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15 01, 2013

What You Should Know About Abortion on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

By | January 15th, 2013|Changing the World, Feminism, Health, Law, Politics|0 Comments

In just a few days, we will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that ruled that our Constitutional right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extends to a woman's decision to have an abortion. Whether you agree with the still controversial ruling, or opinion [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 -- [...]

21 06, 2011

Supreme Court Tells Women to Shut Up and Go Home — Again

By | June 21st, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

The Supreme Court has told one and a half million women who work at Wal-mart, in essence, be grateful you have jobs even if you make less money and get promoted less than men.  Now, shut up and go home. That was the practical upshot of the ruling in the highly-watched case Dukes v. Wal-mart. [...]

20 06, 2011

Political Word Games

By | June 20th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I had a great time meeting and being interviewed by Kelly Wallace, iVillage's Chief Correspondent, in connection with the release of my new book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. As a former broadcast journalist myself, I know that the grind of doing [...]

5 05, 2011

Supreme Court Tells Raped Cheerleader to Go Home

By | May 5th, 2011|Feminism|6 Comments

The Supreme Court of the United States just told a sexually assaulted high school girl to shut up and go home. They didn't say it in those words exactly, but that was the effect of the high court's decision not to hear an appeal by a Texas teen who was kicked off her cheerleading squad [...]

30 03, 2011

Can the Women of the Supreme Court Help the Women of Wal-Mart?

By | March 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

A couple of months ago, I wondered what would happen for about 1.5 million women when the Supreme Court got its hands on the class-action, gender-discrimination lawsuit against corporate giant Wal-Mart. That's the approximate number of plaintiffs in the case who have alleged they've been victims of institutional efforts by Wal-mart to promote men over [...]

4 01, 2011

Where to Start in the New Year?

By | January 4th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|2 Comments

The holidays have come and gone.  School is back in session.  We're all back at our work desks, ready to dig into whatever 2011 is going to bring, right? I know that's how I should be feeling, but I can't seem to stop my brain from multi-tasking long enough to focus on any one topic [...]

9 12, 2010

PunditMom’s Got a New Gig!!

By | December 9th, 2010|Changing the World, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Where have I been the last couple of days?  Working on some writing for my exciting new gig at Politics Daily and Woman Up! Check out all the fabulous women who are writing there.  Hey, cable guys -- you say you can't find enough women pundits?  Yoo-hoo!! Take a look over here!  My inaugural Politics [...]

20 10, 2010

Is 20 Years Too Long to Wait for a Smack-down Between Anita Hill and Virginia Thomas?

By | October 20th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|0 Comments

Twenty years is a long time to hold a grudge.  Not that something like that is beyond me -- tick me off in just the right way, and I can carry that grudge until it gets good and heavy!  But usually if I'm going to get into a smack-down about something that's made me mad, [...]

7 10, 2010

Has the Supreme Court Met Its Match in Fred Phelps?

By | October 7th, 2010|Women in Politics|0 Comments

I may be a member of the Supreme Court Bar, but I would not have wanted to be one of the nine justices at the Supreme Court for the arguments in the case between Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church and the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder.  The legal issue is whether [...]

24 09, 2010

Things That Made Me Mad This Week

By | September 24th, 2010|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|1 Comment

Sometimes, there are just too many things to write about and just not enough time in the day!  If I had unlimited resources, I'd be writing more about these stories that really got my goat this week: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says women aren't constitutionally protected from gender discrimination, but people of color are [...]

29 06, 2010

All Eyes on the Supreme Court

By | June 29th, 2010|Democrats, Republicans|7 Comments

It looks like it's all SCOTUS all the time this summer -- Justice John Paul Stevens is going, Solicitor General Elena Kagan is (most likely) joining, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is grieving, the Senate is attacking the late civil rights leader Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Justice Samuel Alito (and the rest of the Court's uber-conservative [...]

26 05, 2010

What Not to Wear — Elena Kagan Edition?

By | May 26th, 2010|Feminism|7 Comments

I'm a little sad that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and her White House handlers appear to have given in to the running media 'Kagan is a fashion frump/is she a lesbian' fascination. This is what Kagan looked like when President Obama announced her nomination -- boxy suit jacket in an odd shade of green [...]

