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Women in the News

Select Fridays at 12:00 PM EST, we host a webinar through Zoom and Facebook Live.

Women in the News: April 2, 2021
The 2021 session of the General Assembly adjourned early Thursday morning after a 14-hour day which Patricia Murphy in the AJC’s Jolt described as a scramble to “pass what they must, kill what they could and leave the rest to another day.” The State Senate adjourned just after midnight and about 20 minutes into Thursday, the House followed.

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Women in the News: March 26, 2021
Reflections on Senate Bill 202, the final form for a variety of voter suppression measures which passed Thursday and was then quickly signed by Governor Brian Kemp.
At the same time, Rep. Park Cannon was arrested and charged with two felony offenses after knocking on the door of the Governor’s office as he signed the bill. She was released five hours later about 11pm.

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Women in the News: March 12, 2021
Today’s Women in the News features a live panel discussion about what happens next with the two bills which have passed in the House and Senate. Our guests include WIN List endorsed Senator Jen Jordan, Georgia ACLU Executive Director Andrea Young, Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Poy Winichakul and former DPG voter Protection Officer and former DPG Voter Protection Officer Sara Tindall Ghazal, a 2020 WIN List endorsed candidate.

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Women in the News: March 10, 2021
Today’s special edition of Women In the News features an edited version of speeches delivered Monday afternoon by our WINning Women as they spoke against SB 241, the Senate version of an omnibus voter suppression bill which passed 29 to 20 after three and a half hours of debate.

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Women in the News - March 5, 2021
Today, during our Women In the News program, we have the pleasure of presenting videos of the speeches eight of our endorsed WINning women delivered Monday when they argued against passage of the House bill. We believe you will agree these SHEROs for Democracy delivered persuasive arguments, but regrettably to an audience with its mind made up. The House bill passed along strict party lines 97 to 72.

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Women in the News: February 26, 2021
Today’s Women in the News features a pre-recorded interview with Michael Li, senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law.
Li is one of the nation’s leading experts on redistricting, voting rights and elections. The New York Times calls his blog “indispensable.” All major national news outlets have featured interviews with him.

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Women in the News: Medicaid Expansion
Today’s Women In the News will feature a panel discussion about Medicaid Expansion with four fabulous WINning Women:
-Laura Colbert has been Executive Director of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future since 2017.
-Senator Tonya Anderson serves SD 43, which includes portions of DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties. She has been in the Senate since 2016.
-Representative Kim Schofield was best known for her healthcare advocacy before she was elected to represent HD 60 in 2018.
-Representative Mary Frances Williams brings three decades of advocacy to her work for HD 37, a Cobb County district she FLIPped in 2018.

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Women in the News: February 12, 2021
Today’s program will feature a Session Spotlight with four fabulous WINning Women discussing a variety of issues currently under consideration at the General Assembly. Our Friday guests include:
-HD 57 Rep. Stacey Evans is an attorney and former chair of the WIN List board who was re-elected to the House in 2020 after having served in the House for seven years.
-SD 40 Sally Harrell’s 2018 victory FLIPped Dunwoody for the first time in decades and her current Senate service builds on three previous terms of House service almost two decades ago.
-HD 107 Rep. Shelly Hutchinson is a mental health professional who founded the Social Empowerment Center, a mental health and social services agency with 60 professionals serving 11 counties.
-HD 105 Donna McLeod is a chemical engineer whose 2018 victory for a Gwinnett House seat followed a 2016 loss. She became the inspiration for other “Nevertheless we persist” candidates who won in 2020.

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Women in the News: February 5
This week’s Women in the News segment will discuss the COVID Pandemic in Georgia and the state’s response. We’re joined by five women uniquely positioned to give valuable perspective: Dr. Amber Schmidtke, Rep. Dr. Rebecca Mitchell, Rep. Shelly Hutchinson, Julie Wade, Rep. CaMia Hopson.

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Women in the News - January 29, 2021
This week, republicans promoted their proposed changes to election laws with language about “election integrity,” but the underlying message to voters who registered and turned out for the first time in 2020 is clear: “We don’t like how you voted and we will do everything in our power to keep you from voting again.”
We’re joined by SD 9 Senator Nikki Merritt, who FLIPped her Gwinnett seat in 2020, HD 89 Rep. Bee Nguyen, former Rep. and now Gwinnett Democratic Party Chair Brenda Lopez, the former Democratic Party Voter Protection Officer Sara Tindall Ghazal and in her first appearance before a WIN List audience, The Carter Center’s new CEO Paige Alexander.

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Women in the News: January 22, 2021
Women In the News is a new Georgia WIN List presentation examining Georgia news events through the eyes and perspective of our endorsed WINning Women and progressive allies.
Today, we will be joined by Senators Elena Parent and the Rev. Kim Jackson, as well as Representatives Mary Margaret Oliver and Dr. Jasmine Clark to discuss the state budget.

