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2014 ELECTION WINNERS

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

BETTY YEE
Executive Branch
State Controller
FIONA MA
Executive Branch
Board of Equalization Dist. 2

KAMALA HARRIS
Re-Elected
Attorney General

STATE SENATE

CONNIE LEYVA
State Senate
District 20, Ontario
HOLLY MITCHELL
Re-Elected
District 30, Los Angeles

STATE ASSEMBLY

JACQUI IRWIN
State Assembly
District 44, Ventura County
AUTUMN BURKE
State Assembly
District 62, Inglewood
SUSAN EGGMAN
Re-Elected
District 13, Stockton

SUSAN BONILLA
Re-Elected
District 14, Concord

NORA CAMPOS
Re-Elected
District 27, San Jose

CRISTINA GARCIA
Re-Elected
District 58, Downey

TONI ATKINS
Re-Elected
District 78, Coastal San Diego

DR. SHIRLEY WEBER
Re-Elected
District 79, East San Diego

LORENA GONZALEZ
Re-Elected
District 80, South San Diego

2016 STATE SENATE CANDIDATE

NANCY SKINNER
State Senate Candidate
District 9, Oakland

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Sacramento Bee Article “”White men hold most California offices”

The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol bureau reporter Jeremy B. White wrote an article for the Capitol Alert blog quoting CALIFORNIALIST Founder and President Bettina Duval, “As the number of women in the state Legislature declines, it’s only a matter of time before we lose positions of power and representation at the national level.”

You can read the full article here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article3407704.html

Imagine

Imagine what it would be like if just 10 women were serving in our state assembly? Now imagine our 23 woman Congressional delegation shrinking to a mere 10 because there is no pipeline of women to elect to higher office.

Unfortunately, those images could soon be a reality if the number of elected women in our state legislature continues to decline.

November 4, 2014 is our opportunity to envision a brighter future by electing more women to serve in Sacramento because electing women matters.

Women running for the legislature rarely get noticed beyond their respective districts, despite their pivotal roles in advancing pro-choice and gender equity policies, and in the budgetary actions necessary to implement these policies. But their presence in our legislature is extremely important. And our legislature is our farm team for higher offices here in California or Washington, D.C.

It is a fact that the number of women in our legislature is shrinking.
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Now Is The Time To Elect More Women

A few weeks ago I traveled with the Center for Democracy in the Americas to Cuba on a fact finding trip to learn about current events in Cuba with a special focus on women and the challenges they face. As Cuba addresses its complex and immense economic issues facing their country, women are part of the dialogue.

In Cuba, the statistics tell compelling stories in several areas on gender equality. There are 612 Members of Cuba’s National Assembly, and 299 of them (48.8%) are women. Women also chair four of the body’s ten committees. Sitting in a room with all the women who serve in the Cuban Assembly was profoundly moving. When I listened to the women outline their priorities, it became clear that having women in power does matter.

US envoy on the status of women meets with Cuban legislators

US envoy on the status of women meets with Cuban legislators

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CALIFORNIA LIST Endorsement of Sandra Fluke Makes News

Today the candidate announced that she picked up the endorsement of CALIFORNIA LIST, a political network to elect Democratic women in California.

See more at: http://www.wehonews.com/z/wehonews/fluke-wehoan-gaining-momentum-after-primary

One Race, One Day

It’s been a busy race schedule! Last weekend my daughter was competing in the NCAA rowing championship for UC Berkeley and she won the gold medal in the Women’s 4! Her hard work paid off just as many of the CALIFORNIALIST candidates won their races Tuesday. Assembly candidate Jacqui Irwin not only won her primary, but her daughter won a NCAA silver medal in the 2V rowing for Princeton! Whether rowing for a national championship, or running for political office, it all comes down to one race, one day.

There is work to be done in the next five months and we can’t take anything for granted if we want to see Democratic women serving in our state legislature. This primary election was an important one for the future of women representatives in California. We continue to face a declining number of elected women, and so supporting those who have advanced to the general election on November 4 is vital to our mission.
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Off to the Races

My daughter rows on the CAL crew team, and this weekend is the NCAA National Competition in Indianapolis, Go Bears!

Being chosen for such an elite team is quite an accomplishment considering last year at this time she just had hip surgery. It’s been a long, difficult journey, and I am of course very proud of her, her teammates, coaches and everyone who has supported them along the way.

Like rowing, running for political office is a team sport. And for California political candidates, next week is a critical step in their championship journey to political office.

Tuesday, June 3, Californians will head to the polls for the primary election.

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Meet the 2014 Candidates

You would think that a woman’s right to birth control would be safe.  With the pending Supreme Court decision on birth control, this case shows that our rights as women are never safe. The best way to protect our rights is to elect pro-choice Democratic women!

Since 2010 when the GOP took full control of 25 legislatures and 29 governor’s offices, Republicans have advanced a right-wing agenda in those states and taken aim at women and minorities. In state after state, they have used their majorities and control to challenge federal legislative authority, to severely limit women’s access to reproductive care, to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act and to suppress voter turnout with new laws designed to harass and intimidate voters.

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