Alumnae in the News

Alumnae Spotlight

Paula Phillips

Milwaukee School Board

Emerge Wisconsin, 2017

Arvina Martin

Madison City Council

Emerge Wisconsin, 2014

Yolanda Avila

Colorado Springs City Council

Emerge Colorado, 2016

Debra Haaland

Candidate for US Congress, NM-1

Emerge New Mexico, 2007

Alumnae In The News

Apr 7 2017

A City Council newcomer with longtime roots in southeast Colorado Springs appeared poised for victory Tuesday evening in the three-way race for District 4.

Yolanda L. Avila had garnered 2,340 votes - 41 percent of ballots and likely enough to unseat first-term incumbent Helen Collins.

Apr 7 2017

A slate of candidates backed by the Milwaukee teachers union swept elections for four contested seats on the Milwaukee School Board on Tuesday.

Apr 7 2017

Madison voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly chose more of the same on an increasingly independent City Council.

Arvina Martin, who will be the council's first Native American member, soundly beat fellow newcomer Bradley Campbell in a race for a lone open seat in council's 11th District, while four council incumbents downed challengers in other contested races.

Feb 14 2017

By Andrea Dew Steele
February 14, 2017

Last week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took the floor of the U.S. Senate to speak against the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. As she attempted to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King asking Senators to vote against his confirmation to a federal judgeship in 1984 due to his history of racism, she was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He invoked an obscure and rarely-used Senate rule to silence Warren for the remainder of the Sessions debate, remarking: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”


Jan 20 2017

You—yes, you—should be running for political office. But what would it entail, exactly? Slate spoke to four first-time candidates who won their races in November about their experiences campaigning and their thoughts on seeking office.

Nov 29 2016

One of Gov. Paul LePage’s wishes is unlikely to be realized after state Rep. Sara Gideon became the Democratic nominee for speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.


Nov 29 2016

Lateefah Simon was one of three new BART directors elected earlier this month. She will take over District 7 from outgoing director Zakhary Mallett. District 7 is unique in that it encompasses portions of San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa. That means balancing the requirements of the outlying suburban areas with those of West Oakland and dense parts of San Francisco.

Nov 18 2016

House Democrats moved Tuesday to quickly squash a proposal from Gov. Paul LePage to withhold state funding from municipalities that prohibit police from asking about a person’s immigration status or that do not share immigration information with federal authorities.

Nov 11 2016

Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is slated to become the first openly LGBT Buncombe County Commissioner. To get there, she had strong competition in the District 1 Democratic primary from City Councilman Gordon Smith and from another civil rights activist, Isaac Coleman. Since no Republican filed to run for the District 1 seat, as winner of the primary, Beach-Ferrara is almost certain to take office after the General Election.

Nov 11 2016

Democrat Leslie Herod looks to be the next representative for state House District 8, covering part of Northeast Denver. She was ready to declare victory at a Democratic election party with about 87 percent of the vote.

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