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Former Rep. Schroeder, pioneer for women’s rights, dies

- Douglass K. Daniel Contributi­ng: Former Associated Press writer Steven K. Paulson

WASHINGTON – Former U. S. Rep. Pat Schroeder, a pioneer for women’s and family rights in Congress, has died. She was 82.

Schroeder’s former press secretary, Andrea Camp, said Schroeder suffered a stroke recently and died Monday night at a hospital in Celebratio­n, Florida, where she had been living in recent years.

Schroeder took on the powerful elite with her rapier wit and antics for 24 years, shaking up stodgy government institutio­ns by forcing them to acknowledg­e that women had a role in government. Her unorthodox methods cost her important committee posts, but Schroeder said she wasn’t willing to join what she called “the good old boys’ club” to score political points. Unafraid of embarrassi­ng her colleagues in public, she became an icon for the feminist movement.

Schroeder was elected to Congress in Colorado in 1972 and became one of its most influential Democrats as she won easy reelection 11 times from her safe district in Denver. Despite her seniority, she was never appointed to head a committee.

Schroeder helped forge several Democratic majorities before deciding in 1997 that it was time to leave. Her parting shot in 1998 was a book titled “24 Years of Housework ... and the Place is Still a Mess. My Life in Politics,” which chronicled her frustratio­n with male domination and the slow pace of change in federal institutio­ns.

In 1987, Schroeder tested the waters for the presidency, mounting a fundraisin­g drive after fellow Coloradan Gary Hart pulled out of the race. She announced three months later that she would not run and said her “tears signify compassion, not weakness.” Her heart was not in it, she said, and she thought fundraisin­g was demeaning.

She was the first woman on the House Armed Services Committee but was forced to share a chair with Rep. Ron Dellums, D- Calif., the panel’s first African American, when chairman F. Edward Hebert, D- La., organized the panel. Schroeder said Hebert thought the committee was no place for a woman or an African American, and they were each worth only half a seat.

According to her official House biography, she once told Pentagon officials that if they were women, they would always be pregnant because they never said no. Asked how she could be a mother of two children and a member of Congress at the same time, she replied, “I have a brain and a uterus, and I use both.”

It was Schroeder who branded President Ronald Reagan “the Teflon president” for his ability to avoid blame for major policy decisions, and the name stuck.

One of Schroeder’s biggest victories was the signing of a family leave bill in 1993, providing job protection for care of a newborn, a sick child or a parent.

“Pat Schroeder blazed the trail,” said Rep. Nita Lowey, D- N. Y., who took over from Schroeder as Democratic chair of the bipartisan congressio­nal caucus on women’s issues.

A pilot, Schroeder earned her way through Harvard Law School with her own flying service. She became a professor at Princeton University after leaving Congress. She is survived by her husband, James W. Schroeder, their two children, Scott and Jamie, her brother, Mike Scott, and four grandchild­ren.

ALABAMA Montgomery: Mayors of the state’s largest cities want to open up the hood on the state’s online sales tax program, amid worries that cities that impose high sales tax rates may be losing out on revenue.

AL. com reports mayors of 10 cities want state lawmakers this year to mandate more data be provided about online sales taxes.

ALASKA Juneau: A measure pending in the House would change the name of the Alaska Native Language Preservati­on and Advisory Council to the Alaska Native Language Council to better reflect the mission of the council, the Alaska Beacon reports.

ARIZONA Casa Grande: Two men have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting west of the Casa Grande Mountains, authoritie­s said. Casa Grande police said the body of a man was found around 5 a. m. Saturday on a roadway near a shooting range.

ARKANSAS Little Rock: A proposal to end affirmative action by government agencies in the state was tabled by a House panel, following criticism that it could jeopardize dozens of programs around the state.

CALIFORNIA Sacramento: Appbased ride hailing and delivery companies like Uber and Lyft can continue to treat drivers in the state as independen­t contractor­s, a state appeals court ruled, allowing the tech giants to bypass other state laws requiring worker protection­s and benefits.

COLORADO Raton Basin: Multiple earthquake­s were reported late last week west of Trinidad in southern Colorado and were some of the strongest reported in the state in recent years.

CONNECTICU­T Killingly: The lawyer for the Killingly Board of Education has filed a legal motion asking that any references to a controvers­ial board vote to reject a student mental health clinic by Generation­s Family Health Center not be mentioned during an upcoming state inquiry.

DELAWARE Wilmington: Delaware is the best state for car enthusiast­s, according to a new study from Chrysler Capital. Delaware scored a 99.2 out of 100 based on a cumulative score ranking the state’s registered vehicles and the number of car clubs, racetracks and experience days.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: Ninety people have been released from jail amid misconduct investigat­ions into the officers who arrested them, WUSA- TV reports.

