Mel Leonor Barclay
Mel Leonor Barclay is a political reporter. She has a decade of experience covering government and elections, from tiny South Florida localities to Congress. Most recently, Mel was a Virginia politics reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and previously covered federal policy at POLITICO. Mel is an immigrant of the Dominican Republic and native Spanish speaker.
Mike Pence is ‘out of touch’ with the reality of parental leave, advocates say
'We all have an obligation to hold people accountable for when they say something wrong, especially when it's misogynistic, especially when it's homophobic,' Chasten Buttigieg said Thursday on ‘The View.’
What Ron DeSantis’ budding presidential bid could mean for Florida abortion laws
The Republican governor already has the backing of some anti-abortion groups. Passing more stringent restrictions on abortion could help cement that.
Barbara Johns made civil rights history at 16. Her sister reflects on the US Capitol statue planned in her honor.
Joan Johns Cobbs joined her sister to protest their segregated school’s deplorable conditions in 1951. She wants the statue of her sister planned for Statuary Hall to show her “determination and forcefulness.”
Jennifer McClellan projected to be first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress
A leading voice on abortion and voting rights in the Virginia legislature, McClellan will join 27 other Black women lawmakers in the U.S. House.
Nikki Haley challenges Republican voters to send ‘a tough-as-nails woman to the White House’
In her first campaign event, the South Carolina Republican leaned on her experiences as the daughter of Indian American immigrants and as a former governor with experience on the foreign policy stage.
Nikki Haley has to navigate race and gender like few GOP presidential hopefuls
The former South Carolina governor and ambassador to the United Nations is one of a handful of high-profile women to have sought the Republican presidential nomination.
A 1993 family and medical leave law was supposed to be just the start. Thirty years later, not much has changed.
The modern shortcomings of FMLA — like the limits to eligibility and the fact that it is unpaid — were the product of legislative compromise built into the structure of the law.
Rep. Nancy Mace warns her party to adopt a more ‘centrist’ abortion agenda or lose women voters
The anti-abortion South Carolina Republican wants her party to welcome exceptions to abortion bans, back expanding access to contraception and find "common ground" with Democrats. It's not clear if anyone is listening.
How New Mexico child care workers got the state to invest in their industry
The advocacy and grassroots campaigning by the state’s predominantly Latina workforce could offer a roadmap for workers and officials in other states looking to craft and pass solutions to the child care crisis.
The first post-Roe March for Life showed anti-abortion activists are far from done
Anti-abortion activists celebrated the end of Roe last year. Ahead of its anniversary, they’re setting their sights on federal restrictions.