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Meet Jennifer Carroll Foy, the Public Defender and New Mom Who Just Joined the Virginia House of Delegates Meet Jennifer Carroll Foy, the Public Defender and New Mom Who Just Joined the Virginia House of Delegates

Jennifer Carroll Foy, a 36-year-old public defender from Woodbridge, Virginia, beat Republican Mike Makee for the 2nd District seat by a 26 percent margin last week. Hers was one of a small avalanche of Democratic wins—and in particular, women and minority wins—that marked the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s…

A Quick Jaunt Through the Many Sexual Misconduct Allegations Swarming State Legislatures  A Quick Jaunt Through the Many Sexual Misconduct Allegations Swarming State Legislatures 

If you haven’t noticed, an extraordinary thing has been happening since the New York Times first reported allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Harvey Weinstein. This story has not just managed to stay alive amid our relentless political news cycle—it has actually grown, sweeping across Hollywood into…

North Carolina Republican Mayoral Candidate Describes Herself as 'Smart, White, Traditional'  North Carolina Republican Mayoral Candidate Describes Herself as 'Smart, White, Traditional' 

For those of you who have been clamoring for some gender parity (writer’s note: no one has asked for this) in this, our humble, regular feature, Big Time Small-Time Dicks, I present Kimberley Paige Barnette.

A Conversation With Nikkita Oliver, the Seattle Mayoral Candidate Whose Activism Spawned a Movement A Conversation With Nikkita Oliver, the Seattle Mayoral Candidate Whose Activism Spawned a Movement

On August 1, the city of Seattle will hold a primary election to decide the top two candidates advancing to the city’s mayoral race in November. With nearly two dozen candidates declared, the field is rather crowded—though it was made slightly less in May, so when incumbent mayor Ed Murray announced he would not be…

Walmart Heiress Alice Walton, a Resident of Arkansas, Is Spending Thousands to Influence New York City Elections Walmart Heiress Alice Walton, a Resident of Arkansas, Is Spending Thousands to Influence New York City Elections

The Village Voice reports that exactly none of the donors for new super-PAC New Yorkers for Independent Action—which has launched a very expensive campaign to unseat four black and Latino state Democrats representing Bronx, Brooklyn, and Suffolk counties in the September 13 Democratic primaries—actually live in the…

Talking to Chirlane McCray About Mental Health, Voting for Hillary, and Closing Rikers Talking to Chirlane McCray About Mental Health, Voting for Hillary, and Closing Rikers

Since the moment New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, his wife Chirlane McCray has been the object of fascination, controversy, praise, and hundreds of weird tabloid stories. This week, she talked with Jezebel about her ambitious plan to revamp New York City’s mental health services, her support for…

Ranking the Shittiest Local Powermongers in America: The Biggest Small-Time Dicks of 2015  Ranking the Shittiest Local Powermongers in America: The Biggest Small-Time Dicks of 2015 

Welcome to Big Time Small-Time Dicks, a regular column on The Slot that explores local politicians, small-town scandals and everything else making life miserable on a local level. This week: The year in dicks, remembered.

Brave Alabama Republican Crusades Against Stores Owned By Non-Christians

Alabama State Rep. Alan Harper, age 58 and “very, very white” according to the Daily Beast, looks like the villain in every Disney movie starring an animal. On Monday, this leader of the American South shared a message with his 2,551 Facebook friends: embrace the holiday spirit and boycott stores owned by immigrants.

Missouri Lawmakers Wonder if Dress Code Would Keep Them From Sexually Harassing Interns  Missouri Lawmakers Wonder if Dress Code Would Keep Them From Sexually Harassing Interns 

In the embarrassing wake of two scandals involving two different Missouri lawmakers who have both been forced to quit after accusations that they sexually harassed their interns, the Missouri House is discussing instituting a new dress code. For the interns. That’s it. That’ll do it.

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