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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...
Ruth Martin's picture

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...
Kelly Singleton's picture

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,...
Kelly Singleton's picture

Are you sure? Really sure?

September 25, 2012
I'm a person who likes to double check – everything. Since becoming a mom, I’m now more of a triple checker. I double and triple check car seat buckles and diaper supplies. I double and triple check schedules with my husband, and I double and triple check if my daughter needs to go to the bathroom before we get in the car. Today on National Voter Registration Day , I’m double checking, triple checking my voter registration status -- and making sure my friends and family are also empowered to register to vote or double check their voter registration status. The election is only 42 days away...
Ruth Martin's picture

Member Voices: The Dryer Buzz Heard 'Round the World

September 18, 2012
So, speaking (as I did in my previous post for MomsRising) of meaningless lip service politicians pay to how amazing women, mothers, and wives are, did you hear about the latest foot-in-the-mouth moment on the presidential campaign trail? (At least the particular foot in question was probably wearing a clean sock.) Although I certainly wouldn't give it the Todd-Akin-Full-Tilt-Political-Gaffe Stamp of Approval (please tell me you've seen Taylor Ferrera's incredibly catchy song, " Legitimate Rape " on YouTube), Ohio Governor John Kasich's comment at a Romney rally about how political spouses (...
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Member Voices: They love us, but do they listen to us?

September 14, 2012
I was inspired to write this, my first blog post for MomsRising, after witnessing much of the last couple weeks of American Democracy in Action on TV: the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. It actually was rather entertaining—the total lack of objectivity from any pundits, regardless of which "news" channel I watched; the lame jokes (my personal favorite being the somehow simultaneously angry-and-bored Reince Priebus's bellowed quip about how President Obama has never seen the inside of a lemonade stand, which doesn't make sense to me because no one has seen the inside of a...
Kelly Singleton's picture

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