Talent Crush

There are women who light us up with all that they are and all that they have accomplished. This is where you get to crush out with us.

Gov. Janet Mills

Gov. Janet Mills signed Executive Order 1 on her second day as Governor of Maine, making 70,000 more Mainers eligible for health insurance. The former governor, Paul LePage, refused to expand Medicaid coverage even though the population of Maine voted to expand it during his tenure. Read more

Nancy Pelosi, Part 3

The look on Pelosi’s face when she clapped at him.

To see a woman in a white suit do that in front of the whole wide world…I can’t come up with a reaction that isn’t just swearing interspersed with maniacal laughter.

Thank you, Nancy. You give us hope.

Nancy Pelosi Round Two

Nancy Pelosi Round Two

Millions of Americans start getting their paychecks again. Let’s hope it isn’t too late for the most vulnerable among them.

Lauren Underwood

Rep. Lauren Underwoodis an American nurse and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district as a member of the Democratic Party.” Thank you to wikipedia for that sentence. There are some very good links in there. As the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress, people might think she has a lot of catching up to do. Not so. Underwood  worked in the Obama Administration in 2014 and later worked as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services, back in the days when the Secretary of HHS actually cared about the well-being of their fellow Americans. Read more

Lucy McBath

Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by disgraced HHS Secretary Tom Price and the just generally disgraceful Newt Gingrich. I’ll repeat it. Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by Newt Gingrich. Gingrich held the seat for 20 years and used it to empower Republicans by dividing the country. The seat was also held for 12 years by Tom Price. Remember him? He was Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Let’s let wikipedia tell us how his political story ended: Read more

Nancy Pelosi

This picture.

Ayanna S. Pressley

Ayanna Pressley was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. Ten years later she is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in the state primary, 59 percent to 41 percent, Pressly will represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population. Endorsed by President Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly defeated veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June, Pressley joins a large group of freshmen congresspeople heading to Washington DC this January.

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Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Ilhan Omar, and the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. Thanks to wikipedia for that sentence. I have been writing these political talent crushes for a few weeks now and I realize that politics is incredibly complicated.

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Jacky Rosen

Jacky Rosen will join Senator Catherine Cortez Masto as the second female Senator of Nevada. Senator Masto is both the first woman elected to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate as well as the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Endorsed by retiring Senator Harry Reid, Masto’s victory depended on the overwhelming support of Clark County, home to over 70 percent of Nevada’s population. Jacky Rosen would win in Clark County as well, setting up a divide similar to what was once true in statewide California elections. Republicans carry less populated counties but lose elections because of more densely populated voting for Democrats.

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Ilhan Omar

On November 6, 2018, Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s first Somali-American state representative made history once again: She is now the country’s first Somali-American elected to Congress. Along with Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, she is also the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. State Rep. Omar, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the race to represent the state’s Fifth District, which covers Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, Golden Valley and other suburbs. Read more