Republican Joni Ernst could become this state’s first-ever female senator

Only two states have never elected a woman to the Senate, the House or as governor: Iowa and Mississippi. But the close Senate race in Iowa just might change that.

Iowa is a key state in this election, playing a part in determining which party has control of the Senate. Republican Joni Ernst is in a close race with Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley with two weeks until Election Day.

But for Ernst to win, she needs to make up ground with the state’s female voters. | 
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Name: Natalie Tennant

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Race: West Virginia Senate

Challenger: Republican Shelley Moore Capito

Here’s the deal: Tennant – the first Democratic woman secretary of state in West Virginia history – faces Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in a heated fight for Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat, a Democrat retiring after 30 years.

Outspoken progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren championed Tennant at an event this summer.

Tennant was also recently endorsed by The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). If elected, she would make history as first female senator in West Virginia

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/women-candidates-watch-2014-natalie-tennant

Republicans just killed a bill that would have allowed students to refinance their loans at lower interest rates because rich people would have to pay for part of it.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act didn’t even get past a procedural vote, failing 56-38. Warren said the bill was designed to ease the debts of 40 million Americans who collectively hold nearly $1.3 trillion in loans, at a stunning $30,000 per borrower.

Senate Republicans objected to the inclusion of the so-called Buffett Rule to pay for it, which would have raised income tax rates on rich people who obtain most of their income from investments. Raising taxes is a non-starter for the GOP in both the House and Senate. Just three Republicans signed on with the bill.

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Thank G-d there are people like Marco Rubio, who actually speak the truth with regard to the Israel/Palestine Conflict. 

The idea that Israel is responsible for war crimes has got to be a JOKE- especially coming from those who use their own innocent people as human shields in order to gain public attention around the world, and anyone else who supports their inhumane, loathsome and shameless war approach (not to mention their new PR tactic- using graphic images from Syria and Iraq to illustrate “suffering in Gaza by the hands of Israel”).

The Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty modeled after the ADA, would help change that. It would establish a framework for creating legislation and policies in other countries. And it would protect the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities, giving them greater opportunity to work, travel, and lead full and productive lives.
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Opening Doors to People With Disabilities Worldwide

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations just approved the CRPD this morning by a vote of 12-6. Now it goes on to the full Senate for a vote, where it is expected to be voted down by Republicans. If you live in the US, tell your Senators to vote for it!

I didn’t raise my two daughters to think that they were worth 82 cents on the dollar.
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Senator Kay Hagan, NC Senate debate, 10/7/14

Overall, North Carolina women currently make $0.82 for every dollar earned by white men. Senator Hagan thinks women should get equal pay for equal work; Thom Tillis killed a bill at the state level aimed at closing that gap, and last night called her support for equal pay a “campaign gimmick.”

I’ve just had a baby, I’ve just been appointed [to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate], I have a lot to learn, so much on my plate, and this man basically says to me, ‘You’re too fat to be elected statewide.’ At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him … I didn’t hear a word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go fuck himself.

The Borowitz Report: Female G.O.P. Senators Propose Earning Seventy-one Per Cent As Much As Male Colleagues

“After voting down paycheck equity for women across America, the female Republican senators realized that they themselves were ‘burdened by the tyranny of equal pay’ in the U.S. Senate.”

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Specifically, the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014

  • Authorizes an increase of $200 million in the value of U.S. weapons held in Israel, to a total of $1.8 billion. This stockpile is intended for use by U.S. forces in the event of a crisis, but it can also be used by Israel in the event of an emergency with Israel reimbursing the U.S. for any weapons used.
  • Requires the Administration to take steps toward allowing Israel to be included in the top-tier category for license-free exports of certain U.S. technologies and products.
  • Authorizes the President to carry out cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on a range of policy areas including energy, water, homeland security, and alternative fuel technologies. And it requires the President to study the feasibility of expanding U.S.-Israel cooperation on cyber security.
  • Includes new language that encourages the Administration to work with Israel to help the country gain entry into the Visa Waiver Program, which would make it easier for Israeli citizens to travel to the United States without first having to obtain a visa.
  • Requires the Administration to provide more frequent and more detailed assessments on the status of Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors.
  • Strengthens collaboration between the U.S. and Israel on energy development and encourages increased cooperation between the two countries’ academic, business and governmental sectors. 

This bill was introduced on Monday. It aims is to entrench Israel even further as an ally of the United States by providing it with more weapons, more privileges, and more cooperation. This is the reward Israel receives for massacring close to 1400 Palestinians so far. 

Of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate, 78 of them have co-sponsored it, including 46 Democrats (out of 53) and 31 Republicans (out of 45). Among them are so-called progressive heroes Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken. There is a strong consensus in favor of settler-colonialism in the halls of American power.

A rare sight: Congress working a full work-week
  • 4,700 the number of days since January 1, 1978 that both chambers of Congress have been in session at the exact same time, out of 13,000-plus total days. To put that another way, Congress works a little fewer than half of all weekdays on average—and they really like taking Fridays off. source

Gender ratio in US state legislature (state senates and houses), by state, 2014

Data source: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/

Code source: https://github.com/morpionZ/US_gender_in_legislature

Disclaimer: I made these graphs for my own amusement and for learning new plotting methods. Do not consider them a reliable source of information. Refer directly to the data source for more information regarding the data collection method. 

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