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US: When women same rights as men, how will we know? TX voter ID law may disenfranchise 1/3 female voters.

Next year may be an good year for female governors. | AP Photos

More women governors expected after 2014 Politico Thirty-six states will hold gubernatorial elections next year, and Democrats have top female recruits in at least five states who are poised to be their party’s nominee and competitive in the general election. Coupled with the four female governors who are running for reelection — three Republicans and one Democrat — observers say 2014 could see gains for women as states’ top executives.

“This is a year of opportunity at the gubernatorial level,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. “I think that there has been increasingly more and more attention paid to the issue of women in politics … there is some real potential here for growth.”

Texas voter ID law may disenfranchise a third of female voters Salon Texas’ new voter ID law, set to go into effect on Nov. 5, requires individuals to provide a photo ID featuring their legally recognized name in order to vote. It’s well-documented that such laws disproportionately disenfranchise low-income voters, people of color, students and the elderly, but married women and transgender people (some of whom are married women) are also among those likely to be impacted by the new law.

According to recent data, 34 percent of voting-age women do not have a document that currently reflects their current legal name. Among transgender women and men, the number is 41 percent. That is a lot of people who no longer meet the current requirements, and who may be hard-pressed to get a valid ID in time for the November election.

GOP loses more young, minority and female voters after shutdown Washington Times …Emerging from the 2012 elections, the Republican Party’s formal postmortem concluded it needed to do a better job reaching women, minorities and young voters. A year later, they are failing on each of those scores — and the government shutdown set them back even more.

Polling after the 16-day shutdown, which ended last week in a near-complete victory for President Obama, showed the party polling poorly among all three key groups the party said it wanted to reach.

Indeed, majorities of women, younger generation and non-white voters now say it’s a bad thing that the Republican Party controls the House.

Voices of Conservative Women expands to Wisconsin Voices of Conservative Women, the three-year-old organization that advocates for fiscally conservative women candidates in Minnesota, has its first affiliate organization, Voices PAC Wisconsin.  Like Voices in Minnesota, the Wisconsin group works to elect conservative women candidates based on pocketbook issues, with no focus on social issues.

Close the Utah gap between women and men Suindependent Utah desperately needs women to represent women. We are in trouble here. Utah has been ranked one of the lowest states in pay equity for women for the last …

More women, better Congress? Washington Post (blog) The refrain that women are better at compromise, negotiation and even legislating was everywhere in the wake of the Senate deal to avert government …

When women have same rights as men, how will we know? Livemint It is a great idea by Hillary Clinton to measure progress in women empowerment movement and to use the Beijing conference as a landmark. Photo: Reuters.

Fighting it out for the women’s vote San Antonio Express “The women I’ve encountered are angry,” she said. “They feel that they’re not being listened to.” Conservative women, she said, have expressed “astonishment …

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