies, if the government stripping away every right you have as a woman isn’t your idea of a good time, I’d suggest you vote no on Prop 6.

Whose Senate Is It Anyway?
This much is clear: the fight for Senate control hinges on women this November. No big deal, guys; deciding who has control of the world’s greatest deliberative body is all in a day’s work for a woman. Women will also decide the Presidential election, and since that's pretty much hinging on Ohio, you can consider MsRep’s flight booked!

Recent polls show that the gender gap is large and in charge this year, reaching near-record highs. Pourquoi, you may ask? Um, women are prob not too fond of GOPers saying, “You can’t die from childbirth” and “You can’t get pregnant from rape.” ‘Cause the weird thing is…you can.

Don't Get MsRep Wrong
It totally sucks that there’s such a ginormous gender gap. Women shouldn’t have to choose their party based on who’s telling them how their bodies work; we need women on both sides of the aisle! Which is why we need a heck of a lot more rockstar pro-choice Republicans at all levels. Exhibit A: Kay Hatcher, the Republican State Representative from Illinois who is a big believer in women being in charge of their damn selves.

Decisions, Decisions
North Carolina: You’ve got a pretty tough choice ahead of you. Mandated ultrasounds with a side of abortion bans, or a healthy serving of the right to choose what’s best for your body. Sleep on that one.

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, evidently a devout ToddAkinist, has once again decided that if he says words then they’re obviously true! But oops, it didn’t go over too well: After he claimed that abortions should never be legal since women totally don’t even die during childbirth anyway, a doctor was all “Dude. No.

Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Do Utah women work half as hard as men? Because they’re being paid half as much, with many of states not too far behind. It’s almost as if there needs to be a law to protect against this sort of thing. Oh wait.

Bustin’ Her Chops
Cheri Bustos is gaining some serious momentum in Illinois! It was only last month that she found herself behind in the polls, but is now up by two points. Lock in your vote for Cheri ASAP; early voting started Monday!

Dear Todd Akin
Sometimes, when thoughts pop into our head, we don’t immediately broadcast it to the universe—as our interior monologue is not, in fact, a live C-SPAN ticker. This ability might prove to be particularly helpful to you the next time you want to compare women to dogs.

Kim For the Win
You don’t even have to live in Montana to know that Congressional candidate Kim Gillan is the bees-knees. This article gives props to the neighborhood activist that has now risen to the Democratic leadership of the Montana Senate. And, just to top off the awesome, Planned Parenthood has recently endorsed her.

Don’t Hold Back, Tkacyzk
Assemblyman George Amedore’s refusal to vote for equal pay is “deeply disturbing,” as NY State Senate hopeful Cecilia Tkaczyk has so delicately put it. Boom! Not quite finished tellin’ it like it is, she also said that “as state senator, [she] will stand up to extremists...and ensure that women’s health is no longer a partisan issue, but a basic human right." Well, sign MsRep up for a few of those.

Kicking Ass and Taking Names
New Hampshire hopes to make history this election cycle with its three pro-choice women candidates running for office: gubernatorial nominee Maggie Hassan and House hopefuls Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster. People, we cannot stress this enough: Hassan is the only pro-choice female running for governor. In. The. COUNTRY. She’s also running against this guy, so, yeah. There’s that.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

National Event for NWPC: 2012 EMMAs

Last Thursday, October 4th NWPC was thrilled to present awards to ten outstanding journalists across America at the 25th Annual Exceptional Merit in Media Awards at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City. The ten awards, as well as one President’s award, were presented by actress Ellen Burstyn and EMMAs Emcee, Salon.com Editor-at-Large, Joan Walsh.

The ten awards were given to “Girls Like Us” by Rachel Lloyd, “Afghan Women Tolerate Beating for Cell Phones in Emerging Market” by Simon Clark (Bloomberg News), “How a Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery” Abigail Pesta (The Daily Beast), “Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton” by Cam Simpson (Bloomberg News), “Preexisting Condition: Female” by Jenny Deam (Prevention Magazine), “Dishonorable Conduct” by Jan Goodwin (Good Housekeeping), “In Friendship We Trust” by Sheila Weller (Good Housekeeping), “The Secret That Kills 4 Women a Day” by Liz Brody (Glamour), “Stalking a Silent Killer” by Carole Zimmer (Bloomberg News), and “Necessary Roughness ‘Pilot’” by USA Network. Jennifer Newsom’s documentary “Miss Representation” won the 2012 President’s Award.

“This year’s EMMAs winners’ stories, blogs and books all focus on issues that impact the lives of women,” said Linda Young, NWPC President. “There is something we could all learn from each and every winner’s submission; we were also pleased to see such a broad representation of topics this year.”

For more information on the 2012 EMMAs winners visit: www.nwpc.org/EMMAwinners.
The EMMAs were first awarded in 1985 and created by the 2012 EMMAs Chair and NWPC past-President Irene Natividad. Over the past 24 years, the EMMAs have been presented for outstanding coverage of issues of importance to women, often bringing to light issues that might otherwise be glossed over or omitted.

Thanks to all who attended and helped make the event a success!

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 16 Watch Party

WHAT | Second Presidential Debate Watch Party 
Join us for an exciting debate watch party. This is an informal event. Come watch the second Presidential Debate. Have a drink or appetizer. Stay the entire time or just come for part of the show. All NWPC L.A. Westside members are welcome to join us. No Entry Fee.
WHERE & WHEN | Smith House Tap & Grill on Oct 16
Tuesday Oct. 16 at 6:00 PM
Smith House Tap & Grill
: 10351 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (map below)
Street parking available, as well as valet parking at the restaurant. No host event.
RSVP or Questions? | nwpcla@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Reality Check from SheShouldRun.org

Women are 50% of the population. 
We need a Congress that is actually representative of the people.
Women are watching to make sure that parties and PACs 
do not abandon women candi- dates at a critical moment.
As the election enters its final days, parties and PACs will face some tough choices 
on where to spend their money. It is critical that those choices reflect a commitment 
to increasing the number of women in office.

Slides created by SheShouldRun.org 

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