News from NOW
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on Huffington Post: "The right-wing commitment to keeping women in check is surprisingly strong and reveals a frightening disrespect, even contempt for women who aren't sufficiently submissive. Turning the clock back includes shaming women for their sexuality and punishing them for terminating a pregnancy..."
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on The Huffington Post: "Despite President Obama's accommodating move last week, conservative leaders are hurtling along in their attempt to restrict birth control. They've gained a righteous head of steam so quickly they don't seem to care that they're about to careen off the tracks."
NOW/PAC-endorsed candidate Suzanne Bonamici (D) soundly defeated Tea Party favorite Rob Cornilles (R) in Tuesday's special election in Oregon's 1st Congressional District. Bonamici, a strong supporter of NOW's issues, will be the first woman in recent years to be part of Oregon's congressional delegation.
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes on The Huffington Post: "As the president of NOW, I hear from a lot of women (and men). Many of them are outraged right now, and they're asking the same question: Can this be real -- is the White House actually caving in to the radical right on birth control?"
NOW/PAC has added the following candidates to its endorsement list for the 2012 elections: Shelley Berkley (Nev.), Lois Frankel (Fla.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.) and Dina Titus (Nev.).
NOW/PAC is pleased to endorse Democrat Susan Bysiewicz in her bid for U.S. Senate. Bysiewicz is one of four Democrats vying for the seat of retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. She could face Linda McMahon (R) in the general, who ran a close senate race in 2010 and is considering another run in 2012.
After serving as the representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district since 1999, Tammy Baldwin launched her bid for the state's open Senate seat with NOW/PAC's endorsement. Baldwin faces competition in the primary, and a number of Republicans have entered the race to battle for the seat, left open by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D).
Suzanne Bonamici (D) is running a special election, following the resignation of Rep. David Wu. The primary is this Nov. 8 quickly followed by a general election on Jan. 31, 2012. Oregon has had no women in their congressional delegation in recent years making Bonamici's candidacy especially important for women's rights supporters.
The National Organization for Women Political Action Committee is proud to announce our endorsement of Rep. Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate. Baldwin launched her bid this week to become the next Democratic senator from Wisconsin, filling the seat of the retiring Sen. Herb Kohl.
NOW/PAC-endorsed candidate Janice Hahn (D) emphatically defeated Tea Party darling Craig Huey (R) in a run-off election in California's 36th District on Tuesday, July 12. The run-off followed a May 17 special election primary for the seat vacated by retiring Rep. Jane Harman (D).
As if right on cue, the 'Give us your cash, B--ch!' video popped up this week to prove that sexism and racism are alive and kicking this election season.
The Senate wisely rejected a destructive House-passed budget which would have slashed $4.3 trillion from critical social programs, while rewarding $4.2 trillion in tax cuts to the very wealthy. The Ryan budget represented conservative lawmakers' continuing war on women and their families.
In a New York special election Tuesday, May 24, NOW/PAC-endorsed candidate Kathy Hochul (D) decisively won the open House seat in the state's traditionally Republican 26th District.
NOW President Terry O'Neill writes for CNN.com: "It was poignant to learn today of Geraldine Ferraro's passing just as the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee was meeting to discuss the upcoming 2012 election cycle."
NOW commends the Democratic members of the House of Representatives for electing Nancy Pelosi as their next minority leader. Having proven herself a strong and effective speaker of the House, we expect Pelosi to continue serving the interests of women as minority leader.