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Women vote: A new effort to discuss issues should help Democrats


In the in-box this morning:

Who: Arkansas Women Vote

Frustrated by the absence of meaningful political discussion of issues important to women, their families and the elderly, the organizers of Arkansas Women Vote chose the site of the Women’s Emergency Committee to launch their website and ask women to make an emergency commitment to improving Arkansas in the November 2014 election.

A growing number of Arkansas women believe that campaigns should be about ideas, not cliché catch phrases or negative personal assaults.

Voters have a right to know and candidates should be honest about their positions on critical issues. Arkansas Women Vote commits to help ensure that voters, women especially, have some sense of what actions candidates might take once in office.

What: Launch of Website and Announcement of Contract with Arkansas Women Voters

Where: Terry Mansion, site of the first meeting of the Women’s Emergency Committee in September 1958 (Arkansas Decorative Arts Museum) East 7th & Rock St.

When: Tuesday, September 23 at 11:30 a.m.

Contacts are Sherry Walker, a long-time Little Rock political consultant (often on progressive policy causes) and Dorothy Hall of Sheridan, a former Democratic legislative candidate and leader of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas.

I put no words in anyone's mouth by saying my own view: A careful examination of issues typically important to women (medical rights, economic security, health care, domestic violence, paycheck fairness) should favor Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, particularly. The polls suggest information about these issues haven't been reaching women voters as clearly as they should. Just saying.

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