Monthly Archive: January 2013

Proposed Missouri Bills Give Tax Credits to “Pregnancy Resource Centers” 0

Proposed Missouri Bills Give Tax Credits to “Pregnancy Resource Centers”

UPDATE: The Missouri House Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities will hold a hearing on HB 87 today at 12 noon in Hearing Room 1 at the state Capitol. Late last night, SB 20 was perfected and ordered to be printed by the Senate. by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Missouri Monday Monitor, January 28, 2013 This week public hearings in the House and the Senate took place to reinstate tax credits.  Both bills, SB 20 and HB 87, would allow for pregnancy resource centers to continue benefiting from tax credits. At the hearing for HB 87, Pamela Sumners, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri,...

Violence Against Women Act:  Senate Vote Next Week! 0

Violence Against Women Act: Senate Vote Next Week!

UPDATE:  VAWA MOVING AT LIGHTENING SPEED!  WE APPLAUD!!! by Jennifer Bendary, Huffington Post – WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote early next week to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, senior Democratic aides told The Huffington Post on Monday, January 28, 2013. The Senate has been moving with lightning speed to get VAWA up and out the door. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced their bill last Tuesday and, a day later, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he was expediting it to the floor and bypassing the committee process.Leahy’s bill is similar to what...

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced 0

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been reintroduced in Congress after House Republicans blocked its renewal at the end of 2012. The new bill (S. 47), sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont,  includes the protections for Native American and LGBT women that were contentious in the House, but not the U-visa measure that increases the number of visas available to victims of domestic abuse and ultimately caused last year’s legislation to fail. Also included is the SAFER Act, which was also passed by the Senate in 2012, a provision that provides resources to test backlogged rape kits and create a...

Becoming a winning candidate! 0

Becoming a winning candidate!

There is SO much to a campaign: raising money, making  calls, relating to constituents, endorsements, going to events and even kissing babies. Long story short, campaigns are difficult and require a lot of commitment. But, recently, The Barbara Lee Foundation did a little bit of research of what makes a “winning” candidate. But, not ONLY a “winning” candidate, but  a “winning” women candidate!  Pitch Perfect: Winning Strategies for Women Candidates research:  Voters continue to have high standards for what they consider a “qualified” woman candidate.  Confidence is critical. Women candidates for major statewide office must come across as confident, qualified, and competent...

Civil rights figure Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar, to give invocation at inauguration 0

Civil rights figure Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar, to give invocation at inauguration

by Adelle M. Banks, Washington Post Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will be the first laywoman to give an invocation at a presidential inauguration when she prays at President Obama’s swearing-in on Monday.Evers-Williams, 79, an author, activist and former NAACP chairman, is a scholar at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She talked with Religion News Service about the confluence of the second-term inauguration of the nation’s first African American president, the 50th anniversary of her husband’s death in June 1963, and the swearing-in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Q: What was your reaction when...

Obama’s New Cabinet Picks Not Pleasing Women 0

Obama’s New Cabinet Picks Not Pleasing Women

SPECIAL EDITORIAL COMMENT: Since women make up 51% of the United States population, you would think there would be more women involved in the political process to represent the large amounts of women in this country, right? WRONG. Although us women are making some sort of progress (at least in Congress, anyways) by having women make up 19% of Congress, we haven’t made FULL progress. Plus, President Obama’s new picks for his cabinet and advisers is not making headway among women. Obama’s first cabinet and advisers in his first term was made up of minority races, women and people belonging to the...