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18 09, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Marie Antoinette Moment

By | September 18th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

Ann can't help Mitt Romney anymore. She tried to paint a portrait of a kinder and gentler Mitt at the Republican National Convention. Just a boy who wanted to date a girl. Just a dad devoted to his kids. Just a husband who would care for his ailing wife, even though he wouldn't offer to [...]

14 09, 2012

Ann Romney Wears the Political Pants

By | September 14th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

  On the cover of TIME Magazine's online convention daily coverage, Ann Romney was pictured in a lovely plum-colored blouse and a pair of jeans. Or, should I say, she's wearing the pants. How apt. I'm convinced that Ann Romney wears the pants in her household, both when it comes to their family and when [...]

13 09, 2012

Is “Mom-in-Chief” a Good Example for Our Daughters?

By | September 13th, 2012|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|5 Comments

When did women get to the point where they have to declare themselves moms above all else in order to be perceived as acceptable to the public? We heard it again and again and again at the presidential nominating conventions. And if not mothers, then caretakers of some sort -- supportive friend, helpful wife. Even [...]

11 09, 2012

“Cult of Mom” Politics

By | September 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

  Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz each have two things in common. They were featured speakers at the Democratic National Convention and they're moms. I'm not bringing up their motherhood status because I think it's important. They did. I'm the first person to applaud women who are mothers who openly embrace their [...]

8 09, 2012

Five Reasons I Liked President Obama’s DNC Speech

By | September 8th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  For a Democrat like me, it was hard not to like President Obama's nomination acceptance speech at the DNC. Since it was coming on the heels of Mitt Romney's speech in Tampa for the RNC, I knew he'd be ready to take on the attacks. Five things really struck me, though, including his decision [...]

6 09, 2012

Democratic Spirits Not Dampened by Rain or Change in Plans

By | September 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

When I asked some of the volunteers at the Democratic National Convention about Barack Obama's acceptance speech being moved from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the more weather-friendly Charlotte Convention Center, I could see the disappointment on their faces. They've been working long hours all week, helping things go smoothly, cheerfully directing delegates [...]

6 09, 2012

DNC Jobs Panel: Will STEM Jobs & Community Colleges Be the Answer?

By | September 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|0 Comments

The 2012 election is about jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs. And the economy. That's what everyone says, and that's what many convention speeches are about. But what jobs? For which segments of the population? Working parents? Kids just out of college? Students trying to work their way through college? Or high school grads just trying to [...]

31 08, 2012

Mia Love: The Next Best Republican Hope

By | August 31st, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Don't we all love something new? Something hip and happenin'? Something that's so fresh that even just talking about it makes you say, "Is that even possible?" That's what the Republicans have in Mia Love, the mayor of the small town of Saratoga Springs, Utah who is running for Congress in a newly created district [...]

29 08, 2012

5 Things I Hated About Ann Romney’s Speech

By | August 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|20 Comments

So, I've already weighed in on Ann Romney's attempts to make her husband out to be all warm and fuzzy and the kind of guy you not only want to take home to the parents, but who will also work his darnedest in the White House. There are plenty of people kvelling over her speech [...]

29 08, 2012

Dear GOP: Something’s Missing

By | August 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

I watched pretty much all of the live coverage of the first full night of the Republican National Convention. I even watched it on C-SPAN so I wouldn't get the spin of my usual (and favorite) talking heads! I truly wanted to hear what so many of these Republicans were going to say, and I [...]

29 08, 2012

Ann Romney and the GOP: Courting the Mom Vote

By | August 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

Ann Romney was after the mom vote big time at the Republican Convention last night. Moms hold the country together. Moms sigh a lot. Moms worry a lot. She was a mom who worried a lot. But she trusted Mitt and she got through her motherhood experience. So all of us moms should trust Mitt, [...]

28 08, 2012

Delegate Moms: Where’s the Child Care?

By | August 28th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  As increasing numbers of women who have young children become involved in the political process, the issue of child care gets more attention. That's good as far as it goes. But with the GOP Convention going on in Tampa and the Democrats getting ready to nominate Barack Obama for a second term, I've been [...]

27 08, 2012

Going to Charlotte!

By | August 27th, 2012|2012 election, Adoption, Democrats, Mothers and Daughters, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  Guess who's going to the Democratic National Convention? Yup! I'm super-excited that I'm going to be headed to Charlotte to experience my second presidential convention and my first one with the Democrats. (I covered a Republican Convention back in my broadcast journalism days, but I won't tell you which one, as it would totally [...]

13 08, 2012

Paul Ryan for Vice President: Where’s the Sarah Palin Treatment?

By | August 13th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

What do new GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin have in common? They're both the parents of young, school-aged children. Ryan's children -- ages seven, eight and nine -- are in that childhood sweet spot. They're just old enough not to need attention every moment of the [...]

10 08, 2012

Will Mitt Romney “Go Rogue” with His VP Pick?

By | August 10th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Mitt Romney doesn't have it in him to "go rogue" when it comes to his vice presidential selection. In a way, I wish he did -- it sure would make the rest of the campaign season more interesting. But no matter who the GOP candidate ended up being, the queen of the rogues herself, Sarah [...]

