Atima Omara, president of the Young Democrats of America, is in Missouri this weekend as part of her group’s efforts to avoid a replay of 2010 next year.
In 2010, Republicans made huge election gains, including in Missouri. Credit, or blame, went in part to a sharp decline in turnout among young voters, who as a bloc lean Democratic.
The under-30 age group played a significant role in 2008, when a strong Democratic turnout swept Barack Obama into the White House and resulted in Democrats capturing all but one statewide contest in Missouri.
Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway says she's considering running for Governor in 2016.
According to the Associated Press, Hanaway says a lot of people she trusts and respects have been encouraging her to run for Governor. The Republican from St. Louis County served as Missouri's first female House Speaker from 1999 to 2005, and was the GOP nominee in 2004 for Secretary of State, losing to Democrat Robin Carnahan. She also served as U.S. Attorney for Missouri's Eastern District, and now practices law in St. Louis.
The United States Senate has 20 women in office, a mark never before reached prior to the last election. The top political seats in New Hampshire are all held by women: a female governor, two women in the U.S. Senate and women in both of the state's U.S. House seats.
Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008 and there is talk of her running again in 2016. Are these signs that America could soon have a woman break the last glass ceiling to executive power or are there still obstacles in the way?