Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We Need to Confront Trump's Creeping Authoritarianism

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site
Faye Gross | 08 November, 2018, 02:56

OLATHE, KS - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic candidate for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District Sharice Davids speaks to supporters during an election night party on November 6, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is 29 years old - and just became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She's the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Yahoo News said. "This could be the beginning of a decade of the woman where you have more women running and moving up because you filled the pipeline".

The victory made her the national face of young, discontented Democrats - often women and minorities - trying to drag their party to the left.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee when she outlasted a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who looked to run against his party to win in a state President Donald Trump won by 26 percentage points in 2016. "Ilhan Omar. So many of us, we're all mums", she said.

"I didn't run because my election would be historic. The significance of history is not lost on me". In the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively. Dean Heller. Arizona also remains uncalled, but both candidates are women. Voters in Colorado also elected the nation's first-ever openly gay man to lead their state Tuesday.

Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House.

"We launched this campaign because no one was clearly and authentically talking about issues like the corrupting role of money in politics".

A "pink wave" is sending a record number of women to Congress, with more than 110 claiming victory in their House and Senate races-with some contests too close yet to call.

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"Democratic women in particular and independent women, progressive women, upscale suburban women were clearly energised by the Trump victory and the Trump presidency in a negative way", said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are Texas' first Latina congresswomen.

It was a litany of historic firsts, a lot of them by Democrats: In Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley became the first woman of color in her state's congressional delegation.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America's first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives.

As for the Senate, the final tally will either meet or fall short of the current record-high 23 female members of Congress, depending on whether Rep. Jacky Rosen can unseat Nevada Sen. As of early Wednesday morning, 22 women were headed to the Senate. In South Dakota, the Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem will become the state's first female governor. "Now, senator will do".

Beyond the election night tallies, female candidates also shattered long-held gender stereotypes about how women should run for office.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 presidential race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life.

"They refused to let anyone shut them up or stand in their way, and that is how real change begins", she added.

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