Tag Archives: women

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?


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 […]

Short hits: Affordable Care Act jurisprudence and Swing state gender gaps

An argument about cost-shifting between the states demonstrates the interstate costs of health care and would have helped make a dandy constitutional argument. Jeffrey Rosen, the legal affairs editor of The New Republic argues “when it comes to providing insurance guarantees for the uninsured, any state would be worse off if it tried to solve […]