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All The Single Ladies (Are Getting Politicians Excited)!

"Cold Beer And Titties"
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This is what teen boys in Texas campaigned for at a civics conference. Read More »
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I don’t have much money to donate, so I assume politicians don’t care about me personally. But I guess I forgot about various “voting blocs” and how I’m probably listed on a sheet somewhere as “female,” “middle-class” and maybe “shrieking feminist harpy.” Even though — obviously — all Latinos or veterans or parents don’t vote the same way, politicians and their henchmen know they can reach these groups by appealing to issues that are important to them. And according to The New York Times, the voting bloc du jour, the one that could make a difference in the 2014 midterm elections, are single women. Keep reading »

“Cold Beer And Titties”: Sexism At A Texas Boys Civics Conference

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I guess the good ol’ boys of Texas get started early.

The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake parties, the Federalist Party and the Nationalist Party, and are meant to learn basic civics lessons such as how to run for office and pass legislation. Another conference for young women in Texas, called Girls State, is held separately. Sounds as wholesome and American as apple pie, yes? Keep reading »

George Clooney Just Might Actually Run For Senate

  • Just as Amelia predicted, rumor has it, George Clooney eventually wants to become a United States senator, and may have his sights set on winning the California governor’s office in the meantime. According to US Weekly, he’s close with President Obama, and his romance with Amal Alamuddin is “strategic.” [I knew it! I KNEEEWWWWW ITTTTT. -- Amelia] [Celebitchy]
  • Amy Adams gave up her first-class seat to an American soldier on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles today. Way to be a role model, Amy! [Today]
  • Thirty things you can expect in your 30s. [Dear Wendy]
  • Match.com is teaming up with Mensa to give certified geniuses on the site special “badges” to add to their profiles so they can find and mate with other geniuses. Pretentious much? [The Wire] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Get To Know Amara Enyia, Chicago’s Iron Candidate

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Amara Enyia, Chicago's Iron Candidate

To understand why Amara Enyia is running for mayor of Chicago, you have to understand Chicago a little first: Chicago is one city made up of about 75 neighborhoods, and within those there are neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods reflect the city’s vast diversity: Pilsen is a historically Mexican neighborhood, and is home to the National Museum of Mexican Art and the International Latino Cultural Center; Humboldt Park is historically Puerto Rican; Uptown, Garfield Park, Austin, Kenwood, Pullman, and Bronzeville are just a few of the historic African-American neighborhoods; Albany Park has a huge Korean population; Andersonville is historically Swedish while Lincoln Square is historically German; we have a Polish Corridor, a Ukranian Village, Greektown, Chinatown, Little India, and Little Italy. Lakeview is our GLBT hub, Wicker Park was gentrified 20 years ago and is where musicians, artists, artisans and hipster hang out. Within the metropolitan area, we have one of the largest Jewish populations. Keep reading »

Quotable: Hillary Clinton Talks Possible Presidential Run … And Her “Hair Strategy For 2016″

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“I think [encouragement to become the first female president] reflects a desire on the part of a lot of Americans, not just women, that we have unfinished business. I’m certainly in the camp that says we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics. To have a woman President is something I would love to see happen, but I’ll just have to make my own decision about what I think is right for me.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on the cover of People magazine this week, which methinks is proof enough that she may have made her own decision already. (Also? Her forthcoming memoir is called Hard Choices, which seems like a deliberately tough-sounding title to me.) But of course, then People had to go and ask her about the hard-nosed, pressing matter of her hair: Keep reading »

The Soapbox: My American Dream — A Minimum Wage That Allows Everyone to Prosper

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When I think of the American Dream, I don’t just see images of white picket fences and fathers kissing their children before they leave for work.

I see an African-American mother of two dropping her children off at school and driving to her place of employment with the confidence that she’ll have enough gas to get to work and enough food to cook dinner. I imagine a Latina mother able to save enough money to help her son go to the college of his choice regardless of the rising cost of tuition. I see an America where working 40 hours a week allows women of all backgrounds the opportunity to gain prosperity and success. But how can anyone achieve such a dream on $7.25 an hour? They can’t.

We need to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 to help hardworking families who are struggling to scrape by. In tough economic times, there are few policies that could have as immediate, and as dramatic, of a boost for American workers, particularly for women of color. Keep reading »

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