Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Nashville mourns six dead in the latest mass shooting, the EPA takes public input on a proposal to clean up Pennsylvania's drinking water, and find ways to get more Zzz's during Sleep Awareness Month.


A shooting leaves six dead at a school in Nashville, the White House commends Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to pause judicial reform, and mayors question the reach of state and federal authorities over local decisions.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

New Mexico Women Move Toward Gender Parity in State Legislature


Thursday, March 9, 2023   

Voters in western states are more likely to elect women to the state Legislature, according to a new Center for American Women and Politics report, and New Mexico ranks sixth among the top ten states.

Nevada ranks highest - with women claiming nearly 51% of legislative seats - the first state legislature in history to have a majority of women.

Center director Debbie Walsh said in New Mexico, nearly 45% of lawmakers are women. And the state also boasts another first.

"New Mexico is one of the states that has not just elected a woman governor once, but twice," said Walsh. "And women on both sides of the aisle and the only two Latinas that have been elected governor in the United States have come from New Mexico."

The current governor, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, succeeded Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

The 2023 ranking showed for the first time in history, more than one state reached or surpassed gender parity.

Following the 2022 elections, Colorado was the second state to reach the parity point for women and men. Other top states for women legislators include Arizona, Washington and Vermont.

Walsh said women who run for statewide office are typically older than men and trail male candidates in fundraising.

"We know that when women run they win at about the same rate as men do in comparable races," said Walsh, "so the challenge is always about recruiting and getting women to run for office."

The research also shows a gap between the parties: Women were almost half of Democratic state legislative nominees but only a quarter of Republican nominees.

States with the fewest women elected to office - below 15% - include West Virginia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Walsh noted that it's getting more and more difficult to find women or men who want to run for public office.

"Given the tenor and the tone of politics," said Walsh, "and then for women there is this kind of underlying threat of violence whether it's physical violence or the kind of harassment that women face in social media."

Support for this reporting was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Disclosure: Carnegie Corporation of New York contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.

get more stories like this via email
Black Americans are the most likely to suffer from insufficient sleep. (ChadBridwell/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

March is Sleep Awareness Month and health experts say Americans are not getting enough of it. United Health Foundation data found more than 32% of …


Environmental groups are seeking greater input as California puts the finishing touches on its application to become a hub for hydrogen fuel productio…

Social Issues

This month marks 160 years since the first Medal of Honor was awarded by President Abraham Lincoln. More than a dozen of the 65 recipients alive …

According to The Medal of Honor Museum and Foundation, 3,514 men and one woman have won the Medal of Honor in service of their country from the Civil War to the present day. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

160 years ago, Civil War soldiers were awarded the first Medals of Honor. Now, a Medal of Honor Monument will soon be built on the National Mall in …

Social Issues

The meat processing industry continues to face scrutiny over labor practices in states like Minnesota. Proposed legislation would update a 2007 law…

A report published in late February says children of mothers who are abused or neglected were more likely to demonstrate symptoms and behaviors linked to depression, along with other health issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

New findings suggest health effects stemming from child maltreatment can be passed on to the next generation. In South Dakota, leaders in early-…

Social Issues

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle will pay workers at its former location in Augusta, Maine as part of a settlement over labor law violations…


One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021