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Women in the News: January 15, 2021
In this busy news week as attention focused on impeachment and pre-inaugural headlines, it was easy to overlook the ways our WIN List endorsed women were in the news. No worries. We have you covered.
Following Thursday’s “State of the State” speech, Senate Minority Leader Senator Gloria Butler delivered the Democratic response to the governor’s budget proposals. Next week, House and Senate Appropriations Committee members will hear from state department heads about the budget proposals and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Senators Senator Jen Jordan and State Senator Elena Parent took Republican colleagues to task for their promotion of election fraud conspiracy theories and newly elected Representative Dr. Rebecca for Georgia House District 106 gave colleagues a brief tutorial on the highly transmissible new variant of the COVID virus.

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Women in the News: January 8, 2021
On Monday morning, 10 new WIN List endorsed women will take oaths of office to serve in the Georgia General Assembly.
They join 10 women who FLIPped seats in 2017-18 and protected those seats against Republican efforts to reclaim them this year. Other longer-serving incumbent women fought off challengers as well and Monday we will have 45 WIN List endorsed women serving in the General Assembly.
On this week’s Women in the News, we were able to talk to seven of our newly elected women to hear about how they have prepared for their service and the issues they hope to champion.

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Wednesday Webinars

Every Wednesday at 12:00 PM EST, we host a webinar through Zoom and Facebook Live. 

BLUE Wave: The Strategic Importance of FLIPs: October 28, 2020
We’ll be discussing the Strategic Importance of FLIPs! Sen. Sally Harrell, Rep. Elect Stacey Evans, Sen. Steve Henson, and Rep. Bob Trammell will be joining us.

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BLUE Wave: Getting Out the Vote Efforts!: October 21, 2020

Join us on Wednesday, 10/21 at NOON for another WIN List Wednesday Webinar. This time, we will be focusing on Getting Out the Vote efforts and early voting in Georgia.

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BLUE Wave: Trending Issues and Early Voting Information: October 14, 2020

Early voting began on October 12. What issues are motivating voters to register and request mail-in ballots in record-setting numbers?

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Virtual Campaign Rally: October 1, 2020
Our Virtual Campaign Rally features brief video “cameos” from most of the 41 WIN List endorsed women with contested races on the November Ballot.
The rally also features noted local actresses reading from notable public statements by Sojourner Truth, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Hillary Clinton, Dolores Huerta, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
 

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Coming Out for LGBTQ Issues: September 30, 2020

While there will not be an Atlanta PRIDE parade this October, this Webinar will focus on discussing LGBTQ issues in Georgia.

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Criminal Justice Reform Priorities for Georgia: September 23, 2020

We will be discussing criminal justice reform in Georgia and the priorities of our four panelists, all candidates up for election in November.

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Immigration in Georgia: September 16, 2020

Our panel will discuss the various immigration issues including Dreamers and how Georgia’s agricultural economy depends in part on immigration issues. We will also discuss for-profit prisons and the South Georgia ICE facility which is said to be one of the nation’s top three worst.

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Smart State Strategies For Small Business: September 9, 2020

What are current state policies to encourage small business start-ups and what can be done to improve them and help businesses deal with the impact of the COVID pandemic?

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Improving Georgia's Maternal Mortality Rate: September 2, 2020

Georgia has amongst the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation. For years, the GOP ignored the problem – UNTIL several GOP women had close calls for the 2018 election cycle. What will it take for real solutions? Not just committee hearings which give the problem “lip service.”

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Democratic Voices in Rural & Red Georgia: August 26, 2020

We will discuss the inequities for rural areas such as broadband or healthcare. How do Democrats make themselves heard when they feel greatly out-numbered. What strategies are their campaigns using to target new and disenfranchised voters?

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Lights, Camera, Action! Georgia’s Film Industry: August 19, 2020

The Georgia Film Industry and its economic impact. How did COVID slow things down? Is the industry gearing back up? Have state tax credits been a wise investment? Did calls for a ban after HB 481 slow Georgia productions down?

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100 Years Later – The Struggle Continues: August 12, 2020

The 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Where do women stand now? What is the work which still must be done for political representation and economic equality?

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Protecting Clean Air and Pure Water: August 5, 2020
We will discuss the Sterigenics facility in Smyrna and its history for violations of state emissions standards and the potential dangers for coal ash infiltration into the water supply, including the tons stored beside the Chattahoochee River.

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School in the Time of COVID: July 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a great deal of stress and confusion for parents and teachers across the state. Even for systems who have announced the school term will begin virtually, there is still anxiety about how long this will last. Our candidates who are moms weigh in on the factors which should influence decisions moving forward.

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Runoff Races to Watch: July 22, 2020

This webinar discusses the upcoming August 11th primary as early voting has begun and many voters have received absentee ballots. Specifically, we discuss the campaigns of three WIN List endorsed women in runoff races and what to do if you have not received your requested absentee ballot. It is also discussed how boards of voter registration are preparing for record setting voter participation in November.

This weeks guests include WINing women Nikki Merritt, Lisa Campbell, Michelle Henson, and special guest Saira Draper, who was the formal civil rights attorney that oversaw and maintained integrity in state elections.