26 07, 2012

Photo ID Laws Disenfranchise Women Voters

By | July 26th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|7 Comments

  Women voters beware. Right-wing attempts to push through tougher voter ID laws may keep you from voting in November. I'm not talking about zombie moms. I'm not talking about women trying to pull the wool over some poll worker's eyes in order to vote in a different town. I'm not even talking [...]

23 07, 2012

3 Reasons You Should Care About the LIBOR Scandal

By | July 23rd, 2012|Economy|1 Comment

  Have you heard about LIBOR? If so, you might be thinking it's: (a) The name of the new Spiderman movie villain, (b) The second cousin to Lex Luthor, or (c) A baby name option for the next addition to the Nicolas Cage family. With a funny sounding name like "Libor" it could [...]

20 07, 2012

The Aurora Shooting: Maybe It’s OK to be a Helicopter Parent

By | July 20th, 2012|Uncategorized|14 Comments

The shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado has parents like me thinking a lot about sending our kids to the movies. What we might have done yesterday probably won't be what we will do tomorrow. I let our 12-year-old daughter go to the movies "alone" with a friend for the first time a couple of months [...]

18 07, 2012

Six Pieces of Advice for Marissa Mayer on “Having it All”

By | July 18th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|6 Comments

Marissa Mayer, welcome to the 2012  "Having It All Olympics!" I'm sure you're feeling warmly welcomed to this corner of the world now that you've announced your Google departure and your new gig as the CEO at floundering Yahoo! And you shared more good news by letting the world know via Twitter that you're having [...]

16 07, 2012

Republicans Fear Election Zombies

By | July 16th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  Republicans see dead people. Well, they see dead people, and possibly zombies, when it comes to the visions of voter fraud that dance in their heads.  The GOP likes to conjure up images of the dearly departed to convince the rest of us that untold numbers of live voters are using their [...]

11 07, 2012

Michelle Obama’s Miami School Visit Subversive?

By | July 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

  Stay in school! Graduate from high school! Register to vote! These are the subversive messages the Obamas have been trying to get into our children's schools! Remember a couple of years ago when some super conservative Americans decried the fact that President Obama was going to make a "stay in school" speech [...]

10 07, 2012

What Obamacare Means for One Mom

By | July 10th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|2 Comments

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court, even though there was considerable media confusion about that at first. When the first reports came out when the decision was handed down, emotions ran high all across the country -- both for those who were praying for it to remain law and for [...]

3 07, 2012

“#Allhaving” – The New Work/Life Balance Discussion?

By | July 3rd, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Mothers and Daughters, Women Online|6 Comments

The work/life "balance conundrum is always a topic that's ripe for discussion because there will never be a day when parents in general, and mothers in particular, don't beat themselves up for the choices we all have to make.  Finding a new way to talk about that, especially after the recent Atlantic article about whether [...]

28 06, 2012

Supreme Court and “Obamacare”: A Win/Win for American Families

By | June 28th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

American families across the country are breathing a major sigh of relief. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as "Obamacare") is constitutional and that Congress was within its power to mandate that Americans buy health insurance or be subject to a financial penalty. Now, there are all sorts of [...]

26 06, 2012

Pixar’s “Brave”: Why are We Forgetting Mulan?

By | June 26th, 2012|Feminism, Mothers and Daughters|9 Comments

Princess Merida in Disney/Pixar's new movie Brave is a strong girl. She has brains. She's headstrong. She knows her own mind. She is physically strong. She's an accomplished equestrian. She doesn't want an arranged marriage. She's smarter than the guys (except for when it comes to dealing with a magical witch). The media buzz about [...]

25 06, 2012

Arizona Immigration and the Supreme Court: Not Really Good News

By | June 25th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  The Supreme Court surprised me this morning by ruling that Arizona lawmakers had overstepped their bounds when trying to pass immigration legislation known as SB 1070, reinforcing that the Constitution provides that immigrations laws are only to be made by the federal government, not the states. The bad news is this -- [...]

25 06, 2012

Working Mother Smackdown? Moving This “Debate” Where It Needs to Go

By | June 25th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|4 Comments

Anne-Marie Slaughter meet Sheryl Sandberg. No, that's not them in the photo, but the latest working mom discussion makes me wonder how long it's going to be until we're all at each other like these two lades. Not so long ago, Facebook exec Sandberg announced to all working mothers in America than if she can [...]

24 06, 2012

Women “Having it All?”: Our Culture of Exhaustion

By | June 24th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|8 Comments

We haven't had a guest "mother of intention" for a while, but my wonderful friend Carol Schiller was sharing some amazing thoughts about the recent "debate" about whether women can have it all.  So I persuaded her to share her thoughts with us, and she's probably going to be sorry, because after this, I'm going [...]

22 06, 2012

Working Mothers: Having It All vs. Wanting It All

By | June 22nd, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|0 Comments

Is The Atlantic magazine trying to horn in on the "mommy wars?" After two articles on working mothers vs. stay-at-home moms in the last week, I'd have to say yes. Except that while one of the pieces is really just tossing a new log on an old fire, a new piece is worth a read [...]

19 06, 2012

Stay-at-Home Moms Caused the War on Women?

By | June 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics|0 Comments

  Excuse me, moms. Have you ever stepped off your work or career path to be a full-time stay-at-home parent? If so then you, like me, are to blame for the impending demise of feminism. At least that's what one so-called social critic is trying to get everyone to believe. Just when you [...]