Re-Election Uncertain for Boxer, Murray, Moseley-Braun
1992, the year of the woman, saw democrats Barbara Boxer, Carol Moseley-Braun, and Patty Murray elected to the Senate. Six years later, all three women are up for re-election and running in very tight races.
The press has been flooded with stories on the Clinton scandal, leaving little room to cover candidates and their issues in this fall's election. "This campaign in many ways is a very surreal campaign. Nobody, or almost nobody, is focusing on the issues. . .so I've got to do it myself," Boxer commented.
Moseley-Braun and Murray will also face difficult races in November. Murray still holds a small margin over conservative Republican opponent, Rep. Linda Smith in Washington state. However, she has had unfavorable job ratings recently, and a fifth of area voters remain undecided.
In Illinois, Mosely-Braun lost 10 points in the latest polls, attributed to negative allegations. Another setback came Sunday when the Chicago Tribune endorsed her Republican opponent, State Sen. Peter Fizgerald.
Boxer continues to run a close race in California against Republican Matt Fong. Currently polls show Fong leading 48 percent to 44 percent with 8 percent left undecided.
Boxer, Murray, and Moseley-Braun need the support of women in order to beat out their popular opponents next month.
As it stands, Republicans need just five more seats to form a stonewall majority in the Senate. The loss of Boxer, Murray, and Moseley-Braun would provide three.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .