Politics Within Politics

This blog will serve as a commentary that explores issues related to the intersection of American politics, race, and gender. Its focus is on the leadership of diverse women who served or currently serve in a role that contributes to shaping the outcome of political campaigns or civic engagement/voting efforts. The blog will also explore the gender parity that exists among those who hold elected office.

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Loretta Garcia: Moved by Political Movements

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For this month, Politics Within Politics features Loretta Garcia, an elected member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC), representing District 16. Loretta, an attorney, has worn many hats in politics at the local, state and national level.  Loretta recently sat down with us to provide insight on her introduction to politics and how […]

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Do You Know Your Political Jargon?

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Every political operative acquires a brand new vocabulary while serving on the campaign trail.  If you live and work in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, its even more difficult to avoid the political jargon while at work, on the Metro, and even in restaurants. For those who have taken the political training, found the perfect […]

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Insights on Helping Other Women Succeed in Politics and Beyond

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As Women’s History Month in March wraps up, I want to acknowledge other female political operatives who have supported me as I encountered the many challenges associated with being involved in politics. Women greatly need other women to back them, especially in male dominated settings of political campaign work.  For this month’s issue of PWP, […]

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Run in Politics, Don't Just March

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A peaceful march is only one way of getting your voice heard. After the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, there has been a surge of more women seeking elected office nationwide. Diverse women are now building the groundwork to enable them to run for seats at all levels of government – school board, city council, […]

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Politically Recharge with Good Reads About Women Shaping Politics

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Now is the most crucial time ever to reflect on how women can support each other in the political setting.  The emerging rhetoric from this past election has created an unexpected discourse that inhibits women’s progress in American politics. In December, I reconvened with other Asian American political activists, community leaders, and campaign staff, and […]

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A Need for the Power of She Network

AOF Executive Director Madalene Mielke kicks off the launch of the Power of She Network on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

In the month of May, several events and receptions occurred to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and recognize Asian American political leaders, including Democratic National Committee Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus Chair, Bel-Leong Hong. But only one event was most crucial in changing the face of American politics: “The Power of She […]

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Campaigning with Kathleen Matthews: A New Vision for Women’s Progress

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MARYLAND PRIMARY ELECTION SPECIAL EDITION Who will be on the ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District (CD-8) after Tuesday’s April 26th Primaries?  Among the 10 candidates running in CD-8, only one stands out when it comes to promoting more progress for women in our communities. That candidate is Kathleen Matthews […]

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Reflections from the 8th CD Candidate Forum: Targeting Beyond Mainstream

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Last month, one of the 8th Congressional District 8 Candidates Forums was sponsored by the Coordination Council of Chinese American Associations (CCCAA). This forum targeted the Chinese American community, and by extension the other Asian American communities, in Montgomery County. The forum brought over a 100 people – couples and families, young and old, all packed […]

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How Can You Get Out the Vote?

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What exactly does it mean to “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV)? For those who are new to campaigning, it simply means helping turnout votes during election time. The GOTV process involves field campaign staff targeting specific blocks of voters by precincts.  Most field strategies are based on election rules and primarily involve voter contact. Voter […]

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Meet the Female Political Operatives of Montgomery County:  Anniversary Edition

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This month marks the one-year anniversary of Politics Within Politics. Thank you to all of the contributors, supporters, and new fans that have made this project come to life. For this edition, PWP is featuring the amazing women in Montgomery County who serve as political operatives. They continue to serve in leadership capacities and participate […]

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