News of Note: Tammy at HRC, McCaskill & Cantwell Get New Opponents

By Karyn Bruggeman on
October 4, 2011


  • Fresh off her inspirational appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner comes another reminder of why we love Tammy Baldwin.
  • Monday, EL Alum Rep. Niki Tsongas announced her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts senate race.
  • Senators Maria Cantwell and Claire McCaskill both got new republican opponents in their races for reelection to the U.S. Senate. State Sen. Michael Baumgartner will oppose Cantwell in Washington State. He is has pledged that he will work to outlaw abortions even in the case of rape.  Republican businessman John Brunner formally announced he's running against McCaskill in Missouri.  According to St. Louis Today:
    "Brunner also enters the race as a potential spoiler to Akin. The two are practically neighbors and could split the vote to Steelman's benefit."
  • Congresswoman Mazie Hironno receives another amazing endorsement. I have a feeling this will not be the last given her outstanding record of achievement representing the people of Hawaii.
  • Joe Walsh, who EMILY’s List has put On Notice, will not face Tammy Duckworth in the upcoming IL-08 election, instead trying his shot at the IL-14.

Women & National Politics


  • Congress isn’t the only place where civility has disappeared. Have you seen some of the tactics by the anti-choice movement lately?
  • Speaking of lack of civility, a landlord in Maryland stood up against harassment from anti-choice protestors.
  • From NPR and Amanda Marcotte, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, even abortions that technically qualify for public funding under the Hyde Amendment are often not reimbursed. The research found that only 37 percent of the 1,165 abortions provided for cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment included in the study were ultimately covered by Medicaid.

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