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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 [...]

6 03, 2012

Rush Limbaugh & The GOP: You Can’t Take Back “Slut”

By | March 6th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|14 Comments

The last two news cycles have been filled with reports of  Rush Limbaugh's  so-called "apology" to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.  No doubt, you've all heard by now that Limbaugh's faulty understanding of how the birth control pill works (Rush, it's not like Viagra, which we know you know a lot about), led him [...]

1 03, 2012

Democrats to Court Suburban Moms. Will the GOP Come Calling, Too?

By | March 1st, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|2 Comments

Women decide elections. That's a fact that's been proven by a variety of studies.  Yet, political parties and candidates often don't want to engage with women in any meaningful way.  And when it comes to women voters who happen to be moms, well, it's just been easier for so-called political masterminds to put [...]

10 02, 2012

Birth Control Fight Isn’t About Freedom of Religion

By | February 10th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|5 Comments

Vocal Catholic bishops and members of the religious right community want America to think that President Obama has launched an all out assault on religion with the announcement that employer-provided health insurance policies have to cover birth control without a co-pay. They're yelling, stomping their feet and have taken to the airwaves to [...]

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 [...]

14 10, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Uninsured and Pregnant, by Casey of Moosh in Indy

By | October 14th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention|26 Comments

I haven't had any guest posts written specifically for Mothers of Intention for a while.  But when my friend Casey (you may know her better as Moosh in Indy) told me about her current insurance situation, I asked her if she would become a Mother of Intention for me.  About two seconds later I had [...]

1 08, 2010

If You Can’t Trust Andy Griffith on Health Care, Who Can You Trust?

By | August 1st, 2010|Republicans|0 Comments

Come on -- you know you trust Sheriff Andy! If Aunt Bea was still around, I think she'd like it how things are working out with Medicare better than they did with that medicine man!

23 06, 2010

I Could Have Told Walmart That Moms Are the Key to the 2010 Election

By | June 23rd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

I don't think I've ever specifically said that 'Walmart moms' are the key to the 2010 election.  But there have been plenty of studies showing that women in general, and mothers in particular, hold a lot of sway not just with household spending, but also at the ballot box. The release of Walmart's study for [...]

7 04, 2010

WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair: China Edition

By | April 7th, 2010|Changing the World|9 Comments

My friend Susan, better known around these parts of the bloggy-sphere as WhyMommy who writes at Toddler Planet, is one of my heroes because she doesn't take any crap from cancer.  She's having surgery today for a recurrence of her Inflammatory Breast Cancer and a few of us wanted to show our support by talking [...]

3 03, 2010

Nothing is Going to Change Until We’re in the Room

By | March 3rd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|27 Comments

White guy, white guy, white guy, white guy, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, white guy, white guy, white guy who looks like he just ate a sour pickle. That's my one line description of the health care summit the president called last week to try one more time in the spirit of harmony and [...]

25 02, 2010

If On-Air Posturing Gets Us a Step Closer to Health Care Reform, I’ll Take It

By | February 25th, 2010|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|7 Comments

I could sit here and write a long post about all the reasons we need real reform (I'm starting to hate that word, but I don't have a better one) -- but our individual stories are the things that may ultimately get through to all those at the Health Care Summit. If we stop talking [...]

29 01, 2010

Political Quote of the Week

By | January 29th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on health care reform: "As I said to some friends ... in the press, we will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn't work, we will parachute [...]

27 01, 2010

“Send the Men Home” — Is it Sexist if It’s True?

By | January 27th, 2010|Democrats, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

How can we get health care done?  Easy, if you believe some women in Congress: I heard about Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's (D-N.H.) comments before they hit the mainstream media yesterday, thanks to XM Radio channel POTUS (Politics of the United States!) -- send the men home and we just might  get health care reform done! [...]

19 11, 2009

Three Reasons I Think My Head Will Explode

By | November 19th, 2009|Changing the World|8 Comments

I usually do a good job of sticking to one topic in any given post.  But there is so much going on at the moment, I feel like my head will explode: 1. My very new friend Anissa, whom I've admired from a afar in the blogosphere for some time, had a stroke this week.  [...]

5 10, 2009

Want to Read the Health Care Bill?

By | October 5th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats|1 Comment

Think you have then stamina to read the Senate Finance Committee health care bill that will probably get voted on later this week? Here are all 262 pages of it. I'm going to try to take a stab at it after my panel on Gaining Power through New Media.

25 09, 2009

Michelle Obama – The New Secret Weapon on Health Care?

By | September 25th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|7 Comments

In the battle for health care reform, the White House has unleashed its new secret weapon -- Michelle Obama!  She gave an amazingly inspired speech to the White House Council on Women and Girls last week.  The First Lady shared the speaking duties with three women from around the country who shared their stories that [...]

2 09, 2009

So Many Mothers of Intention, So Little Time!

By | September 2nd, 2009|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|3 Comments

There are so many Mothers of Intention out there in the blogosphere these days, that I wanted to highlight a few recent, amazing posts that are must-reads.  I am proud to call these three women friends, even though I don't get to see them in person all that much!  But they have three different issues [...]

4 08, 2009

What’s a Good Source for Understanding the Health Care Bill?

By | August 4th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Moms & Politics|8 Comments

Now THAT's the $64,000 question, isn't it?  But that's what my friend Susan (aka WhyMommy) from Toddler Planet asked me  and I didn't have a good answer at the ready. Sure, you can read the original 615 page bill if you're battling insomnia. Oh, and don't forget to search for the boxes upon boxes of [...]

31 07, 2009

Health Reform — You Say ToMAYto, I Say ToMAHto

By | July 31st, 2009|Changing the World|12 Comments

Things always get a little heated in the nation's capital this time of year.  July and August along the Potomac tend to be humid and steamy and that makes it hard for anyone to compromise and negotiate in a bipartisan way.  Not to mention that it's awfully difficult to find happy people when they're all [...]

23 01, 2009

Fair Pay and Health Care for Kids are Closer to Reality

By | January 23rd, 2009|Equal Pay|2 Comments

As I started to write this post, I realized I was at a bit of a loss. I love writing about fair pay for women, health care for children and better schools, but I just couldn't help wondering why there's still a need to be writing about them? I'd like to think that in 2009, [...]

16 10, 2008

Mothers of Intention — Pre-existing Conditions, by Susan of Toddler Planet

By | October 16th, 2008|Mothers of Intention|2 Comments

With the last presidential debate behind us, it's not time for all of us to make the decision -- who are we going to case our ballots for in three weeks? Today's guest Mother of Intention, Susan from Toddler Planet, (who is also a fellow DC Metro Mom!) has a few things to say about [...]

1 08, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards for President

By | August 1st, 2007|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

If you want straight answers to straight questions, then Elizabeth Edwards is your gal.After hearing her speak at last week's BlogHer conference, I know if she was the one running for president, she would be getting my vote -- hands down.Not only is she exquisitely tuned in to the issues many of us think are [...]