News of Note This Week: Berkley, Bonamici and POP Round-Up

By Karyn Bruggeman on
October 28, 2011
  • Not only did EL candidate Shelley Berkley out-raise Dean Heller by a mile in the third fundraising quarter this year in the Nevada Senate race, but the latest polls now show that Shelley is neck-and-neck with her opponent, both polling at 45%. Keep up the momentum!
  • The OR-01 primary is less than two weeks away! Suzanne Bonamici is getting stronger by the day but needs continued support to keep her message out there and contact voters before election day. Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, so ballots have already been sent out and voting is in full swing. To all you Oregonians out there- make sure to send in or return your ballot to the nearest polling location by 8 PM on November 8th! The fight doesn’t stop there, either. If Suzanne makes it through her primary she’ll likely be up against Rob Cornilles, the likely Republican candidate in the general election. Cornilles is already out with his first ad, which is a near duplicate of a prior ad by OR-03 Rep. Earl Blumenauer. The ad captures Cornilles jogging- through the wrong district.
Melina Kennedy campaign video
  • EMILY’s List POP candidate Melina Kennedy is running for Mayor of Indianapolis against standing Mayor Greg Ballard, and while the district leans Democratic the race is in a dead heat, and election day is less than two weeks away. Check out Melina’s website and her latest video to learn why this environmental lawyer and former Deputy Mayor has what it takes to win, and to lead. If Melina wins she would become the city’s first female mayor.
  • Earlier this week Maggie Hassan announced that she is running for Governor of New Hampshire. Hassan served three terms in the New Hampshire state Senate, and two as majority leader. We are excited to see this experienced leader become the first woman to step up and enter the New Hampshire Governor’s race.
  • If you’re not already familiar with her, check out our blog about Lois Capps, our newest endorsed candidate for the U.S. House up for re-election in California. We promise, you’ll like what you see!
  • EL Alum Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04) spoke passionately on the House floor earlier this week about domestic violence awareness month, and urged Americans to promote changes to the way domestic violence is dealt with. Watch here:
  • From the National Journal and POLITICO came two stories that re-enforce just how impressive our candidates fundraising totals have been so far this year, and how central this will be in deciding tough races. Suzanne Bonamici, Tammy Duckworth, Ann McLane Kuster, and Christie Vilsack comprised four of the National Journal’s list of “Top Ten House Fundraising Standouts,” and four more of our candidates: Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Shelley Berkley and Lois Frankel were included as examples in the POLITICO piece under the subheading "Girl Power." Check them out!
  • From Jezebel- a story on how twenty years later the media is ready to dub 2012 another “Year of the Woman” in politics. This comes as no surprise to us- the past year has been one of EMILY’s List’s most successful candidate recruitment years in our history!

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