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A Teachable Moment About the U.S. Election - Thanks to Foreign News

November 5, 2012
Driving this morning with my nine year-old, as we half-listened to the BBC news on the radio, yielded a nice teachable moment. They advertised their round-the-clock election coverage of the U.S. Presidential race. It sounded momentous and a little urgent. I took their tone for granted, but I’m glad my daughter, Sophia, didn’t. Here’s how the conversation followed: Sophia: “Mommy, why would the BBC care about the U.S. election? It’s not their country.” Me: “That’s such a good observation. It’s our election, but the whole world is watching.” Sophia: “Why?” Me: “The United States is the...
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Call me?

November 2, 2012
"Hey, I just met you, so call me maybe…” is on our running playlists, and calling is on our minds because the election THIS COMING TUESDAY! There's no "maybe" about it: We're definitely calling--and we'd love it if you did too! THE LOWDOWN: MomsRising staff, volunteers, friends, family, neighbors, and others are each taking a few moments between now and Election Day to call busy moms across the nation to remind them that the election is this Tuesday so they can make a plan to vote! Want to make a few calls? It's easy. All you'll be doing when you call is reminding busy moms that Tuesday is...
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Vote Like Your Future Depends on It

October 31, 2012
This election season is extracting an enormous toll from candidates and citizens alike. Pressure is always intense in a Presidential year, but this year is different. Airwaves and Internet hammer away with news of poll after poll, minute campaign details and endless tit for tat. The presidential race, Senate and House races — even local campaigns — all occupy space in national media. Twenty e-mails appear in my inbox by noon each day, all URGENT and all pleading for funds. The money flow is mind boggling. According to followthemoney.org , state races alone have raised almost $1.2 Billion...
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I Am Voting For My Son's Health, His Future

October 30, 2012
I'm the proud mother of two wonderful boys with bright futures. Unfortunately, one of my sons has a serious pre-existing condition: cystic fibrosis. For him, access to health care is the key to that bright future. That's why I'm voting in November's election and why I'm urging everyone who cares about kids with pre-existing health conditions to vote too. Parents of children with pre-existing conditions have to act today to protect our kids' futures. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation , approximately 30,000 children and adults have cystic fibrosis and about 1,000 new cases are...
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The Elephant in the Living Room

October 29, 2012
There's an elephant in the living room, and she's getting impatient. While many politicians stand ready to support the stabilizing impact and economic importance of gender equality overseas; too often those same politicians turn their backs on gender equality policies here at home. In the last debate, for example, which centered on foreign policy, Governor Romney had no qualms saying that pushing forward "gender equality" is one of the top four ways that the U.S. can help push back terrorism in other countries. Elephant family discusses how to support the kids and make trunks meet while...
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Binders

October 26, 2012
By the time you read this, we will have survived the third and final debate and we’ll be in the final countdown to Election Day. But I can’t help it, people: I’m still shaking my head over Mitt Romney and his binders full of women. Of course I am thankful, along with so many voters, for the comedy it inspired. Yet at the same time, I’m saddened by what it says about how far we women have really NOT come since Virginia Slims launched its 1968 ad campaign with the catchy tagline, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Funny how that particular jingle should spring to mind, with its dark double message...
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How many women will be elected to Congress?

October 25, 2012
We know that women in public office bring their life experiences to the task of policymaking, which is why it's so urgent that we elect more women -- and more moms -- to Congress. To raise the visibility of this year's record 163 women nominees for the US House, The 2012 Project, where I'm campaign manager, is sponsoring a contest to predict the number of women elected to Congress. Our goal is to hit 20 percent women in Congress, which means electing 87 women total in the House on Election Day. How many women do you think will serve in the next Congress? Don't miss the chance to win fabulous...
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URGENT: Time is running out for the 2012 election!

October 24, 2012
The 2012 presidential election will be over in less than two weeks. We don't want to wake up on Wednesday, November 7th wondering if we could have done more to get out the Mom Vote in this election. So for the next 13 short days we're working practically around the clock to make sure moms' voices (and votes) are heard in this election. Can you help? A contribution of $20.12 or more will enable us to take our MomsVote campaign full force into election day: https://action.momsrising.org/donate/support_momsvote/ *We're almost to our fundraising goals, but we can't stop in these final days. Moms...
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Decorative Gourd Season - Electoral Pumpkin Style

October 24, 2012
I love this time of year because a whole bunch of my favorite things all come together: Pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween, cooler weather, elections and… electoral pumpkins! What the what? What is an electoral pumpkin? A weird band? A polling firm? No – electoral pumpkins are my go-to election season stress reliever. Let me explain. A few years ago during a particularly stressful campaign, I found myself doodling and sketching out campaign signs while looking across a table at a pumpkin and thought – I’m gonna put this campaign sign on a pumpkin and…voila! Since then, I've really come to think...
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The federal budget: A high-stakes love story

October 24, 2012
In 2011, I taught two summer courses, directed a federal budget research organization and paid taxes. Taxes are the dues I pay for living in a democracy. Like you, I contribute at the local, state, and federal levels. I want us to fall a little bit in love with the federal budget and there’s no better place to begin than understanding where our federal tax dollars go. So, I’d like to tell you a story – my story – of how the federal budget – our tax dollars – affects my life. Meet my children. My daughter is six going on 33, a courageous, big-hearted cyclone. My son is four. In one instant,...
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