Sen. Ruud named Legislator of the Year by Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Environment and Natural Resource Policy and Legacy Finance Chair Senator Carrie Ruud (R- Breezy Point) was named Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for her work in preserving Minnesota’s environment during the 2017 legislative session. Senator Ruud was a dedicated supporter of the Minnesota Association of Soil […]

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Tanya Seabrooks receives 2017 Women of Excellence award

National Foun­dation of Women Legislators named Radcliff Councilwoman Tanya Seabrooks as a 2017 Woman of Excellence. The Elected Women of Excel­lence Award was created to identify women who have worked to serve their communities. The pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate […]

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National Family Caregiver Month

I just returned from the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ annual conference, where I joined other elected officials from across the country to discuss the most pressing issues facing our communities — including Alzheimer’s disease. Alarmingly, there are an estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2016 more […]

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County unveils program to keep some veterans out of jail

Burlington County officials Friday announced the launch of a program that will enable some veterans charged with nonviolent offenses to be diverted into counseling or treatment programs instead of criminal prosecution. The Veterans Diversion Program, established in legislation signed into law in May by Gov. Chris Christie, aims to aid veterans and active-duty service members […]

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No Hidden Figures Allowed

Last time, I wrote about our ongoing efforts in the State Legislature to ensure gender equality in our great State of New York. This includes my legislation mandating insurers to cover 3-D mammograms, amending the New York State Constitution to include the Equal Rights Amendment, and my legislation proposing an enduring inventory of women appointments […]

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Boston City Council makes history with the election of six women

What happened? Six women won election to the Boston City Council — making history and stirring optimism that a legislative body not known for its relevance or diversity can finally propel women to real power in this city. “A game changer,” said Maura Hennigan, who served on the council from 1982 until she ran for […]

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Much Obliged: State Director Leadership Summit

We thank Sen. Carrie Ruud for taking part in the State Director Leadership Summit, hosted by the National Foundation for Women Legislators. At the Summit, Sen. Ruud joined a bipartisan group of 31 elected women from throughout the country to participate in workshops to combat polarization and build respect in state legislatures. Our democracy depends […]

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Harrell takes time out to contemplate, model civil discourse

Our democracy depends on our leaders being able to disagree without being disagreeable. Unfortunately, this integral feature of our society seems to be in decline. We thank Rep. Gayle Harrell for taking part in the State Director Leadership Summit, a conference hosted by the National Foundation for Women Legislators, that focused on the importance of […]

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Dudik thanked for building civility

We thank Rep. Kimberly Dudik for taking part in the State Director Leadership Summit, hosted by the National Foundation for Women Legislators. At the summit, a bipartisan group of 31 elected women from across the country convened to address incivility and polarization in state politics. It is imperative elected officials build strong relationships and establish […]

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