Evergreen Issues: Gubernatorial Primaries Closely Watched, Understanding the Female, Millennial Voter and Disposable Vape Pens Litter Environment

EVERY TUESDAY WE BRING YOU ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOU AS AN OUTDOOR LOVING WOMAN. WHETHER IT HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE OR FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, WE SCOUR THE INTERNET, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT BILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS, AND DELIVER IT TO YOU – SO YOU KNOW.

1. GUBERNATORIAL Primaries Play out in states across the country

Voters are heading to the polls in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Vermont today to select their candidates for the general election.

So, why should you care? These primaries will set up crucial opportunities for Democrats come November, that extend from the governor’s mansion to state houses and all the way to Washington, D.C.

In Wisconsin, eight Dems are looking to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Several U.S. House districts are also up for grabs.

In Minnesota, Democrats have 24 seats and a majority in the House on the line.

Connecticut’s race for governor is a tossup at this point, as two men battle for the Democratic party’s nomination, and five men are vying for the Republican party’s.

Fox News via candidates’ campaigns

In Vermont, two potentially history-making Dems are looking to unseat Republican Gov. Phil Scott. Christine Hallquist is the first openly transgender woman in the nation to run for governor. Democratic voters will be choosing between her, Ethan Sonneborn, a 14-year-old, environmental activist James Ehlers and dance festival organizer Brenda Siegal at the polls today.

With a few rare opportunities, Republicans could win offices from Democrats.

2. New report: Breaking down the “mysterious, often contradictory views” of the millennial woman voter

In a fascinating look at the young, female American voter, Refinery 29 and CBS News explain why and how millennial women could turn today’s primaries and subsequently, November’s midterms, on their heads.

We’d advise reading through the report, here, but here are a few key points from it, gathered from polling women, aged 18 to 35:

  • Out of 73 million women who voted in the 2016 election, 18.4 million were millennials
  • The women of this age group have the most negative views of the Trump presidency – 70% say they’re “dissatisfied” or “angry” with its direction
  • Even so, only 30% said they’d “definitely” be voting this fall
  • Despite age or political leaning, women said healthcare was the top issue of the year – nearly 75% of young women said healthcare is a right

3. Finding a sustainable solution for disposable vape pens as marijuana industry grows

A new Forbes piece explores how we might fight the growing problem of products that are created to be thrown out, using disposable vape pens as a case study.

As the marijuana industry grows, so does the creation of these pens and they’re not designed to be recycled. Regardless of where you might put them, because of their ornate construction, they’ll end up in the landfill.

Our recycling system is not built to break down multi-faceted components.

Click here to read more about how one company is researching how to make the disposable vape pen sustainable, and how cities might better accommodate more complicated recycling systems.