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U.S. Women Are Advancing In Politics At A Pleasantly Alarming Rate

Women in politics are making serious moves.

American politics can be a draining affair. With the perpetual controversy and head-scratching moments surrounding Donald Trump's presidency, every other day seems like a step backwards on the political playground. However, a recent observation in the landscape of politics as it pertains to a minority group offers a degree of encouragement.

There has been an uptick in success when it comes to women in the political arena, specifically when it comes to the primary elections. According to the Atlanta Tribune, this year, more women than ever before have been winning major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House.

For starters, there are reportedly close to 50 black women running for Congress this year, including Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah). If Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wins—which is likely since there aren't any Republicans running for the primarily Democratic seat—she will become the United States' first Muslin-American woman to be in Congress. Paulette Jordan could become the first Native American governor in the country's history if she is victorious in Idaho. Christine Hallquist (D-Vt.) became the first transgender candidate to win a major-party gubernational nomination.

Down in Georgia, Stacey Abrams hope to become America's first black female governor. Additionally, Democrat Laura Kelly is running for governor in Kansas.

On November 6th – just 90 days from today – we are going to turn Georgia around. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite success for some families, and for some communities, too many Georgians still do not have the freedom and opportunity to thrive. They’ve been left out and left behind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But here’s the thing: our problems can be solved. We just need the political will and the right leaders to get the job done. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We must expand Medicaid, pursue plans for economic mobility, and fully fund K-12 public schools, so that EVERY Georgian can participate in our state’s path forward. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In November, we will elect leaders who hear our voices and reflect our values. But right now, it’s time for all of us to step up and give folks a reason to vote in 90 days. Will you sign up for a volunteer shift today? bit.ly/gablue

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This all follows after Georgia Mayor Keisha Lawrence Bottoms' gratifying win and Bronx firecracker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's advancement in her Congressional pursuits.

In addition to possibly shifting power back to Democrats in the House, all this diverse representation has the likelihood to change the direction of conversations surrounding abortion rights, immigration, gun control, health care and education.

Best of luck, ladies, and readers, make sure you go out and vote on Election Day.

READ MORE: 5 Things To Know About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Politics’ New Aspirant

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"When will the radical left congresswomen apologize to our country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said," Trump tweeted."So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!"

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"When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again."

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On Sunday (July 14) the day Donald Trump announced Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers would detain migrant families in 10 major U.S. cities, the president took to Twitter to tell certain progressive Democrats to return to their country of origin.

"So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run," Trump tweeted.

"Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!"

While Trump didn't name names, it can be assumed he's speaking of Democratic Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Latin-American woman born and raised in The Bronx; Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, a black woman born in Cincinnati; Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American from Detroit, Michigan and representative Ilhan Omar is a Somali born refugee who moved to the United States when she was 12 and became a naturalized citizen.

Trump's tweets were condemned by many, including by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who affirmed they only underscore his "Make America Great Again” slogan has an alternative meaning.

"When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again," Pelosi tweeted. I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids - #FamiliesBelongTogether!"

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Ocasio-Cortez later responded by calling the statements "just outright disrespectful."

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"In this position, Mr. Carter will focus on and work to increase the economic participation of citizens returning from incarceration - many of who are not seeing the monetary benefits of legalization - through advocacy, job training, and overall employee and workforce development," according to Caliva's website.

Jay-Z also released a statement himself about his goals with Caliva.

“Anything I do, I want to do correctly and at the highest level. With all the potential in the cannabis industry, Caliva’s expertise and ethos makes them the best partner for this endeavor. We want to create something amazing, have fun in the process, do good and bring people along the way.”

Caliva's website reports 3.5 times growth year over year, more than 600 employees, and more than 250 retailers that carry its products.

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