Feminist Candidates Win Key Victories in Primaries
Feminist candidates won key victories in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries this week. In Indiana, Jill Long Thompson won the tight gubernatorial Democratic primary against Jim Schellinger. Thompson is a 3 term former congresswoman for Indiana’s 4th District, and was a US Under-Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001. She will face Republican incumbent Governor Mitch Daniels in a race which is touted as a toss-up.
In North Carolina, Bev Perdue won the gubernatorial Democratic primary with 56.1% of the vote against two male candidates. Perdue is currently serving as Lt. Governor of North Carolina. Prior to her election as Lt. Governor, Perdue served in the North Carolina House of Representatives for two terms and the North Carolina Senate for five terms. She will face Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) in the general election.
Kay Hagen won the Democratic primary for the US Senate race in North Carolina, collecting 60.2% of the vote. Hagen served five terms as a member of the North Carolina State Senate. This race is considered to be in the top 10 most competitive Senate races for the 2008 election. She will face conservative Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole.
Media Resources: Associated Press 5/7/08; Feminist Majority Foundation
7/23/2014 Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches - Women's rights organizations, medical groups, and religious leaders joined several activists yesterday at a rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol to launch a campaign against a new personhood initiative on the state's November ballot.
The No on 67 campaign opposes Amendment 67, otherwise known as the Brady Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the definition of "person" and "child" in the Colorado Criminal Code and Wrongful Death act to include "unborn human beings." A similar initiative was on the ballot in 2008 and 2010, but it was defeated both times by a wide margin.
If passed, the amendment would have extreme repercussions, banning abortion in all cases, emergency contraception and birth control, and possibly in-vitro fertilization. . . .