sexual-harassment

Sinema Stalked for Years by New York Man, According to Court Document
Amos Olagunju entered a not guilty plea to federal stalking Tuesday in D.C. District Court

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., walks up the House steps for votes in the Capitol on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A New York man entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to a federal charge of stalking Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema after he was arrested last Friday outside her office on the seventh floor of the Longworth House Office Building.

Amos Olagunju of Brooklyn, New York, has been shadowing and attempting to make contact with Sinema since 2014, according to an affidavit from a federal agent obtained by NBC Washington’s News4 I-Team.

More Democrats Say They’ll Skip Trump’s State of the Union
Lawmakers cite president’s ‘racist’ comments, say they’ll have ‘state of our union’ event

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., will not attend President Donald Trump's State of the Union address later this month, joining four other Democrats in protest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Add two more Democrats to the list of House members catting on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address later this month.

Reps. Frederica S. Wilson and Pramila Jayapal announced over the weekend they will join three other lawmakers boycotting the event held in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.

Inspired by #MeToo, Some Staffers Are Telling Congress’ Secrets
Beneficiaries of confidential settlements challenge code of silence

A former staff member of Oregon Rep. Greg Walden says he was inspired by the #MeToo movement to release documents outlining a $7,000 workplace discrimination and disability settlement with Walden’s office in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Cody Standiford is not exactly saying #MeToo.  He’s never been a victim of sexual misconduct.

But he may end up helping congressional staffers who have. The Iraq War veteran recently defied a legal agreement to shed light on how Congress handles harassment and discrimination complaints.

Opinion: The Women Who Could Take Back the House for Democrats
Trump presidency a catalyst for action

Pediatrician Mai Khanh Tran is vying to replace Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., who is not seeking re-election. (Courtesy Dr. Tran for Congress)

In a typical election cycle, EMILY’S List hears from 900 or so women who are interested in running for political office. As of this week, less than a year after President Donald Trump took office, more than 25,000 women have reached out to the group, whose goal is to help elect pro-choice Democratic women to office.

That unprecedented number tracks with what I’ve seen covering special elections for the House and Senate in 2017. Particularly in Alabama and Georgia, I kept seeing female voters showing up in huge numbers to work for Democratic candidates, even when the women themselves weren’t Democrats, or had never been particularly political at all.

Frankel: ‘2018 Will Be the Year of the Woman’
Congresswoman says Golden Globes was a preview of what Democratic Women’s Working Group plans this year

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., center, is hopeful that 2018 will be a big year for women. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Women in Congress fighting to bring attention to sexual harassment got a boost from women in Hollywood at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

“I just texted my girlfriends in Congress, ‘I’m for Oprah!’” Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, said Monday.

More Than $175,000 Raised for Moore Accuser After House Fire
Neighbors say a man with a history of public intoxication was seen near the house before the fire

Authorities suspect arson in the fire that burned Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson’s home last week, but they don’t believe it is related to her accusations. (gofundme.com)

More than $175,000 has been raised to assist one of Roy Moore’s accusers whose house was destroyed in a fire last week.

Tina Johnson’s home in Gadsden, Alabama, caught fire on Wednesday, but authorities said they do not believe it was related to her accusing the disgraced former Senate candidate, ABC News reported.

Sherman Changes Office Policy After Staffer Accused of Harassment
New approach will have senior staffers ask junior ones of same gender if they’ve seen anything

Former aide Matt Dababneh, left, then a California state assemblyman, appears with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., at a town hall meeting last February. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

California Rep. Brad Sherman said he would change his office’s policy on reporting sexual harassment following allegations against a former staffer.

Sherman’s former aide Matt Dababneh, who resigned from the California Assembly last month, faced multiple allegations of sexually harassing women while he worked in Sherman’s office.

Speier, ‘MeToo’ Spearhead in House, Shoots Down Governor Run Rumor
Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown speculated about her plans in newspaper column

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., denied through a spokesman Wednesday she was weighing a possible bid for governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Jackie Speier tamped down gossip from the New Year’s weekend that she was considering entering the California governor race with a statement Wednesday flatly denying any such claims.

“I still have a lot of work to do in Washington,” the Bay Area Democrat said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Brady Challenger in Philly — Year Out of Prison — Wants Fresh Start in House
Democratic former judge imprisoned for lying to FBI

“Even though I made some mistakes, I’m not a mistake,” Willie Singletary says in a video announcing his challenge to Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Robert A. Brady.  (Willie Singletary for Congress via Facebook)

The year 2012 was an incriminating one for the Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania's 1st district, in the heart of Philadelphia.

Federal prosecutors charged two aides to longtime Rep. Robert A. Brady in October with making illegal campaign contributions on Brady’s behalf to a 2012 primary opponent.

New Sen. Smith to Prioritize Rural Broadband, Child Care and Paid Leave
Replacement for Franken to be sworn in on Wednesday

Former Vice President Walter Mondale, center, will swear-in Lt. Gov Tina Smith, D-Minn., left, as she replaces Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who announced his resignation last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As she replaces retiring Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said she plans on prioritizing expanding rural broadband, paid family leave, and child care.

Smith, a member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune she will also look for opportunities to work with Republican colleagues.