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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DAILY POLL SUMMARY: January 1st

Daily Poll Summary, 1/31Today's Posts:
Final FL GOP Projections http://www.nationalpolls.com/articles/20120131001-florida-poll-of-polls.html
Obama vs Romney in Floridahttp://www.nationalpolls.com/articles/20120131002-obama-vs-romney-florida.html
2012 Matchup PollsFlorida, Purple Strategies, 1/23 - 1/26: Obama 44, Romney 46Florida, Purple Strategies, 1/23 - 1/26: Obama 47, Gingrich 46http://www.nationalpolls.com/2012/general-election/florida.htmlMontana, Public Opinion Strategies, 1/9 - 1/10: Obama 36, Romney 53http://www.nationalpolls.com/2012/general-election/montana.htmlNational, Rasmussen, 1/28 - 1/30: Obama 47, Romney 42National, Rasmussen, 1/28 - 1/30: Obama 50, Gingrich 37http://www.nationalpolls.com/2012/general-election/national.htmlObama Approval RatingsFlorida, Purple Strategies, 1/23 - 1/26: Approve 40, Disapprove 56http://www.nationalpolls.com/obama/florida.htmlGOP PrimaryFlorida, Real Clear Politics Average, 1/31 - 1/31: Romney 42, Gingrich 29, Paul 10, Santorum 13Florida, Scott Elliott Prediction, 1/31 - 1/31: Romney 45, Gingrich 33, Paul 9, Santorum 13Florida, Mark Blumenthal Prediction, 1/31 - 1/31: Romney 40, Gingrich 32, Paul 10, Santorum 12Florida, Nate Silver FiveThirtyEight Prediction, 1/31 - 1/31: Romney 44, Gingrich 29, Paul 11, Santorum 14Florida, TPM PollTracker Prediction, 1/31 - 1/31: Romney 40, Gingrich 29, Paul 12, Santorum 14Florida, ARG, 1/29 - 1/30: Romney 43, Gingrich 31, Paul 9, Santorum 13Florida, PPP, 1/28 - 1/30: Romney 39, Gingrich 31, Paul 11, Santorum 15Florida, Ipsos online, 1/27 - 1/30: Romney 43, Gingrich 28, Paul 5, Santorum 12Florida, PPP, 1/30 - 1/30: Romney 36, Gingrich 29, Paul 12, Santorum 17http://www.nationalpolls.com/florida.htmlJoin our Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pollingnumbers

CALIFORNIA STATE Appointment Training . . .

Appointments Training
There are hundred of opportunities to actively participate in government. Whether you are interested in a specific local issue or planning to run for elected office some day, an appointment to a public board or commission is great way to get involved and have your opinions heard.
Women are under-represented in almost all levels of government. We need enthusiastic women from all walks of life to bring a woman’s perspective to the decision making process.
If you need some guidance getting started, figuring out which board is the best fit for you, or the best way to contact the appointing body, contact us.
Women’s Appointment Project
NWPC CA was chosen by the Parity Project from the Hunt Alternative Fund to spearhead the Women’s Appointment Project in conjunction with California Women Lead (CWL). The goal of the Women’s Appointment Project is to have the new, incoming gubernatorial candidates pledge to appoint women to 50% of state positions. With the election of a new Governor on November 2, there will be over 3,000 appointed positions open within the administration and at least 50% of those positions should go to qualified women.
NPWC CA & CWL are partnering with the Commission on the Status of Women and other prominent women’s organizations, political, business, professional, academic, government and non-profit entities to get the word out to qualified women throughout the state to submit their resumes to the Women’s Appointment Project. These resumes will be compiled and submitted to the incoming governor’s staff for review. A website will be launched with information on how to submit in August 2010.
NWPC CA will be holding a Women’s Appointment Training session on October 9th in Fresno at our bi-annual state conference. To find out more about the Women’s Appointment Project and our upcoming training session, click here.

Director of Individual Giving . . . immediate need

RARE CONSERVATION Director of Individual Giving
March 27th, 2010 Author:

Rare Conservation seeks a Director of Individual Giving
Rare is a $17 million fast-growing, international conservation organization that runs state-of-the-art communication and outreach projects which empower local communities with the tools to solve their own conservation challenges. The Director of Individual Giving is responsible for creating and implementing a strategic development plan to significantly increase major gift revenue from individuals living primarily on the West Coast, with an initial focus on California.
A dynamic ambassador of the organization, the Director should be capable of inspiring support from a variety of constituent groups ranging from dedicated conservationists to venture philanthropists. This role reports to the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Growth and work closely with the CEO as well as Rare’s senior management and program staff. He or she will also interact with board members. This is a full-time, exempt position located in San Francisco, CA.
To view the complete job listing, click here.
To see more job listings, click here.

CALIFFORNIA STATE APPOINTMENT TRAINING, OPEN TO ALL . . .

