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Making matters even worse for the GOP, Democrats have had greater success in their recall drives, having already gathered enough signatures to force two Republican state senators into recall elections. Gov. Scott Walker (R) might need to start to worry about preserving the legislative majority that allowed him to pass his controversial collective bargaining restrictions. -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer referenced Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' (R) call for a truce on social issues when Hoyer was discussing policy riders involving Planned Parenthood at issue in the budget debate. On two different networks, Hoyer said: "As Governor Daniels said, of Indiana, we ought to fight the social issues on another bill." -- Even as some women in politics have garnered national attention over the past few years -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to name a few - the number of women in politics has actually gone down. As the 2012 Project pointed out this week, for the first time in 30 years, the number of women in Congress dropped from 90 to 88 after the midterm elections and, even more dramatically, 81 fewer women are serving in state government today than before the election. Women have yet to break the 25 percent mark in any level of government, though they represent over half of the population.

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