Monthly Archives: May 2018


Stacey Abrams made history Tuesday night by being the nation's first black woman nominated for governor by a major political party. She also upended Georgia's conventional wisdom about minority candidates.
If there was a conception that African-Americans will have trouble winning primaries in areas without many minorities, Abrams shattered it; she won everywhere and by huge margins.

In fact, out of Georgia's 159 counties, she won all but 6 of them, besting rival Stacey Evans in many white enclaves across the state.

The word Abortion banned?

Subject: Tell HHS: Reject the abortion gag rule!


The Trump administration wants to BAN the word abortion from the doctor’s office. Yes, you read that right.

For clinics and hospitals that accept dollars from the Title X program–the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care–doctors, nurses, and other health care providers would be banned from providing, counseling on, or referring any patient for an abortion. Even if it was needed to protect a woman’s health or save her life.

The Trump administration has backed off harmful rule changes before, such as allowing employers to steal workers’ tips–and it is accepting comments on the new proposal. If we generate fast, widespread outrage, we can force the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to back down. Can you join me?



Texas school shooting

The gunfight between police and the school shooter at Santa Fe High School last week lasted for almost a half hour. That’s led to questions about whether any of the 10 people killed were hit by officers’ bullets in the crossfire. Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said he doesn’t believe that happened, though we’ll have to wait for the autopsy results to be sure. Meanwhile, the school district announced that teachers and staff will return to the school tomorrow, with students back in classes early next week. And here’s a sobering statistic: Since 2009, the US has had 57 times more school shootings than the other major industrialized nations combined,


Courtesy of Democratic Women’s Caucus

Monday Morning News – May 14, 2018
DWC Wins Big in the Primary Election!
WHAT A WEEK! In a groundbreaking primary season with more women running both locally and nationally than ever before, women candidates in Monroe County emerged victorious. Even more gratifying, in every primary race where the DWC had an endorsed candidate, our candidate won! What a spectacular showing, due entirely to the strength and quality of the candidates, their incredibly hard work, and the depth and persistence of their support crews. Give a rouse to the following fabulous women who will now move on to the fall elections!

Penny Githens: State Rep, District 60

Amy Swain: State Rep, District 62

Christine Talley-Haseman: Judge (Seat 2)

Catherine Stafford: Judge (Seat 3)

Darcie Fawcett: Judge (Seat 8)

Nicole Brown: County Clerk

Lee Jones: County Commissioner

Shelli Yoder: County Council

Kate Wiltz: County Council

Pam Cook: Bean Blossom Township Trustee

Michelle Bright: Benton Township Trustee

Beverly Himes: Indiana Creek Township Trustee

Rosemary Doherty: Indiana Creek Township Board

In addition, Erika Oliphant, a supported candidate, won her race for Monroe County Prosecutor. That was a hard fought contest with another DWC supported candidate, Margie Rice, coming in second. We knew there could only be one winner and we applaud Erika and Margie for their joint demonstration of grace and sisterhood in dealing with the result.

We’d also like to thank Clerk Nicole Browne and her staff in the Monroe County Clerk’s office and Election Central for running such a smooth and efficient election. They worked tirelessly to make this happen without a glitch. In addition, Carolyn VandeWiele, election board representative, spent many hours each week leading up to the election and through May 8th ensuring the primaries would be a success. Kudos to both of you and our gratitude for your sacrifices.

The DWC steering committee (really Regina Moore–thank you, Regina!) organized a lunch break for endorsed and supported candidates and other DWC members on election day, and a lunch after the primaries on Friday at Grazie’s to talk about the results and lessons learned. Both events were a welcome diversion from the high pace and stress of the last few weeks, and the lunch on Friday especially was a chance for all of us to celebrate the successes, thank families, friends and supporters, and get energized for the fall elections. Remember, folks, it’s not over yet. We have to win in November, too, or these will have been nothing but practice runs. There’s nothing wrong with learning from an election loss, but let’s be honest, not one of us is in this business to lose. So let’s put our campaign duds on and lift our candidates to victory in the fall!

First they marched, now they are runnning!

More Women Than Ever Are Running for Congress in 2018

More Women Than Ever Are Running for Congress in 2018
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Inspired women are aiming to fill the U.S. Capitol.

A record-number of women are running for positions in the U.S. House of Representatives this year, according to estimates from the Associated Press Thursday. Most of these women are Democrats inspired to run after President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election — a win that not only defeated Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major party, but also influenced hundreds of thousands of women to march on the streets of Washington, D.C. the day after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 — and again this year. Republican women, too, make up a portion of this record-breaking number of new female politicians, the AP reported.

This growing number of women running for office, detailed on a broader scale outside of just the House earlier this year in a TIME cover story, comes as the filing deadline for candidates running in states around the country draws near. As of Thursday, 309 women have filed papers to run for seats in the House, which, along with the rest of Congress, is predominately filled with men.

Male candidates still outnumber female ones in House races this year, the AP reported, and women will still have to win the seats to make a substantial impact in the House.

In the time since Trump was elected, women have snatched several wins in elections on the local, state and national level around the country. Danica Roe became the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly when she won the general election on Nov. 7, 2017, and Vi Lyles became Charlotte’s first-ever African-American, female mayor.

Female candidates are also setting records in a number of other political realms. As the AP noted, 40 women are running for gubernatorial races around the country — up from a record 34 candidates in 1994. In Texas, too, a record-number of women are running for office — including in races for congressional seats or local seats.

And the number of women running for office will just keep growing amid a Republican-controlled congressional and executive branch, Stephanie Shriock — the president of Emily’s List, a political action committee aimed at electing pro-choice, Democratic women — said in an interview with Fortune a year ago.

“[T]hese thousands of women are fighting to ensure their voices are heard at decision-making tables in communities across the country,” she told Fortune, adding, “This is only the beginning.”

A big thank you to Teresa Jenkins — again


GOP requirement: Time behind bars


Scott Rasmussen’s recent editorial column addressed how Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy sent to prison for conspiring to violate mine safety standards after an explosion killed 29 men in 2015, had a “real shot at winning the Republican Senate nomination.”

Yet the bigger story is that we have copious felons on the 2018 ballot and the GOP created them all.

Joe Arpaio, running for U.S. Senate in Arizona, was convicted of criminal contempt for defying a court order. Former Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in 2014 and is attempting to reclaim his seat. Rep. Greg Gianfort, running for re-election in Montana, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter. Remember Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women including a teen? He received 91 percent of the votes of self-identified Republicans in an Alabama Senate race.

All of these men were made possible by a GOP leadership who condones a nativist, lying, racist and sexist president accused by nearly 20 women of sexual misconduct. Add dark money championed by the Republican Party and their propaganda tool “Fox & Friends” to the mix, and we have a political cataclysm that will not disappear when Donald Trump leaves office.

Something is not right when a major political party allows candidates with criminal convictions and others with a long history of misogynistic attacks to be viable candidates for political office. The November elections become more important each day.

Teresa Jenkins

Punta Gorda