California State Appointment Training with
Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Dear Todd & Minerva Hoover,
NWPC CA would like to offer you a unique opportunity to learn about the appointments process. Join speaker Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., as she leads this two-hour workshop that will leave you informed about the appointments process and knowledgeable about how to complete the appointments application.

This training is open to all interested in being appointed!

Event Info:
Altadena Library
600 East Mariposa St.
Altadena, CA 91001
Friday, February 17, 2012
6:30p - 8:30p

To register here or visit www.nwpcca.org.

Linda Young new NWPC President . . .

August Update From NWPC National
August 24th, 2000 Author:
Greetings from Your New President
“NWPC: Life Begins (again) at Forty”
The NWPC 20th Biennial Convention in Washington DC celebrated the 40 years of service since the founding of the National Women’s Political Caucus. With messages from Founders and former NWPC Presidents, and presentations from significant leaders in media, women’s issues, public policy and organizational best practices, Caucus members and guests raised their glasses of champagne high to toast the first 40 years and to honor those who led us through them.
As we begin the next steps in our journey, we give appreciation to those who have gone before us. Our Founders were women who were not afraid to step out in front of an issue that they believed in. Those several hundred women gathered to begin a new organization — one that included all political parties that could represent all women and increase the role women play in our government. We thank Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Liz Carpenter, Myrlie Evers, Ellie Smeal, Ann Lewis, and many, many others who stood for the idea that progressive women should be at the decision-making table!
The previous administration and board worked through many challenges for the organization, for which our former President Lulu Flores and her board are due appreciation and applause for all their hard work and accomplishments. In addition to the work of the Caucus to recruit, train and help elect more women get into office, Lulu also focused on bringing more efficiency and accountability to NWPC and helped stabilize and update processes. For her years of commitment and loyalty to NWPC, the Convention gave her a standing ovation and her husband presented her with four dozen red roses.
Our new slate of officers stand on the shoulders of those before us, and is energized to set and meet new goals for “the next 40 years” of NWPC. The climate of the country is one of movement, of change, and dissatisfaction with the status quo. Messages we heard at the Convention included a new fervor for pushing passage of the ERA “once and for all,” and a call for significantly increasing the numbers of women participating in framing legislation for our future. Some commented that now is our time, that this is the moment when our actions will count most and when we can affect the greatest change.
My goal is to lead our organization by serving and listening to our membership from local and state caucuses, to grow our numbers dramatically by inviting women of various political views, invite more sponsorship and involvement from industry and more cooperation with other organizations. At a time when states are holding recall elections for their legislators, and when more people are standing up to be heard, the NWPC must also ramp up our efforts in order to give these women the larger platform they need and deserve.
For the next 40 years, we plan to add more state Caucuses, and to multiply the number of College Caucuses around the country. Additionally, we plan to continue to outreach to other organizations with whom we share purposes and to partner to meet goals.
We appreciate the excellent work Bettina Hager has done for NWPC, and are pleased Bettina is going to stay with us as we begin this new term. Bettina did an outstanding job establishing an effective internship program, and continues to coordinate interns’ work for Caucus, providing strong support of our programs.
I would like to send my heartfelt “Thank You” to each of you who participated in the election of officers, and who continue to participate in your home Caucuses, serving in leadership roles there, recruiting new members to Caucus, working for our endorsed candidates, and so much more! Our new team is committed to helping us build our numbers and the effectiveness of our Caucuses, and to providing new resources for NWPC. We solicit your input and want to hear from you. Watch the website for new developments, and for exciting news about upcoming events.

In sisterhood,
Linda Young,
NWPC President

Universal Contraceptive Coverage

Obama Administration Approves Rule That Guarantees Near-Universal Contraceptive Coverage
January 22nd, 2012 Author:
Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans, along with other preventative services, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. This means that after years of trying to get birth control covered to the same extent that health plans cover Viagra, our country will finally have nearly universal coverage of contraception.
Opponents of contraception had lobbied hard for a broad exemption that would have allowed any religiously-affiliated employer to opt out of providing such coverage. Fortunately, the Obama administration rejected that push and decided to maintain the narrow religious exemption that it initially proposed. Only houses of worship and other religious nonprofits that primarily employ and serve people of the same faith will be exempt. Religiously-affiliated employers who do not qualify for the exemption and are not currently offering contraceptive coverage may apply for transitional relief for a one-year period to give them time to determine how to comply with the rule.
Twenty-eight states already require employers, including most religiously affiliated institutions, to cover contraception in their health plans. The only change is that now they must cover the full cost.
Family planning results in better health outcomes for women and their children—a woman who has a planned pregnancy is more likely to be in better health when she gets pregnant and more likely to seek prenatal care, and children who are born at least two years apart are healthier. Family planning is also the most effective tool we have in reducing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion.
An expanded religious exemption would have created an unreasonably large loophole that would have kept these benefits beyond the reach of millions of women. This decision honors the conscience of these women over that of the institutions that employ them and ensures that cost will no longer be a barrier to accessing basic and essential preventive health services.