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Trending Topics Along the Georgia Coast: July 15, 2020
This webinar discusses the increasing COVID cases in coastal Georgia counties, the tragic killing of Ahmaud Arbery and how it has spurred activism along the coast, and environmental concerns, including the now delayed removal of the Golden Ray, the auto carrier which capsized in September and remains off the coast near Brunswick.
This week’s guests include WINning Women Rep. Debbie Buckner, Anne Allen Westbrook, and Julie Jordan as well as special guest Megan Desrosiers, who is the CEO of One Hundred Miles.

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The Return of Session: July 8, 2020
This webinar discusses the budget, Hate Crimes Bill, and other events in the last two weeks of June as legislators re-convened to complete the 2020 session. A budget which greatly reduced education and public health spending passed without considering other ways to increase revenues. The Hate crimes bill passed, but other legislative measures were left on the table and some measures passed with serious legal flaws.
We will be joined by WINing women including: Senators Jen Jordan and Tonya Anderson, as well as Representatives Beth Moore and Jasmine Clark.

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Interview with Molly Ball: July 1, 2020

In this webinar, WIN List Executive Director Melita Easters interviews Molly Ball about her biography of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Moving Beyond Meltdown- Election Solutions: June 17, 2020

This webinar discusses election solutions and how to move forward from Georgia’s election meltdown last week. This weeks guests include WINing women Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Sara Tindall Ghazal, Rep. Bee Nguyen and special guest Andrea Young, the executive director of ACLU of Georgia.

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WINning Results and Runoff Races: June 10, 2020

This webinar discusses the results of last nights election from the 2020 primary along with Georgia’s incompetent voting system that still includes voter suppression. This weeks guests include WinList Chair Laura Register, Rep. Bob Trammell, and WINing women Stacey Evans and Anne Allen Westbrook.

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A Georgia Budget to Reflect Voter Values: June 3, 2020

This weeks webinar addresses the recent protests after the injustices of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many more. This webinar also discusses the challenges of settling Georgia’s budget amidst COVID-19. This weeks guests include WINing women Rep. Shelly Hutchinson, Sen. Pam Dickerson, Sen. Gail Davenport, Sen. Nan Grogan Orrock, and special guest Jennifer Owens, who is the senior vice president at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

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GOTV: Getting Out The Democratic Votes!: May 27, 2020

This webinar discusses absentee ballots and voting amidst a global pandemic, emphasizing that every vote counts. This weeks guests include Sen. Nikema Williams, Rep. Michele Henson, Rep. CaMia Hopson, and special guest, Saira Draper, former civil rights attorney who oversees and maintains the integrity of state election systems.

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Why Georgia Should Expand Medicaid: May 20, 2020

This webinar discusses why Georgia should expand medicare with WINing women Rep. Dr. Jasmine Clark, Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Rep. Bee Nguyen, Rep. Mary Robichaux, and special guest Liz Ernst, who is Georgia Director of “Protect our Care”.

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Is Gun Safety Legislation Possible in Georgia?: May 13, 2020

WINning Women Panelists:

Sen. Elena Parent, SD 42
Rep. Angelika Kausche, HD 50
Anne Allen Westbrook, Candidate for HD 163
Yasmine Neal, Candidate for HD 74

With Special Guest Bianca Keaton Gwinnett Democratic Party Chair

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Connecting with Suburban Women: May 6, 2020

WINning Women Panelists:

Nikki Merritt, Candidate for SD 9
Sen. Sally Harrell, SD 40
Sen. Gail Davenport, SD 44
Kelly Rose, Candidate for SD 17

With Special Guest Bianca Keaton Gwinnett Democratic Party Chair

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Reproductive Freedom a 2020 Priority: April 29, 2020

This week we discussed “Reproductive Freedom a 2020 Priority” with #WINning women Rev. Kim Jackson, Matielyn Jones, Lisa Campbell, and Stacey Evans. We also welcomed guest panelist Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU.

Rev. Kim Jackson, Candidate for SD 41

Matielyn Jones, Candidate for SD 45

Lisa Campbell, Candidate for HD 35

Stacey Evans, Candidate for HD 57

With Special Guest Andrea Young of the ACLU

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Campaigning in a Socially Distanced World: April 22, 2020

WINning Women Panelists:

Rep. Becky Evans

Rep. Dar’Shun Kendrick

Rep. Teri Anulewicz

With Special Guest Cayana Mackey

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Albany's COVID-19 Crisis: April 15, 2020

WINning Women Panelists:

Rep. CaMia Hopson

Candidate Joyce Barlow

With Special Guest Charlie Hayslett

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Primary Voting in a Pandemic: April 8, 2020

WINning Women Panelists:

  • Dr. Michelle Au, SD 48 candidate and anesthesiologist
  • Sara Tindall Ghazal, HD 45 candidate, former Democratic Party of Georgia voter protection attorney
  • Dr. Rebecca Mitchell, HD 106 candidate and epidemiologist
  • Sen. Nikema Williams, Senator for SD 39 and Chair, Democratic Party of Georgia

With Special Guest

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