FLORIDA St. Petersburg: A man convicted of a 1989 double slaying for which he was dubbed the “ninja killer” is set for execution next month under a death warrant signed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. It would mark the second execution in Florida this year after a long pause dating back to 2019.

GEORGIA Cartersvil­le: Two men caught shopliftin­g had an estimated $ 26,000 worth of baby formula in their car, according to police. Police caught the men walking out of a Publix store with backpacks filled with cans of formula, news outlets reported. Officers searching their car found 662 more cans of formula inside, police Lt. Greg Sparacio said.

HAWAII Hilo: Authoritie­s said a man was taken to Hilo Medical Center in serious condition after falling from a cliff near Rainbow Falls, Hawaii News Now reports.

IDAHO Boise: A measure to add the firing squad to the state’s execution methods advanced to the Senate, Idaho Capital Sun reports. Correction­s officials have expressed trouble obtaining the materials for lethal injections.

ILLINOIS Springfield: Illinois will become one of three states to require employers to offer paid time off for any reason after Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed a law that will take effect next year. Starting Jan. 1, Illinois employers must offer workers paid time off based on hours worked, with no need to explain the reason for their absence as long as they provide notice in accordance with reasonable employer standards.

INDIANA Jeffersonville: A man who was shot by police after he fired a handgun and pointed it at officers has died from his gunshot wounds days after the shooting, authoritie­s said.

IOWA Des Moines: More than 1,200 potholes have been reported in the city in the first three months of 2023 – more than double the number reported during the same time last year. And with heavy snowfall over the weekend, city officials say that number is likely to climb.

KANSAS McPherson: Union Pacific officials believe that a broken wheel likely caused this weekend’s derailment that spilled denatured alcohol inside a refinery.

KENTUCKY Frankfort: A bill to legalize sports betting won House passage, setting up a Senate showdown on a proposal that creates divisions among the Republican supermajor­ities. Past efforts to legalize sports wagering in the Bluegrass State garnered House support but died in the Senate.

LOUISIANA New Orleans: An energy industry giant and a Louisiana company plan a research and training project to develop offshore wind power technology for the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office said. Shell will invest $ 10 million with New Orleans- based Gulf Wind Technology for the project to develop wind power generation products designed to operate in the Gulf.

MARYLAND Annapolis: A federal judge issued an arrest warrant for Roy McGrath, the one- time aide to former Gov. Larry Hogan, after McGrath failed to appear in court as his trial on federal fraud charges was set to begin.

MASSACHUSE­TTS Boston: A man described by authoritie­s as the ringleader of a group that used stolen identities to buy multiple vehicles worth a total of more than $ 1.5 million has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft charges, federal prosecutor­s said.

MICHIGAN Detroit: Wayne State University will provide free tuition to incoming in- state students with family incomes of $ 70,000 or less and assets of $ 50,000 or less. The Wayne State Guarantee covers the full cost of tuition and standard fees with a combinatio­n of federal, state and other Wayne State scholarshi­ps and grants, the school said.

MINNESOTA Duluth: Part of the roof at Miller Hall Mall collapsed Tuesday morning before the mall opened, the Star Tribune reports. A city spokeswoma­n said no injuries were reported.

MISSISSIPP­I Sandersvil­le: The Mississipp­i Band of Choctaw Indians is expanding the Bok Homa Casino. The expansion will include a 60- seat restaurant and a larger sports betting area, tribal officials said at a news conference.

MISSOURI Hermann: The search for the man suspected of killing one small- town police officer and badly injuring another ended after police fired tear gas into the home and arrested the man when he came outside.

MONTANA Helena: The Senate advanced a measure that would help marijuana tax revenue be used for youth suicide prevention efforts, the Independen­t Record reports.

NEBRASKA Lincoln: Police said a convenienc­e store employee was struck repeatedly with a liquor bottle that a customer was trying to steal, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

NEVADA Reno: Most of the state was under an emergency declaratio­n in anticipati­on of more rain and more heavy snow in the Sierra where repeated storms already have made it one of the snowiest winters in decades. A winter storm warning remains in effect at Lake Tahoe until Wednesday evening.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Laconia: A man has been accused of putting three gun powder- filled pipe bombs under his neighbor’s porch, police said. The man said he put the package under the porch and described its contents, the affidavit said.

NEW JERSEY Camden: A dilapidate­d house where Martin Luther King Jr. once stayed in southern New Jersey was severely damaged in a fire. The city’s fire marshal is investigat­ing the cause of the blaze. City spokespers­on Vince Basara said it’s possible the building may be deemed an unsafe structure and condemned after the city inspects it. The blaze spread to the home next door and four nearby residents had to evacuate, he said. No injuries were reported.

NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: The House has endorsed new limitation­s on public access to police body- camera video when it captures images of nudity, violence, injury or death. The 46- 19 vote sent the bill to the Senate for considerat­ion.

NEW YORK New York City: Plans for a rail link were abandoned that would have connected LaGuardia Airport to the city’s subway and commuter rail system, after intense criticism about its $ 2.4 billion- plus price tag and the potential effects on surroundin­g neighborho­ods.

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: With continued challenges to fill employee vacancies, Gov. Roy Cooper told the state personnel office to act to ensure that more positions don’t necessaril­y require a college degree for applicants. Cooper’s executive order, which covers Cabinet- level agencies, is designed to encourage more people to apply for state jobs.

NORTH DAKOTA Hettinger: A man who was working on the home of a sheriff ’ s deputy has been accused of intentiona­lly setting a fire at the deputy’s home. No one was injured and damage was minimal, according to a news release.

OHIO Circlevill­e: A zebra attacked its owner and bit the man’s arm before it was fatally shot by a sheriff ’ s deputy, authoritie­s said. The zebra’s owner was hospitaliz­ed but is expected to recover. Zebras are not considered exotic animals under Ohio law.

OKLAHOMA Dickson: A woman said she was attacked by an escaped pet monkey. Brittany Parker told KOKH that she spotted the monkey as it was attempting to open the screen door to her home. Police have not identified the owner of the monkey.

OREGON Wildervill­e: A lawsuit over the death of a man who was killed by Oregon State Police outside his home in 2015 has been settled for $ 1.6 million after a lengthy legal odyssey, the Grants Pass Daily Courier reported.

PENNSYLVAN­IA Philadelph­ia: Temple University graduate students who are teaching and research assistants have overwhelmi­ngly ratified a new contract, ending their six- week- long walkout.

RHODE ISLAND Providence: The joint venture developing the first big offshore wind farm for the state is proposing to build a second, even larger project to supply power to the state.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: An Army trainee who left a base without permission last year and briefly held a group of children hostage at gunpoint aboard a school bus has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

SOUTH DAKOTA Pierre: Lawmakers are taking a break in the legislativ­e session until they return later in March to consider any bills Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed. Republican legislativ­e leaders were focused on cutting taxes when the session began in January. They now can declare victory on that topic. The record was more mixed on other topics, ranging from restrictin­g gender- affirming care for transgende­r people to limiting foreign ownership of farmland.

TENNESSEE Nashville: Transgende­r people would be prevented from changing their driver’s licenses and birth certificates under legislatio­n approved by Republican senators. The legislatio­n, which still must clear the House chamber, would define male and female in state law and base people’s legal gender identities on their anatomy at birth.

TEXAS Austin: A 19- year- old was arrested in a shooting at a hookah lounge that left two high school students dead and three other people seriously wounded, police said.

UTAH Salt Lake City: The state unveiled a new “aggressive” plan to address homelessne­ss, following the release of a report showing a 14% year- over- year increase in people experienci­ng homelessne­ss. The plan includes the constructi­on of more accessible and affordable housing and an increase in support services.

VERMONT White River Junction: A religious school that withdrew its girls’ basketball team from a playoff game because a transgende­r student was playing on the opposing team won’t be able to participat­e in future tournament­s, the Vermont Principals’ Associatio­n announced.

VIRGINIA Fairfax County: The state’s largest school system is removing a test question given to a college- level social studies class that equated liberals and conservati­ves with specific racial and gender demographi­cs. The question appeared on a test given to students of an AP Government class at Fairfax County Public Schools’ Online Campus.

WASHINGTON Olympia: A contentiou­s bill that would give police greater ability to pursue people in vehicles has narrowly passed the Senate. Senate Bill 5352 would allow a law enforcemen­t officer to initiate a chase if the officer has reasonable suspicion that a person in a vehicle has committed or is committing a crime, the Daily Herald reported.

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill that makes interferin­g with a police officer and causing their death a felony punishable by up to life in prison. The bill that passed unanimousl­y in both chambers of the Legislatur­e was named after Charleston Patrol Officer Cassie Johnson, who was fatally shot in December 2020 as she was responding to a parking complaint.

WISCONSIN Lac du Flambeau: A Native American tribe and the town have reached an agreement under which the tribe will temporaril­y reopen four barricaded roads that are the subject of a decade- long dispute and a recent lawsuit.

WYOMING Casper: Gov. Mark Gordon will host a summit with mental health profession­als and groups next month, the Casper Star- Tribune reports, building on the mental health summit that was held last fall.

 ?? NICK UT/ AP ?? Pat Schroeder speaks to a reporter at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 1999. The former lawmaker died Monday night at 82.
NICK UT/ AP Pat Schroeder speaks to a reporter at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 1999. The former lawmaker died Monday night at 82.

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