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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Moving voters: Women's and children's issues

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 6:38 AM

FOR WOMEN: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross circulated photos from his attendance at the Arkansas Women Vote event yesterday.
  • FOR WOMEN: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross circulated photos from his attendance at the Arkansas Women Vote event yesterday.

Having just expressed my pessimism in the preceding item about Gene Lyons' column on moving voters with facts, I still feel honor bound to mention efforts to do just that.

Yesterday, Arkansas Women Vote began its effort to publicize information about issues important to women. Three women talked about their own stories and how public policy questions can affect domestic violence, access to health care and early childhood education. The group has begun a campaign on social media. Here's its website.

It's a nonpartisan organization, but many of the participants yesterday are Democrats. A spokesman encouraged women to learn where candidates stand on issues before voting. The group will publish such information. Issues and votes will illustrate, I'm confident, that Democratic politicians vote more often in women's interests than Republican politicians. Again, I'm not sure the record matters.


Also yesterday, the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families called in press to urge attention to children's issues. The need for an increase in a minimum wage — money that supports children of the working poor — was among the topics. Hunger and after-school programs also drew attention. The Advocates posted a video summary of the event.




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