“Suffrage is the pivotal right.” - Susan B. Anthony
Celebrating 90 years of women's right to vote by casting my ballot this morning.
It isn't equal if it's sometimes
I want a real democracy
Imagine all the people
Could love equallyThe last time I paid serious attention to the VMAs, the big political statement to watch for was who was wearing the red AIDs ribbons. Of course, Gaga's star could quickly fade, but at least she's using her fifteen minutes to draw attention to issues she cares about. And yes, I love her music, too.
"But there is a deeper, more fundamental difference between Fiorina and Palin for that matter and Boxer, a difference that brilliantly illuminates the current debate about whether any woman in office is a plus for feminism. It's the difference between the candidate's autobiography and what's good for the people she would like to represent."
"Their sheriff is no hack. And the department she oversees is quietly but steadily assuming a transformational role - not just to jail people until they are spun back out to the streets, but to give them the tools to keep them from returning. She's produced a 44 percent reduction in the recidivism rate among Suffolk inmates."
The June 8 elections put women candidates in the spotlight and on the ticket from Maine to California. Though these candidates are not united ideologically, yesterday’s elections give us an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate women in today’s political landscape....Women comprise only 17% of the U.S. Congress. A mere 12% of our governors are women. And as we know, it is the governor’s office more than any other public office that leads to the Presidency.I appreciated Sen. Barbara Mikulski on calling any year the “Year of the Woman”: "Calling [it] the Year of the Woman makes it sound like the Year of the Caribou or the Year of the Asparagus. We're not a fad, a fancy, or a year."
“I don’t believe that most Nebraskans want to continue a policy that not only encourages but requires people to be deceptive and to lie. The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy does just that...It also encourages suspicion and senior officers to look the other way. In a military which values honesty and integrity, this policy encourages deceit.”Pelosi is key to the DADT repeal.
Blaine "is already the office favorite," says McIntosh. He carries a stuffed duck in mouth, sits in on staff meetings and lounges in the legislative bullpen.
I really enjoyed The State Dinner. White House was amazing, 1st couple were inspiring and having Beyonce perform at the end was phenomenal
“White House officials were so eager to squash any speculation that Elena Kagan was gay that they have ended up in a pre-feminist fugue, going with sad unmarried rather than fun single, spinning that she’s a spinster.”
Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to permit gays and lesbians to wed just after midnight today, when Cambridge City Hall welcomed more than 250 same-sex couples who hugged, cried, cheered, and applied for the marriage licenses many thought they would never see in their lifetimes.There remains 36 states that ban the recognition of same-sex marriages or partnerships. But, I'm hoping this is a sign of the turning times:
Outside City Hall, 10,000 supporters and onlookers gathered to witness the historic event, spilling off the grounds of City Hall, and clogging Massachusetts Avenue. Police in riot gear lined the street, but the anticipated clash between protesters and supporters of gay marriage never came: All but a handful of opponents stayed away.
While this is indeed welcome news, I've been disappointed at the liberal embrace of such a short sighted offering from Obama to the LGBT community.
I see this simply as another "Stupak" compromise, throwing a bone to LGBT families for failing to include critical coverage and tax exemptions in the final Health Reform bill (see the New York Times Bucks blog: "Gays May Still Pay More for Health Coverage").
Additionally, a "rule" issued by the current president is not a permanent fix, and can be undone with the stroke of the next president's pen, as President Obama as demonstrated with lifting the Global Gag rule and easing the restrictions on stem cell research. In such a politically divisive time, I'm looking for something to hang my future on, not "hope for the best" when the next president takes office.
But if in the end if it’s about what is realistic, and how Hillary could have the greatest impact on society, most would agree she could have the greatest political influence by hanging around for a couple of decades casting votes and writing opinions on the Supreme Court.
GLENN: But I don't understand the thinking of Scott Brown last night with his two daughters and national TV audience when he says this.
BROWN: And just in case anybody who's watching throughout the country, they're both available.
GLENN: And did you see me naked in Cosmo? Okay. Stop. Stop. Listen, listen, listen. Listen. I want to chastity belt on this man. I want his every move watched in Washington. I don't trust this guy. I'm just telling ya.Pictured left is a photo of Cindy McCain who contacted the NOH8 campaign offering to lend her public support for marriage equality. As explained on their website:
Aligning yourself with the platform of gay marriage as a Republican still tends to be very stigmatic, but Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn't matter - marriage equality isn't a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue. It's about human rights, and everybody being treated equally in the eyes of the law that runs and protects this country.
Everything was going great, but there was one thing that we remained curious about. Latina writer Sandra Guzmán provides some background:
“While President Obama's staff was preparing Sotomayor for the confirmation hearings, the team covered all of the potentially explosive questions and briefed her on every minute detail, including how to dress for the cameras. They even advised her to keep her nails a neutral shade, which she did. But on the day of the White House reception celebrating her appointment, Sotomayor asked the president to look at her freshly manicured nails, holding up her hands to show off her favorite color: a fire-engine red. The president chuckled, saying that she had been warned against that color.”
My editor, Mimi Valdés, tells me that in many Latino families, red is a very important and symbolic color. It's seen as an "adult" color, and it's even considered inappropriate to dress a little girl in red. For many, the color is very much a point of pride.
We knew about the judge's love for the color red, so we made sure to tell the manicurist for our shoot to bring lots of red nail polish. But we weren't sure if it would end up in any of the photos. During the shoot, there was a moment the judge made a gesture, and Mimi and I looked at each other. Platon saw it, of course, and captured her hand on her heart--and we had our cover.
I love this photo. To me, it looks like she's taking a pledge. It looks like she understands how historic this is. What this means not just for her, but for millions of other people. And, I like to think, it looks like she's now able to proudly show off... that beautiful color red.