U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand http://wfpl.org en NY Senator Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Thinking of Entering Race Two Weeks After She Did http://wfpl.org/post/ny-senator-says-alison-lundergan-grimes-thinking-entering-race-two-weeks-after-she-did <p>Did U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., forget Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is running for Senate?</p><p>Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday, Gillibrand says he is encouraged at women looking to run for U.S. Senate, adding Grimes was "looking" to run for Senate more than two weeks after the Kentucky Democrat announced her intentions to take on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell next year.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mFVYQH2bi3g" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6150 at http://wfpl.org Senator Joe Donnelly Pushes U.S. Military Leaders to Better Address Sexual Assaults http://wfpl.org/post/senator-joe-donnelly-pushes-us-military-leaders-better-address-sexual-assaults <p>U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-In., joined a chorus of lawmakers on the<span id="articleText"> Armed Services Committee</span> who berated top military leaders over the rise of sexual assault in the armed forces.</p><p>In recent months, a series of reports have uncovered a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/military-sexual-assaults-2012_n_3230248.html">spike in rape and other sexual assault cases</a> against men and women that have been called "terrifying" and a "cancer" despite efforts to curb the problem.</p><p>Last month, a study conducted by The Pentagon showed a 35 percent increase in estimated sexual abuse incidents in 2012 compared to 2010.</p><p>Speaking at the committee hearing on Tuesday, Donnelly told military commanders they have an obligation to address stop sexual assault and to provide for the psychological needs of survivors.</p><p>"I was at the Indy 500 a week before the race, and we inducted a couple hundred men and women into the service. And I want to be able to know when I look them in the eyes, that I can keep my obligation to tell them that you can serve our country, serve with dignity, have your dignity respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do," Donnelly said.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DASzzs-ThQw" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:51:17 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5653 at http://wfpl.org