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Women-led PACs commit $1M in digital ads to Harris

A group of women-led political action committees have pledged $10 million in digital ads to Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris as she prepares for the first — and only — debate against Vice President Mike Pence.



Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris Campaigns In Nevada


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Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris Campaigns In Nevada

“We have seen some concerning signs of an enthusiasm gap among voters that, frankly, were left behind by Democratic outreach in 2016,” said Tara McGowan, the CEO of PACRONYM, a political action committee.

PACRONYM, which has been running a $75 million anti-Trump effort since 2019, will join Black PAC, Planned Parenthood Votes and EMILY’s List WOMEN VOTE! in committing the $10 million worth of digital ads. 

“The groups that have come together believe strongly that Kamala Harris is an incredible asset to the Biden campaign and the Democratic ticket when it comes to increasing enthusiasm and motivation

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Decriminalization bill stuck, new women-led organization, SAFE Act has a chance

NJ Cannabis Insider produces premium, exclusive weekly content and monthly events geared toward those interested in the marijuana and hemp industries. Here are the headlines in Issue 134, published on Oct. 1. To subscribe, visit njcannabisinsider.biz

Decriminalization bill will not go to vote before Election Day

There won’t be a vote before the Nov. 3 election on a bill that would decriminalize marijuana, a key state senator tells NJ Cannabis Insider.

But Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, said he would act “immediately” on the matter once voters decided whether to legalize the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older.

We reported last month that Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex, demanded Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and Scutari, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, to schedule Rice’s bill for a hearing.

When there was no response, Rice, who leads the Legislative Black Caucus, demanded Sweeney replace Scutari as chair. Sweeney took

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Funding Imbalance Persists For Women-Led Fintechs

The fintech industry has long been dominated by male founders. New research released Thursday highlights this ongoing gender disparity.

At the same time, the Deloitte report offers a glimmer of encouragement for women-run fintech start-ups—and suggestions for leveling the playing field.

The analysis shows that women-founded startups and those co-founded with men comprised 12.2% of the 3,017 fintechs in 2019, only slightly higher than the 10.9% (of 411 startups) recorded in 2010.

Why the disparity? “We are operating at the intersection of technology and finance, which are notably two industries woefully under-represented by women,” Alaina Sparks, Deloitte’s US fintech leader, tells Forbes. “The issue can be exacerbated by bias from those who have tremendous influence in providing the necessary capital to be successful—financial, social, and human capital,” she says.

Encouragingly, more dollars are being directed toward women-founded

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‘A Call to Spy’ Review: A Women-led Resistance

“A Call to Spy” is a welcome, albeit imperfect, addition to the existing slate of movies about World War II. The propulsive historical drama, which was written by Sarah Megan Thomas (she also plays Virginia Hall, one of the three leads) and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher, explores the lives of three remarkable women who served as spies for the Allied nations.

It’s 1941 and Winston Churchill, desperate in the losing fight against the Nazis, has ordered the recruitment and training of women spies. Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), a secretary of the Special Operations Executive, persuades her doubtful male colleagues to let her recruit Hall, an American and an aspiring diplomat with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), a British wireless operator and pacifist. The two women shine in the field and, in the face of danger and unexpected betrayal, prove themselves as assets to the French

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