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Give this woman a raise.

If our voters turn out, we win. It's something kos has written about repeatedly, and at their annual retreat, House Democrats are focusing on a key group of heavily Democratic voters who don't always turn out:

According to [Women's Voices Women Vote], there are 53 million unmarried women in the country, or 1 out of every 2 women, and in 2010, nearly 40 percent of unmarried women were not registered to vote.

Unmarried women, of all races, have been a key voting bloc for Democrats. In 2012, unmarrried women backed President Obama over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, 67 percent to 31 percent, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll.

But in the typical midterm story, many of these women, especially the Democratic-leaning ones, didn't turn out in 2010; the question is how to get them to turn out in 2014. Democrats see economic issues as key. Take the minimum wage:
“Are Republicans really going to block giving 15 million American women a raise? Are they prepared to tell one in four women in America that $7.25 an hour, which is barely enough to buy a couple gallons of gas, is enough for them to support themselves and their kids?” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) at a press conference last month, where she was flanked by roughly half of the Senate women’s caucus. “If they are, what does blocking a minimum-wage increase say about their priorities when it comes to American women?”
Well, yes. Republicans are going to block that. And it's important to remember as Republicans try to adjust their messaging and get their candidates to say fewer Akin-style things about rape and abortion that the ways Republicans are terrible for women go beyond reproductive rights and sexual politics to questions like whether women can feed their families. Republicans will certainly help make that case, as they've done by repeatedly blocking emergency unemployment aid in recent weeks. Now it's on Democrats to make sure voters know what's going on, and then turn out the base to vote in November.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:14 AM PST.

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  •  Conservative in CA running on raising the mim. (1+ / 0-)
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    lcrp

    wage. It transcends partisan definition.
    So the Dems better jump on it and own it, or the goppers will try to snatch it back.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:27:07 AM PST

    •  Which conservative is running on this in CA? (1+ / 0-)
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      howabout

      I hope there is more than one.

      I know that Ron Unz, the author of the, gag, gag. Prop 13, is very visible in promoting a raise in the minimum wage.  But I am unaware of other conservatives taking this position.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:34:43 PM PST

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  •  Great insight! Great post! (1+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman

    thanks

    •  Women's Voices Women Vote (1+ / 0-)
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      howabout

      I checked out this groups website and unfortunately, their website is only stating information from their 2010 program, so do the numbers being quoted from them do not include numbers for 2012.  

      In 2010, more than 71 million RAE voting-eligible members did not vote: 46 million were not registered to vote; 25 million were registered but did not turnout.  In 2008, the last presidential election year, more than 46 million Rising American Electorate members failed to vote. Of those non-voters, 37 million were not registered compared to 9 million who were. In the 2008 presidential election, for every one voter in the RAE who was registered and did not vote, there were four who were unregistered and therefore could not vote. In that same year, the VPC generated 946,822 voter registration applications in support of the mission.
      If they registered 946,822, that is awesome - but registering that number out of 37 million who were not registered, is a very small percentage.

      I also think a lot of these women are not getting registered before they graduate from high school.  Where I went to high school, the government class teachers brought people in from the local registrars office to register everyone.  I wonder if that is being done in a lot of large cities across the country, a lot of whom would be our voters.  Every month, 50,000 latino kids turn 18 years old.  Are these kids being registered.  These are all missed opportunities, if they are not being registered.        

      If in 2010, 40% of single women were not registered to vote, that tells me that this group, along with other progressive organizations, the Obama campaign and and local , county and state Democratic organizations really were not effective in getting these women registered.  Perhaps there needs to be a new plan on how to reach these women, particularly women who are working full time, but also working two jobs.

      "The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn't say 'give me your english-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses'

      by unapologeticliberal777 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 05:48:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for bringing this up, Laura! (1+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman

    We should use this in compiling a list of Democratic talking points for our 30-second elevator speeches.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 08:29:00 AM PST

  •  Excellent Work (2+ / 0-)
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    GreatLakeSailor, howabout

    Dems must grasp economic populism with both hands. It is  the path to political success. And it it is the righteous way.

  •   60% of minimum wage workers are Women (2+ / 0-)
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    Nebraska68847Dem, CoyoteMarti

    and fewer than 20 percent of minimum wage workers are teenagers.

    The Minimum Wage should be a Women's issue too. Keeping the Minimum Wage unrealistically low already is part of the GOP's War on Women.

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 05:30:43 PM PST

  •  Again and again (1+ / 0-)
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    ragged but right

    We may say over and over that our voters don't turn out, but we also say over and over that our Democratic leaders do nothing to helpthe situation (and many other---HEALTHCAREWOMENSRIGHTSPOORMINORITY situations.)

    How many times do we throw our hands up and say, "Oh, thiose Democrats dropped the ball again. Better luck next time!"

    When do WE begin demanding Democrats get up off of their rich, wealth-backed asses and do something to render themselves useful and worthy of any of our votes?

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 05:50:23 PM PST

  •  Interesting to note (0+ / 0-)

    the rise in women breadwinner role in context with the fact of lower pay. That is how to play the numbers.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:01:27 PM PST

  •  How will the Trans Pacific Partnership help (0+ / 0-)

    women?

    Washington Democrats are a weak tea when it comes to helping women.

  •  Yepperooni n/t (0+ / 0-)

    If I have any spit left after I've licked my own wounds, I'll be glad to consider licking yours. Peace.

    by nancyjones on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:54:56 PM PST

  •  staggering data. (0+ / 0-)

    We have failed.
    We got work to do.

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 07:15:40 PM PST

  •  No... 15. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 07:26:32 PM PST

  •  Good Diary - Bad Quote (0+ / 0-)

    Yes we should raise the minimum wage, but not because working an hour will only buy 2 gallons of gas.  The average wage for low paid workers and the price of gasoline should both be about double what they are now.

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