Yesterday Tammy Duckworth won the Democratic Congressional primary in the Illinois 8th district. Duckworth defeated Raja Krishnamoorthi with 67 percent of the vote and will now face freshman Republican Representative Joe Walsh in November.
Duckworth, who lost both of her legs during a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq, stated, "We are on our way to take on Joe Walsh. I'm only here today because of my buddies in Iraq, and now every day I strive to be worthy of their effort...Tea Party members like Joe Walsh are breaking a promise to the American people. They want to pull the rug out from under seniors so they can protect tax cuts for wealthy Americans."
Duckworth lost a bid for the 6th Congressional district in 2006 by 29 percent. She was subsequently appointed by President Obama to the Associate for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs as the US Deputy of Veterans Affairs.
Duckworth's campaign in the Illinois primary was backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), and David Axelrod, as well as large unions.
Media Resources: Chicago Tribune 3/21/12; Chicago Sun Times 3/20/12
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .