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From the very engaged, ever-active, nonpartisan The 2012 Project:

Women currently hold 73 House seats and 17 Senate seats and make up 17 percent of the US Congress. In this election, there are a record 163 women nominees for House and 18 for Senate. The 2012 Project’s campaign to hit “20 Percent in 2012″ requires women to hit 87 House seats and 20 Senate seats after Election Day.

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If you are into fantasy football, this might be for you. It is not as easy as it looks. You might also check out Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight for an assist. Not sure if I’ll give it a try – need sometime to brew over it. What does your gut say – can we break the record?

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 6:55 am October 26th, 2012 in Congress, Gender, Politics, Women | Comments Off 

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Love this story in today’s Plain Dealer about how SB5 has led to a record number of teachers or former teachers running for the Ohio statehouse. An excerpt:

Fourteen teachers and former teachers – including two incumbents – are running as Democrats for seats in the Ohio House, and two for seats in the Senate. Some cite SB5 — passed by the Republican-dominated legislature — as their main motivator, and others the drastic cuts in education funding. But all of them agree that the legislature could use more people passionate about education.

I particularly love that some of these races are very likely to result in loss for the educators but rather than just get mad, they’re working to get elected.

Just this morning I opined with a group that it’s great for people to get organized and try to influence electeds. But wouldn’t it be even better to have electeds who didn’t need the mountain of persuading that often times comes to naught despite its critical mass and critical message in order to be the kind of public servants that, you know, serve the public, publicly?

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:40 am October 25th, 2012 in Elections, Ohio | Comments Off 

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Totally.  H/t Kari Bowie Hertel. Awesome awesome status updateFrom the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Rogers.

Now I get it

Life was so much simpler when I called Connecticut my homestate

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:24 am October 24th, 2012 in Ohio, WH2012, White House 2012 | Comments Off