November 26, 2019
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Thanksgiving is here and we'd like to take a moment to talk about some of the things we're thankful for right now. We're thankful for all the women who take a chance and run for office, and we're also grateful for all the women serving in political office around the country: you're keeping our research team the best kind of busy, as you can see in our data collections on women officeholders and candidates. We're thankful for women officeholders participating in our Teach a Girl to Lead® classroom reading project for showing the next generation what leadership looks like. We're thankful for all the women who are getting involved in politics or deepening their political engagement or are working to support women candidates, and we're especially thankful to those women who are participating in our  Ready to Run®  and NEW Leadership® programs. We're also thankful to our Ready to Run® and NEW Leadership® partner organizations who do the important work of advancing women's political leadership in their states all around the country. We're thankful for CAWP's hardworking and passionate staff who bring our mission to life, and we're eternally thankful to all of our donors and supporters, without whom nothing we do, from our data collection to our educational programs, would be possible. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Applications for next year's Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey class are officially open! NEW Leadership® is a week-long residential program for undergraduates that educates them about women's participation in politics and helps the students hone their own public leadership skills. The program will be held from June 11-16 of next year at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus. All students at New Jersey two-year higher education institutions and rising juniors and seniors at four-year institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Speaking of young women's political engagement, our friend Christina Wolbrecht and her colleague David Campbell write in  The Washington Post  about their recent research into young people's attitudes about politics and their finding that a "role model effect" for young women during the 2018 elections, particularly in places where a woman was running for office. 
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Results from Louisiana
The final phase of the state elections in Louisiana were held recently and the state will have a new record number of women serving in its state legislature. In the overall legislature, 26 (11D, 15R) women will serve, with 6 (3D, 3R) serving in the state's Senate and 20 (8D, 12R) serving in the state's House. This election will increase the total number of women serving in its legislature by four, and bests the state's previous record for women's representation by one. This previous record was first set in 2005 and last matched twelve years ago in 2007.

First 2020 Filing Deadlines Pass
The 2019 elections are barely over but we're already passing filing deadlines for 2020 candidates. In Alabama, 6 (4D, 3R) women have filed to run for U.S. House seats and 1 (1R) woman has filed for a Senate race, while 3 (1D, 2R) women have filed to run for the state's Public Service Commission. In Arkansas, meanwhile, 2 (2D) women have filed to run in U.S. House races. Find filing deadlines in your state, as well as a list of filed and potential candidates for U.S. Congress and statewide executive offices, at our 2020 candidates page .
New Jersey Sets New Record for Women in its Legislature! Briefly!
Aura Dunn, a former district director for Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, has been tapped by the District 25 Republican Committee convention to fill the Assembly seat of Anthony M. Bucco for the remainder of the term, ending on January 14th. With Dunn joining the Assembly, the total number of women serving in the New Jersey legislature is now 38, just topping the record for women's representation first set in 2014. Dunn's presence in the Assembly also increases the number of women in that chamber to 28, which matches the current record, set in 2009.

News from the Trail
Kelly Dittmar is interviewed in a pair of stories about the presidential race. For NPR , Dittmar spoke with Danielle Kurtzleben for a story about women as political donors in the Democratic primary. Dittmar also spoke to The Washington Post recently about the likelihood that the Democratic presidential ticket in 2020 will have at least one woman on it: "This time, on the Democratic side, people are saying it can't possibly be an all-male ticket. It's the first time in history that people are saying it's the all-male ticket that's not viable." Also in The Washington Post , in an article about the current state of the special election to fill the late Elijah Cummings's seat, the discussion turns to the candidacy of his widow, policy consultant Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and cites CAWP data on widow successions throughout history. Whether Rockeymoore Cummings will join this list, which includes historical luminaries like Margaret Chase Smith, remains to be determined - 32 candidates have filed to run in the special election.
Getting Ready to Run®
Next year's Ready to Run® New Jersey will be held from March 20-21, with pre-conference programs for women of color beginning on the afternoon of the 20th. Ready to Run® is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways. Our two-track system has courses both for women preparing for an upcoming political campaign and for those who are looking to deepen their political engagement and learn how best to interface with public officials. Register now for early-bird rates!
Women and the Impeachment
Women played prominent roles in the impeachment hearings over the past few weeks, on both sides of the dais. Lauren Gambino, writing for The Guardian notes the testimonies of career area experts Dr. Fiona Hill and former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, as well as the work of Republican Representative Elise Stefanik in questioning witnesses. The Christian Science Monitor, meanwhile, writes about how the images of the many women, politicians and civil servants, at the center of the impeachment process may have far-ranging implications for how women are seen in American political life. In the next phase of impeachment proceedings, The York Daily Record writes about their local freshman representative, Mary Gay Scanlon, who is the vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, where articles of impeachment will be considered.

Recruitment News
City & State New York profiles Representative Elise Stefanik and her efforts to increase the number of women running for office in GOP primaries in the 2020 cycle, interviewing Debbie Walsh about the challenges that Stefanik faces in her party: "There needs to be some proactive intentionality - women have to be groomed for candidacy, guided and financially supported in primaries in winnable districts." The Mercury News, meanwhile, writes about a bipartisan group in the South Bay area of California, WIRE, that recruits women to run for office, and the article cites CAWP in noting the critical importance of recruitment because women tend to win elections at similar rates as men, but the numbers of women running are significantly lower.

In Other News
We were thrilled to find out that  four CAWP experts were among the 50 most-cited Rutgers-affiliated experts in the media this year; it's been another busy but rewarding year for us at CAWP! Read more at Rutgers Today The Washington Post takes a look back at the fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and in particular at the relationship between Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, who faced enormous pressure to vote against his confirmation and who, in the end, split their votes on Kavanaugh.  The Philadelphia Inquirer interviews Debbie Walsh about Pennsylvania's Upper Gwynedd Township, which will have an all-women board of commissioners. Kelly Dittmar, meanwhile spoke at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs about the 2018 elections and our recent report,  Unfinished Business: Women Running in 2018 and Beyond, where she discussed the achievements of 2018 in the context of the work left to be done. Her remarks were picked up in a few  local  outlets . Lastly,  New York Times Magazine  followed freshman Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Abigail Spanberger during their first year in Congress and produced an inside look at life in the capital, from the political to the personal.
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