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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 . 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: 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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The Presidential Debate You Won't Hear

October 3, 2012
The U.S. education system is what made this country prosperous in the twentieth century -- but no longer. Perhaps no issue is more urgent than this, yet for all the talk of teacher’s unions and testing, real education programs, ideas that will matter, are nonexistent this election season. Flickr/ Joe Shlabotnik During the last century, the best education system in the world allowed this country to grow briskly and lift standards of living. Now, from kindergarten to college, public education is chronically underfunded. Scarcely 2% of the federal budget goes to education, and dwindling public...
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You and four friends: NOW is the time to help make sure everyone's registered!

October 2, 2012
Large groups gathering in Iowa in the early morning hours? People camping out in Ohio before the doors open? Click here to help register 4 more! It’s starting! Early voting has begun: In Iowa, voters have been able to vote since last week . And when I flipped on the radio this morning, I heard that early voting begins today in Ohio. In fact – some folks in Ohio even camped out Monday night so that they could be first in line to vote today . I’m excited about this – but I’m not going to lie, I’m also a little anxious too! My friends, family, and neighbors are all talking about voting on...
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Member Voices: It's Time to Make Time

October 2, 2012
Dear Romney/Ryan Campaign, Recently, while appearing on "Fox News Sunday," vice presidential candidate and Congressman Paul Ryan declined, yet again, to explain the specifics of the Romney/Ryan tax plan. The claim is that Romney/Ryan tax reform will be "revenue neutral," because the tax cuts they want to make would be balanced by closing presumably unfair or exploitable loopholes in the tax code. (To me, this begs the question, if there are unfair loopholes in the tax code, why not just close them, full stop, regardless of accompanying tax cuts?) In more specific terms, Ryan said that...
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Single women’s votes can determine the election outcome

September 27, 2012
The votes of unmarried women can determine the outcome of this election. The gender gap is real. Since 1980 a higher percentage of women than men have been voting for a given candidate, and they have tended to vote in higher percentages for Democrats. But that’s not the whole story. There is even a larger gap between married women and those who are single, divorced, separated or widowed. The gap between those women and married women is a whopping 34 percent (except those over 65) according to Page Gardner of Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote. These are precisely the women who are the most deeply...
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Member Voices: Invisible Privilege

September 26, 2012
My mother tells me that our family is distantly related, through her father's side, to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, brothers famous for collecting and publishing fairytales that Disney later made even more famous. One of their lesser-known stories has been on my mind lately, mainly because I think it's an excellent metaphor for how social privilege works; social privilege has been on my mind lately because the incredibly privileged Mitt Romney recently called about half the country useless, lazy schlubs (I'm paraphrasing here). The story is called "The Elves and the Shoemaker," and it goes,...
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