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Kay Hagen is Target in Battle for Senate

As the race heats up for the November midterm elections so does the partisan battle for control of the U.S. Senate, with North Carolina as the ground zero in the war of the super PACs.

Incumbent Kay Hagan, a Democrat, is the most visible female target in the war of super PACs in the midterm elections because North Carolina has become a red state with both a Republican governor and state legislature for the first time since reconstruction.

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Super PACs Backing Women in 7 Key Senate Races

As Democrats and Republicans wage an intense fight for control of the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm elections, super PACs are concentrating on 10 races that poll as the most competitive because incumbents are in trouble or long-term senators are retiring.

Among these races, seven involve female candidates, which rewrites the usual script about sex and money.

Historically, the high cost of campaigning has prevented many well-qualified women from seeking higher office. But not this year, at least not in these key U.S. Senate bids.

The first in a series on money, women, and the fight for the Senate.

On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity. 
Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140827/report-urges-uk-parties-fix-women-shortage

On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity.

Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140827/report-urges-uk-parties-fix-women-shortage

On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity.
"Elections are a unique opportunity for parties to make a real improvement in the number of women MPs we have," Eva Neitzert, deputy chief executive of the Fawcett Society, a London-based leading women’s rights group, is quoted as saying in a summary sheet accompanying the report. “We urge the parties to field more women candidates in safe and retirement seats to ensure women are represented equally in their party.”
Read the full story at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140827/report-urges-uk-parties-fix-women-shortage

On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity.

"Elections are a unique opportunity for parties to make a real improvement in the number of women MPs we have," Eva Neitzert, deputy chief executive of the Fawcett Society, a London-based leading women’s rights group, is quoted as saying in a summary sheet accompanying the report. “We urge the parties to field more women candidates in safe and retirement seats to ensure women are represented equally in their party.”

Read the full story at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140827/report-urges-uk-parties-fix-women-shortage

"If you came from the congressional district that I represented—the most Republican in the state—there are a lot of women who are registered Republicans who do believe in women’s right to choose. This gives them an opportunity to cast their vote in a statement of these priorities," said former Congresswoman and Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul, who was also at the rally.
The Women’s Equality Party is meant to allow people from both political parties to support women’s issues without having to cross party lines. 
"If you came from the congressional district that I represented—the most Republican in the state—there are a lot of women who are registered Republicans who do believe in women’s right to choose. This gives them an opportunity to cast their vote in a statement of these priorities," said former Congresswoman and Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul, who was also at the rally.

The Women’s Equality Party is meant to allow people from both political parties to support women’s issues without having to cross party lines. 

"As a black girl I’m way more interested in how theses mothers, grandmothers and sisters think we can achieve justice, rather than hearing from hot-headed politicians. Maybe the solution to the protests, to the anger and to the distrust in Ferguson can be found in bringing together the mothers in the community and giving them the space to problem solve together.

Black women shouldn’t have to fear for the lives of their children daily, but many do. Behind every black male who is targeted, there’s likely a terrified mother who doesn’t know how she can protect her children anymore. The truth is the mothers may be more scared than anyone. But they also might have the answers.”

Kyler Sumter, 17. A senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago and part of Youth Narrating Our World through The OpEd Project.
Legitimately made to shut that whole thing down every time. 

Legitimately made to shut that whole thing down every time. 

In the past, only candidates in hotly contested national races mounted expensive media campaigns. But now TV ads are becoming the norm in gubernatorial races. Four candidates spent $30.6 million in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party primary, state election records indicate.
This trend in heavy spending on TV ads could make it even harder for women to win office. Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/campaign-trail/140714/campaign-ad-spending-rises-obstacle-women

In the past, only candidates in hotly contested national races mounted expensive media campaigns. But now TV ads are becoming the norm in gubernatorial races. Four candidates spent $30.6 million in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party primary, state election records indicate.

This trend in heavy spending on TV ads could make it even harder for women to win office. Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/campaign-trail/140714/campaign-ad-spending-rises-obstacle-women

On June 18 male politicians repeatedly interrupted 35-year-old Ayaka Shiomura, a Tokyo assemblywoman, after she stepped up to the microphone at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and tried to discuss support for women’s issues during a debate on supporting child-rearing women.
"You better hurry up and get married" one male lawmaker shouted. "Can you even have babies?" yelled another, spurring loud laughter and more taunts by other male lawmakers.
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On June 18 male politicians repeatedly interrupted 35-year-old Ayaka ShiomuraTokyo assemblywoman, after she stepped up to the microphone at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and tried to discuss support for women’s issues during a debate on supporting child-rearing women.

"You better hurry up and get married" one male lawmaker shouted. "Can you even have babies?" yelled another, spurring loud laughter and more taunts by other male lawmakers.

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Finances are a tremendous hurdle for female candidates because they cannot fund their own campaigns and often lack contacts in the business community that can jump start their campaigns to introduce the candidates to millions of voters across the states,

Kelly Dittmar, a scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Allyson Schwartz’s loss in the Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary for governor spotlights a trend in heavy spending on TV ads that could make it even harder for women to win office.

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