First Reading, 2018 vol. 4
Allow me to interrupt your afternoon web browsing with a new look around Pink Granite. I've ditched the blush and bashful scheme for something a little bolder and hot pink. Sorry for those men out there looking over their shoulder while reading at work or trying to scroll just enough to not be caught reading a blog that starts with an admittedly in-your-face "pink." To the ladies - you're welcome.
So much is going on there is no way to ever keep track of it all but here's a round up on news clips that are interesting for our purposes. If you haven't already checked it out please also consider reading my Q & A with Jenifer Sarver here. She's running for Congress and has a great perspective on civility and collaboration in Congress (gasp!).
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Now - on to the good stuff.
- Ms. T says #MeToo and we're all listening. Read via the Texas Observer.
- Governor Abbott continues his quest to defeat Chairman Davis in Houston, via the Texas Tribune. And you wonder why people anywhere near the middle decide not to run for office? In that vein, Speaker Straus implores people to actually vote in their party primaries.
- In related news, one opinion piece from the Atlantic advocates for conservatives to boycott the Republican party in order to "save it from itself."
- My very favorite, Governing Magazine, on how much Democrats can really win in 2018.
- Jenifer Sarver explaining her vote for Hillary Clinton is all of us - or at least many of us, via the Statesman.
- Governor Abbott is cracking down on sexual harassment at the state government level.
- Investors want their business interests to hire more women, looks like the Fearless Girl is getting the job done.
- Did you know that just two black women hold statewide offices today, and only 11 have ever held them — and no black woman has ever been elected governor — according to research by Higher Heights and the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Let me repeat that - NO black woman has ever been elected Governor. Here's the story of some ladies working to change that.
- How America ranks when it comes to women in politics (globally), via Fortune.