Politics

4:24pm

Tue May 6, 2014
She Votes

From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 11:54 am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., asks a question of a witness on Capitol Hill during a June 2013 committee hearing. Since her appointment in 2009, Gillibrand has become one of the Senate's top fundraisers.
Susan Walsh AP

Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But here's the curious thing: When it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning — fundraising — women do just as well as men.

Study after study shows this, but it wasn't always that way. Efforts over the past 30 years to teach women how to raise money and give money have helped them catch up to men as powerhouse fundraisers.

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3:54pm

Tue May 6, 2014
Around the Nation

Abortion Opponents Find Winning Strategy In Ohio

In Ohio, four of the state's 14 abortion clinics have shut down over the past year, with three more in legal peril.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

The old abortion rights slogan — "safe, legal and rare" — has been turned on its head.

By imposing greater safety requirements on clinics, abortion opponents have succeeded in putting many of them out of business.

The goal of this strategy is not to ban abortion — "there are things that are banned that occur every day," says Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life — but to end it.

"Abortion is legal, so you must have incremental legislation to save as many babies as we can," Gonidakis.

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3:03pm

Tue May 6, 2014
Code Switch

As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:04 pm

An Arkansas voter enters an early-voting polling place on May 5.
Danny Johnston AP

Three states are holding primaries Tuesday, and voters might understandably be confused over what kind of identification they need to show at the polls.

In Indiana, it has to be a government-issued photo ID. In Ohio, you can get by with a utility bill. In North Carolina, you won't need a photo ID until 2016. But that law, along with ID laws in many other states, faces an uncertain future.

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10:51am

Tue May 6, 2014
Law

Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:38 pm

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7:39am

Tue May 6, 2014
It's All Politics

This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:55 pm

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, shown during a recent debate with her GOP primary opponents, is attempting to become the first female Republican to win her party's nomination to run for U.S. Senate in the Hawkeye State.
Charlie Neibergall AP

In its 168 years, Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress or picked one as its governor.

For many residents who pride themselves on a progressive civil rights history that predates statehood, that political reality has become an exasperating distinction shared with only one other state — Mississippi.

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