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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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It's time for moms to ask the questions!

October 23, 2012
Are you headed to a town hall event, election forum, or did you just run into a candidate at the grocery store? Take along our handy list of sample questions that you can use to ask the candidates about issues that are important to women and families. Find out where your candidates stand! And, you don't have to ask your question in-person. On Twitter? Check out our list of sample questions in Tweet-form below (Scroll down). You can cut and paste these directly into Twitter and Tweet them to your candidate. Let us know what happened! Did you ask a candidate a question or two? Let us know how...
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Women, Binders, Dinner, Oh My!

October 19, 2012
What a week! The "binders full of women" quote exploded in a wide ranging national conversation . It appeared everywhere from Facebook images going viral to people writing hilarious reviews of binders on Amazon . But while pundits analyze the "binders" issue, we at MomsRising have some additional women's economic security policy questions that must be addressed. You see, after the second presidential debate we know where candidate Mitt Romney stands on women, "binders," and home-cooked meals, but we don't know where he stands on key women's economic security policies like access to earned...
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We don't spend money on binders

October 17, 2012
That’s what we’re talking about! Last night MomsRising members cheered and jeered while watching the presidential debate and finally – finally – put a serious dent in our presidential debate BINGO cards. Healthcare, childcare, fair pay, flexible work, clean air, and family economic security were all discussed, and we were able to check the box on several of our “bonus” words too, including immigration. SEATTLE, WA- MomsRising members and kids gather at a restaurant for pizza, BINGO and debate watching. *Let's keep it up! Can you lend a hand to turbo-charge our MomsVote effort? https://action...
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Vote Early. Vote Often.

October 17, 2012
Okay, that was sort of a joke. You can’t really vote often. You can only vote once. But you may vote early if you want to! In 36 states and the District of Columbia you are allowed to vote before election day, for any reason. It’s an awfully good idea – no last minute snafu, late meeting, flat tire, sick child or unexpected crisis will stop you from getting to the polls if you take care of it in the 3 weeks between now and November 6. To see if your state allows it, check out Early Voting Rules . If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that mothers take it on the chin in lots of...
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Mothers of Intention a Must for Moms

October 12, 2012
Q uick – what come to mind when you hear “mom” and “blogger” in the same sentence? If you thought “potty training, pre-school and playgrounds,” you’re probably in the majority. But you’re also wrong. In her marvelous book Mothers of Intention , Joanne Bamberger – aka PunditMom – shows us just how wrong. A must-read before the election, this compendium of blogs shows us the breadth and influence of moms who blog, and how they’re changing the way people think about motherhood and political issues. The book contains insightful introductions to each section from Bamberger, along the full spectrum...
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Uh, hello?!

October 4, 2012
Let's face it: Last night both Governor Romney and President Obama missed a chance to win over women and mom voters. "Missing from the debate: #women #fairpay #childcare #paidsickdays #kids #moderator - #risers #momsvote #Kids2012" We're not alone in feeling this way: The above Tweet that we sent late last night was repeated by others so many times that it reached more than 127,821 Twitter accounts in lightning speed. Let's take the wheel. Put women, family economic security, and kids in the spotlight where they belong. Women and moms across the country are signing an open letter, to be...
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Debunking Obamacare Myths

October 4, 2012
We thought this post would be interesting to MomsRising readers, because especially during election season, it's important to get the facts straight about the Affordable Care Act and know how to sort out truth from fiction. For more myth-busting about the ACA, you can go to www.illinoishealthmatters.org . You can also submit a question and one of our ACA experts will answer it for you. ----------------------------------------------- A state senate candidate in Illinois has become a recent YouTube sensation with her humorous critique of the health reform law. In her "Obamacare Summed Up in One...
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Want to hang out tonight?

October 3, 2012
Want to hang out tonight? Throw some popcorn with us! Tonight, at 6pmPST/9pmEST, we're going to be playing a national game of Presidential Debate BINGO with thousands of moms, dads, kids, neighbors, and people across the country as we watch the debate--and we'd love for you to play too! * Get your BINGO card here: http://www.momsrising.org/page/moms/bingocards Here's how it works: Every time a candidate talks about an issue on our BINGO card, you mark it down on your card--and maybe even raise your bowl of popcorn, or some hot cocoa, in a cheer! We'll be keeping track of points as the debate...
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