Karen Handel on Civil Rights



2010: Woman running for governor "raised some eyebrows"

Governor Purdue was term-limited, creating an open seat for governor in 2010. I formally announced my candidacy for governor that April. It would be a crowded, changing field.

My decision was cheered--and criticized. Many were enthusiastic about my reform-minded, no-nonsense approach. Others said I was overly ambitious--my rise up the political ladder was too quick. I was only 49, so what was the rush? Interestingly, these criticisms had not been raised about the lieutenant governor, who is 4 years younger than I, when he decided to run just 2 years into his first term. And while it was fine for a woman to be secretary of state, a woman running for governor raised eyebrows.

Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 36-37 , Sep 11, 2012

Cultural outreach via Circle of Promise & Lazos Que Perduran

It was clear that general education and awareness grants were not high-impact programs. This is not to say that education and awareness are unimportant. Komen awarded millions for these types of grants--re-funding the same or similar programs year after year. Scores of grants--perhaps evens hundreds--focused on culturally appropriate education and outreach. But the quality and success of these programs varied greatly from community to community, and it was expensive to fund the creation of language-specific materials repeatedly. It made more sense to create a national library of these types of programs. Komen National would develop these programs, using proven strategies and the latest approaches. The Circle of Promise, geared toward African-American women, had already been launched, and Lazos que Perduran (Bonds That Last), to reach Latina women, would be next.
Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 73-74 , Sep 11, 2012

"War on women" coined by feminist Left to attack Right

Planned Parenthood's rhetoric was growing more extreme in anticipation of the 2012 election cycle. In November 2011, Planned Parenthood launched WomenAreWatching.org, a militant site that is little more than a shill for the Democrats and their claim of a so-called war on women, a term coined by the feminist left to attack conservatives who oppose the liberal agenda, particularly on abortion.
Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p.117-118 , Sep 11, 2012

Sponsored gay group event for Log Cabin Republicans

The runoff was just 20 days away. And the Gold Dome clique was nervous. I was talking about ethics reform--promising an end to their way of doing things. They rallied around Nathan Deal.

At the same time, I was being hammered on the abortion issue, and I was being called pro-gay. I had spoken to the gay Republican group Log Cabin Republicans and had sponsored one of their events during an earlier campaign for the Fulton County commission. Deal had his opening to question my conservative values.

Source: Planned Bullyhood, by Karen Handel, p. 47-48 , Sep 11, 2012

Enforce marriage as one man and one woman

Marriage is between a man and a woman only. To anyone who thinks otherwise, I say, "Bring it on."
Source: 2013 Senate campaign website, karenhandel.com, "Issues" , Aug 1, 2010

2016-17 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Civil Rights: Karen Handel on other issues:
GA Gubernatorial:
Andrew Hunt
Brian Kemp
Casey Cagle
Hunter Hill
Jason Carter
Nathan Deal
Sonny Perdue
Stacey Abrams
Tom Price
GA Senatorial:
Allen Buckley
Amanda Swafford
David Perdue
Derrick Grayson
Jack Kingston
Jim Barksdale
John Barrow
Johnny Isakson
Michelle Nunn
Paul Broun
Phil Gingrey

Special elections in 2017-18:
AZ-8:Franks(R, resigned in sex scandal)
AZ-8:Lesko(R, elected April 24, 2018)
CA-34:Becerra(D; appointed CA Atty General)
CA-34:Gomez(D; elected June 6, 2017)
CA-34:Ahn(D; lost primary)
GA-6:Price(R; appointed HHS Secretary)
GA-6:Handel(R; elected June 20)
GA-6:Ossoff(D; lost election June 20, 2017)
KS-4:Pompeo(R; appointed CIA Director)
KS-4:Estes(R; elected April 11)
MT-0:Zinke(R; appointed DOI Secretary)
MT-0:Gianforte(R; elected May 25)
OH-12:Tiberi(R, resigned to become a lobbyist)
OH-12:Balderson(R, elected Aug. 24, 2018)
PA-18:Murphy(R, resigned in sex scandal)
PA-18:Lamb(D; elected April 2018)
SC-5:Mulvaney(R; appointed OMB Director)
SC-5:Norman(R; elected June 20)
TX-27:Farenthold(R, resigned in sex scandal)
TX-27:Cloud(R, elected June 30, 2018)
UT-3:Chaffetz(R, resigned for unexplained reasons)
UT-3:Curtis(R, elected Nov. 7, 2017)
Retirements as of January 2019 (Republicans):
AZ-2:Martha McSally
CA-49:Darrell Issa
FL-6:Ron DeSantis
FL-15:Dennis Ross
FL-17:Tom Rooney
FL-27:Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-6:Luke Messer
KS-2:Lynn Jenkins
MI-11:Dave Trott
MS-3:Gregg Harper
NH-1:Carol Shea-Porter
NJ-2:Frank LoBiondo
NJ-11:Rodney Frelinghuysen
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NY-27:Chris Collins
NC-9:Robert Pittenger
ND-0:Kevin Cramer
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OK-1:Jim Bridenstine
PA-6:Ryan Costello
PA-7:Pat Meehan
PA-9:Bill Shuster
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-15:Charlie Dent
PA-18:Tim Murphy
SC-1:Mark Sanford
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-2:Jimmy Duncan
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-7:Marsha Blackburn
TX-2:Ted PoeTX02'>2
TX-3:Sam Johnson
TX-5:Jeb Hensarling
TX-6:Joe Barton
TX-21:Lamar Smith
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
UT-3:Jason Chaffetz
VA-5:Tom Garrett
VA-6:Bob Goodlatte
WA-8:Dave Reichert
WV-3:Evan Jenkins
WI-1:Paul Ryan
Retirements as of January 2019 (Democrats):
AZ-9:Kyrsten Sinema
CO-2:Jared Polis
CT-5:Elizabeth Esty
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
IL-4:Luis Gutierrez
MD-6:John Delaney
MA-3:Niki Tsongas
MI-9:Sander Levin
MN-1:Tim Walz
MN-5:Keith Ellison
MN-8:Rick Nolan
NV-3:Jacky Rosen
NV-4:Ruben Kihuen
NM-1:Michelle Lujan-Grisham
PA-1:Bob Brady
TX-16:Beto O'Rourke
TX-29:Gene Green

Challengers for November 2018 (Democrats):
MI-13:Brenda Jones
MI-13:Rashida Tlaib

Challengers for November 2018 (Republicans):
CA-49:Rocky Chavez
HI-1:Cam Cavasso
ID-1:Russ Fulcher
NV-3:Danny Tarkanian
OH-12:Troy Balderson
PA-14:Rick Saccone
PA-16:Lloyd Smucker
PA-18:Rick Saccone
SC-4:Lee Bright
TX-27:Michael Cloud
UT-3:John Curtis
WA-8:Dino Rossi
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Vacancies for November 2018 election:
MI-13:Conyers(D, resigned in sex scandal)
NY-25:Slaughter(D, deceased March 2018)
OK-1:Bridenstine(R; resigned to head NASA)
PA-7:Meehan(R, resigned in sex scandal)
PA-15:Dent(R; resigned May 2018)

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