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6 01, 2012

Hey Ron Paul Fans: Leave Huntsman’s Daughters Out of This!

By | January 6th, 2012|2012 election, Adoption, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|17 Comments

Last time I checked I thought that using candidates' children as targets of attack was pretty much off limits, especially after the 2000 presidential campaign when supporters of George W. Bush engaged in "push polling" to suggesting that John McCain's daughter, Bridget, who was adopted from Bangladesh, was actually an African-American child he [...]

4 01, 2012

Michele Bachmann is Out. Or Is She?

By | January 4th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

It was really just a matter of time until Michele Bachmann’s presidential race was over.  I had a sense that things were close when her children showed up with her on interviews right before the Iowa Caucuses.  When a candidate starts appearing with their extended family mid-campaign, it’s almost never a good sign.  [...]

4 01, 2012

Rick Santorum: The “Bain” of Mitt Romney’s Existence?

By | January 4th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Who really won in Iowa last night?  Sure, Mitt Romney was declared the official winner of the Republican Iowa Caucus.  But I have the feeling that Rick Santorum is doing a political happy dance right about now, after basically producing a tie with the so-called Republican frontrunner. Voters endured weeks of spinning and [...]

3 01, 2012

Iowa 2012: Batten Down the Hatches

By | January 3rd, 2012|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  In just a few hours, the caucusing for both Republicans and Democrats will start in Iowa, officially kicking off the 2012 presidential primary season.  I have no doubt it's going to be a long and bumpy road between now and November. There's been a lot of chatter on the talking head shows [...]

2 01, 2012

Iowa Caucuses: Do They Really Matter?

By | January 2nd, 2012|Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Pundits, journalists and politicians alike have been talking about the impending January 3 Iowa Caucuses to the exclusion of almost everything else over the holidays, with the exception of Anderson Cooper, of course, who kept us amused with his annual New Year's Eve date with Kathy Griffin. But just how important is Iowa to the [...]

26 12, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Ilina from Dirt and Noise: Involving Your Children in Your Political Passions

By | December 26th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Welcome to the latest installment of BlogHer's series Why I'm Political. I know lots of people steer clear of the world of politics or anything that makes you think about one more televised candidate debate! But the political means a lot of different things to different people, especially women. I learned that as I was [...]

16 12, 2011

Plan B & HPV Vaccines: Do Either of These Belong in a Presidential Race?

By | December 16th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

In presidential campaigns, we expect to hear the candidates weigh in and spar on issues like the economy, taxes, military spending -- those issues that impact all of us and which the federal government has some role in dealing with.  But when it comes to making specific reproductive health decisions for our daughters, why do [...]

9 12, 2011

Is Rick Santorum Getting a Pass Because He’s a Dad?

By | December 9th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Moms on both sides of the political aisle are well-acquainted with the heat high profile women candidates, who happen to be mothers, take when someone raises the "Who's taking care of the kids question."  It's something I devoted a whole chapter to in my book, Mothers of Intention. Even before she was a candidate, Hillary [...]

6 12, 2011

Newt Gingrich Has Got Scrooge & the Grinch Beat!

By | December 6th, 2011|Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized|4 Comments

What do you get if you cross Ebeneezer Scrooge and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?  Why, Newt Gingrich, of course! Well, at least in demeanor, if not in actual appearance.  You may recall that old Ebeneezer was a man who thought eating too much was a wasteful sin and the former Speaker of the House [...]

5 12, 2011

Herman Cain is Done. Or is He?

By | December 5th, 2011|Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Herman, Herman, Herman. Where do I even start with the end of the strange political journey of Herman Cain and his now-defunct presidential campaign?   Cain announced over the weekend that he was suspending his presidential bid because reports of certain lady problems were creating unwanted "distractions."  His speech was an odd combination [...]

29 11, 2011

Herman Cain’s Sex Life: I Don’t Want to Hear About It

By | November 29th, 2011|Changing the World, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

I've been trying not to bang my head against the computer over the latest in the 'Herman Cain Tries to Go to Washington' saga.  My already-brewing migraine has to do with the revelations of his supposed thirteen-year affair, but not for the reasons you might think. I'm not holding a possible affair against [...]

28 11, 2011

Twittering Teen Ticks Off Governor

By | November 28th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

If your high school senior goes on a school field trip to learn about state government, but isn't a fan of the governor or his politics, what's the best way to express that? (a) A senior thesis on political discourse, (b) Blow off steam with his or her classmates on the bus ride home, (c) [...]

21 11, 2011

Dear Super Committee: Here’s a Little Advice

By | November 21st, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|7 Comments

Compromise is not a word that a lot of people on Capitol Hill understand these days.  That's particularly true when those who are entrenched in their own view of things can't climb out of those trenches without a 12-foot ladder. The so-called "Super Committee" -- aka the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit [...]

18 11, 2011

“Princess” Nancy Pelosi Should Be King

By | November 18th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain isn’t really making a name for himself as a champion for women. With allegations from at least four women that he sexually harassed them, and possibly sexually assaulted one, you’d think he’d dial back the anti-woman rhetoric, especially in the series of never-ending debates the Republicans are having [...]

17 11, 2011

Pizza: Capitol Hill’s Favorite Vegetable!

By | November 17th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

I am so glad I don't have to worry much anymore about how to get vegetables into my daughters diet -- I just need to have her eat more pizza and fries at school! Well, at least that's what some Republicans on Capitol Hill would like us to believe.  Trust me -- I'm [...]

14 11, 2011

Parenting and Politics are Making Me Tired

By | November 14th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

OK, I know we’re all tired.  We’re parents … being tired comes with the territory of night feedings, night terrors and nights waiting up when our kids are old enough to drive. But what I’m really tired about is the news.  I know that’s a bit surprising coming from someone who dubbed herself [...]