19 05, 2010

FOX & Friends Ponders Supreme Court Moms

By | May 19th, 2010|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

As you may know, I've been wondering for a while whether we ought to have a mother of young children as one of the next Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. I was happy to have a bit of a "debate" on FOX & Friends about the subject, though I think I didn't get quite [...]

12 05, 2010

The Supreme Court Could Still Use a Mom

By | May 12th, 2010|Changing the World, Equal Pay|4 Comments

I'm pretty happy that President Obama has nominated another woman to the Supreme Court -- three out of nine still isn't the ratio I'd like to see of women to men, but it's a great step in the right direction. Last year, when Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the highest court in the land, I [...]

10 05, 2010

Elena Kagan Isn’t Experienced Enough for the Supreme Court? Really?!

By | May 10th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Republicans|0 Comments

Saturday Night Live had an especially timely segment on Weekend Update this week called, "REALLY?!" Government officials didn't check the no-fly list until the plane with Faisal Shahzad was ready to take off?   Really?! Two TSA agents got into a fist fight when one made fun of the other for -- *ahem* -- the size [...]

29 05, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor and the Code of Sexism

By | May 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Testy. Difficult. Nasty. Sharp-tongued. Those are just a few of the words being used by Republicans and the media to describe Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. If they ring a bell, they should -- it hasn't been long since those code words of sexism were used against another intelligent, accomplished woman in the public [...]

27 05, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor and Elle Woods Have a Lot in Common

By | May 27th, 2009|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

"Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see."That's what Supreme Court nominee and federal court judge Sonia Sotomayor has said in the past about how individual experience comes into play when deciding cases and looking at the law.Many conservatives are afraid of that approach and are going to try to convince America that [...]

22 05, 2009

The Supreme Court Needs a Mom

By | May 22nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Another woman on the Supreme Court of the United States would be good, but I wonder if a woman who is a mother might be even better! No, not one to make the grilled cheese sandwiches and make sure everyone remembers to wear their warm coats. But someone who can view cases through the lenses [...]

14 05, 2009

Can Obama Take the Heat?

By | May 14th, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

It's probably an understatement to say that the drumbeat has been building for years for another woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. And it's not just a beat anymore -- it's become a relentless pounding of women's fists on tables across the country.Common wisdom suggests that President Barack Obama will name a woman [...]

5 02, 2009

Goodyear, You Can Spare $360K for Lilly Ledbetter

By | February 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

As so many women have been basking in the glow of the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the news reports reminded us that even though Lilly has become a standard bearer for the fight for fair pay for women, Lilly herself will never see a nickel of the money that she sued [...]

2 05, 2008

May I See Your Voter ID, Please?

By | May 2nd, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

22 01, 2008

A Few Words about the Presidential Race — Supreme Court & Roe v. Wade

By | January 22nd, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|7 Comments

There are many important issues to consider when deciding who is going to get our vote for President -- health care policies, ending the war in Iraq, the economy (and, at present, the world's financial markets). Ending poverty in America, improving our education system, restoring our integrity on the world stage.But as I felt in [...]

26 06, 2007

Bong Hits 4 Bush?

By | June 26th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|2 Comments

One simple question -- what is happening to our rights?To recap just a few of the highlights from this season's Supreme Court rulings:1. It's OK for the federal government to limit a woman's right to make serious medical decisions with her doctor (women lose),2. Women have a very limited time when they can sue their [...]

24 06, 2007

Only 40 Years Ago …

By | June 24th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|5 Comments

… the President's brother and former Florida governor Jeb Bush would not have been permitted to marry his wife Columba Gallo. Former Secretary of State William Cohen could not have legally wed his wife Janet Langhart and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would never have been permitted to propose to his wife.Are you detecting a [...]

23 06, 2007

Maybe There’s Hope

By | June 23rd, 2007|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

To the dismay of many, the Supreme Court recently made it more difficult -- actually, almost impossible -- for women to sue for pay discrimination.At least one state court is showing a little spine and going the other way.Granted, the facts of each case are different, but a woman who claims to have been fired [...]

29 05, 2007

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Can’t Do It Alone

By | May 29th, 2007|Equal Pay|5 Comments

Future Supreme Court Justices.Yes, there are obviously MANY other good reasons to vote for the next President.But today's 5-4 ruling (yes, along ideological lines) is only more proof that women's rights will slowly slip away if we don't have a Democrat appointing Justices for the next Supreme Court seats that come open.Why do I say [...]