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As outcry over sexual harassment grows, focus shifts to state legislatures

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Democrat, Rep. Isela Blanc of Tempe, said on March 14 Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff threatened to call security to remove her from a hearing room. “I’m being bullied… That’s exactly how I felt in that moment,” Blanc told the Arizona Capitol Times.

Women in state capitols are saying #MeToo

By Daniel C. Vock | Governing

Hundreds of thousands of women in recent days have turned to social media – many using the hashtag #MeToo – to indicate that they have been sexually assaulted or harassed in the past. The movement, which has exploded in the wake of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, has brought attention to sexual harassment on college campuses, in Hollywood and in corporate America.

Related: Democrats: Bullying incident underscores pattern of sexism in Arizona House

And many of the women who are speaking out have pointed to their time in and around state capitols.

In California, more than 140 women in politics on Tuesday launched a campaign called “We Said Enough,” with the promise that they would no longer tolerate the widespread harassment in the political establishment.

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