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.

Kyrsten Sinema

Nancy Pelosi

The look on her face when she clapped at him. Oh, Nancy Pelosi. You give us hope.

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. 

Lauren Underwood

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

Kyrsten Sinema

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

Kyrsten Sinema

Ayanna 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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Kyrsten Sinema

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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Kyrsten Sinema

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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Kyrsten Sinema

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

Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema

Just a heads up, we are talking about winners of the 2018 midterms in no particular order. I went to a website of winners and copied names down in the order I found them there. That being said, Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema won quite a victory. Read more

Stacey Abrams Talent Crush

Stacey Abrams

This week’s Talent Crush was a tough choice. There are over 100 women heading to Congress with a whole lot of firsts among them. We’ll profile as many as we can over the coming months, but I thought it would be great to start with a candidate whose fate is still up in the air. Read more

Judy Chu

I believe that Judge Kavanaugh should be disqualified by his comments on presidential power. Kavanaugh has publicly expressed his belief that the President cannot be criminally charged while in office. Surely Trump was aware of his position when nominating him, which is a conflict of interest as the Supreme Court is almost certain to hear a case involving the Mueller probe.”

If you aren’t from the Los Angeles area, you might not know who Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) is. Unlike another of our local Representative Adam Schiff (who Older Son worked for in both Rep Schiff’s Burbank and DC offices.*) Judy Chu isn’t on the national stage as much. Read more