The 2012 Project, a non-partisan campaign to lure more women into politics, will pay a visit to the state Capitol on Friday.
Georgia is one of 20 states that have no women in their congressional delegations, organizers point out. (Although the race for the “new” 9th Congressional District has Republican Martha Zoller, the Gainesville radio talk show host.)
Yet the South has no copyright when it comes to glass ceilings. From today’s Washington Post:
Friction about the roles of women in the Obama White House grew so intense during the first two years of the president’s tenure that he was forced to take steps to reassure senior women on his staff that he valued their presence and their input.
At a dinner in November 2009, several senior female aides complained directly to the president that men enjoyed greater access to him and often muscled them out of key policy discussions.
Those tensions prompted Obama, urged on by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, to elevate more women into senior White House positions, recognize them more during staff meetings and increase the female presence in the upper ranks of the reelection campaign.
If that weren’t bad enough, Nate Silver of the New York Times reports this morning that female candidates are shorted an average of 2 points in political polls:
The size of the Richards Effect [named for the late Ann Richards, governor of Texas] is larger in states with fewer women in the labor force — which suggests it stems from conservative attitudes about the place of women in politics. This leads to an interesting conclusion.
Although the Bradley Effect assumes that people conceal their true opposition to the black candidate, the Richards Effect appears to work the opposite way: people conceal their true support for the female candidate, especially in areas with culturally conservative views about gender roles.
When talking points get out of hand: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday she can’t back up claims that half of the people wanting work at the Energy Department’s Savannah River Site failed drug tests and half of the remainder couldn’t pass reading and writing tests.
Haley said in an interview with the Associated Press that she’s learned a lesson and is going to be more careful. “I’ve never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you’re given good information,” Haley said. “And now I’m learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., earned more than $500 last year for being an extra in singer Miley Cyrus’ film, “The Last Song” – which was filmed on Tybee Island. So it looks like he intends to stick to his day job.
And somehow we missed the fact that, in last week’s U.S. House vote condemning an increase in the debt-ceiling, Rep. Phil Gingrey pushed the wrong button. From the The Caucus blog of the New York Times:
“I inadvertently voted ‘no’ when I intended to vote ‘yes,’” Mr. Gingrey told the House on Thursday. Mr. Buchanan had an additional request: “Please let the permanent record reflect that I support H.J. Res. 77 and my vote should be recorded as ‘aye.’”
“Vern thought he had voted yes, until he found out otherwise,” said Max Goodman, a spokesman for Mr. Buchanan. Mr. Gingrey’s office did not return a voicemail message.
Unfortunately for both men – who were joined in voting “no” by fellow Republicans David Dreier and Brian Bilbray of California, and Jim Renacci of Ohio – their votes will remain unchanged. Once votes are officially recorded and closed, they cannot be altered.
Finally, if you live in northeast Cobb County, remember to vote today. Five Republicans are vying to fill the state House seat made vacant by the July death of Bobby Franklin.
The candidates are: Roy C. Barnes, John Carson, Don Hill, Robert Lamutt and Geraldine Wade. All are from Marietta.
A runoff, if one is needed, will be held Oct. 18.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider