The Nevada legislature is making history, OpEd by Swanee Hunt

The Nevada legislature, which concluded its biennial session on Monday, is making history — and not just statistically. At 52%, this state house is the first to become majority female, and what a difference that is proving to make, particularly when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. I’ve worked in more than 60 countries and …

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Who was Betty Bumpers?

Who was Betty Bumpers? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we are in one of the worst periods of measles epidemics since the measles vaccination program was first introduced in 1963, mainly because of the unvaccinated. Prior to the development of a national immunization program 3 to 4 million people got …

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Mechanics of Redistricting

Mechanics of Redistricting Imagine a large table somewhere in a back room  of the State House. On it is unrolled a huge map, surrounded by lawmakers, each standing ready to mark their territory.  Of course, that’s not how it happens with modern redistricting. These days, it’s more point-and-click than magic markers and sharp elbows. The …

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Is it Time For Turnover?

Is it Time for Turnover? When my boys were 2 and 4 years old, a mentor in the League of Women Voters recommended me for the board of Charleston County First Steps.  That experience led to my service on the state board, which lasted eight years. It has been a privilege to focus on serving …

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