Tag Archives: women

As white working women voters go, so goes Maine’s Second Congressional district?

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If Trump loses Maine’s Second Congressional District, the key bloc will be white women without college degrees. Maine and national politics watchers have wondered if Donald Trump can win this district and force a split in Maine’s electoral votes. Trump has come to the district and plans on another visit. Bernie Sanders recently visited Bangor […]

Film Clinton showed at victory party included Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith

Presidential candidate Margaret Chase Smith arrives at Cow Palace in San Francisco for the National Republican Convention. 
Maine Memory Network. Picture contributed by the Margaret Chase Smith Library

On the evening of the last big set of Tuesday primaries, when Clinton won the the majority of delegates awarded by voters and caucus goers, a Maine Republican made a brief appearance. Hillary Clinton marked the historic nature of her candidacy as the first woman to be the presumptive nominee of a major political party. […]

One waitress and the coming pitched battle for women’s votes

When candidates speak and elected officials craft policies, they should remember Judy, a waitress and housekeeper who played a bit role in a Washington, D.C., drama. In September 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to the Senate floor to rail against the Affordable Care Act. Republicans later shut down the federal government, although Cruz did […]

Quick action on Fluke post was the right move, but GOP still faces challenges with women

From "How Women Changed the Outcome of the Election," Center for American Progress, December 12, 2012

Last week BDN blogger Mike Tipping broke the news that the Maine Republican Party’s Facebook page had an obnoxious post on Sandra Fluke, which was followed by a series of nasty comments about her. Fluke became a public figure after she was attacked by Rush Limbaugh for her testimony in favor of including birth control […]

Walmart Moms and what Obama’s family signals

In several focus groups with undecided women who shop at Walmart at least once a month, conducted in Virginia and Nevada, Obama’s family served as a signal that he understood their lives. More women discussed the first daughters more than some of President Barack Obama’s most pronounced policy initiatives aimed at female voters (no mention […]

There’s no evidence whatsoever that Angus King has a “woman problem.” Why does AP say he does?

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See important update below The Associated Press is out with an article about candidate Angus King in which it claims he has a “woman problem.” Here’s how the article starts: Independent Senate candidate Angus King of Maine has a woman problem. He’s not one.The popular former governor is the undisputed front-runner in the campaign to […]

Dissing women won’t win their votes

In my column, “What do women want?,” posted below, I concluded: [I]f Republicans want to erase the decades-long gender gap, they could start by respecting women as active thinkers and then pay attention to how women’s lives are connected to their political wants. Will that happen? There’s some evidence they won’t. 1. Herman Cain says […]