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The positive side of presidential politics

Welcome to Red Mom Blue Mom, ParentDish's special coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. Each Tuesday through November 4, columnists Rachel Campos-Duffy (Red Mom) and Ada Calhoun (Blue Mom) will take on issues relevant to parents on both...

Will obesity in a pregnant woman sway her kid's vote?

I gotta tell ya, after reading this article, it's doubtful. Possible, sure--anything is--but doubtful. I love Olivia Judson, the biologist and oft-contributor to the New York Times. She brings out the science nerd buried not so far within me. Her...

John McCain bails on meeting with Jenny McCarthy

Presidential nominee John McCain allegedly had a date set with actress Jenny McCarthy. The topic of their discussion? Not love but, rather autism, and specifically the link between the condition and the use of thimerosal in the vaccines McCarthy...

Sarah Palin has a name for your baby

Are you having a baby but haven't yet figured out what to call the little bundle of joy? (Hey, I understand -- despite having the best names ever, our son Tuolumne Ezra was several days old before he had a name.) Could it be that you just don't think...

Political onesies all the rage

If you can't get political enough this season, then perhaps you can share even more of your opinions via your baby's tummy. That's right, world, just when we thought we'd said "ENOUGH!" to all the witty slogan T-shirts out there (no longer...

A convention is NO place for a baby!

OK, is it me or is a national convention no place for a baby? As was widely covered (yet not as much as the Democratic National Convention, interestingly), the Republican National Convention showcased many of Sarah Palin's children (and a would-be...

Bullying bill hits legislation in New York

Possibly just in time for back to school, last week Republicans introduced a bill to the Senate the stop bullying in schools. The bill includes language to cover harassment of students based on sexual orientation as well as transgender students in...

Sex education bill's sponsor teaches 14-year-old about sex

Scott Muschany, a Missouri state representative, has been indicted in connection with a sexual assault on the fourteen-year-old daughter of a state employee with whom Muschany was romantically involved. Muschany is married with two children of his...

Megan McCain gives her dad one more vote for Father's Day

Here's a Father's Day gift most of us cannot give: Megan McCain, daughter of Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain, has changed her voter registration from Independent to Republican, for her dad. "I did this as a symbol of my commitment to my dad...

Politics and family lines

As a Canadian citizen, I'm typically only marginally interested in American politics. Sure, we live next door to the most powerful nation on Earth, and the policies of the leader of the United States will inevitably impact our economy, our political...

Taking kids to the polls

Last night, Rachel and I took the kids to go vote. When we walked in to the polling place, a neighbors's garage, the first thing the poll worker did was to hand Jared and Sara each a demonstration ballot. She showed the kids how to mark their choice...

Rudy Giuliani to voters: "leave my family alone"

Rudy Giuliani wants voters to judge him based on his performance, not on what his family thinks about him. When asked how he could "expect the loyal following of Americans when you are not getting it within your own family, " the Republican...

Devoted Republicans name baby "Georgebush"

Some people really love George W. Bush. Like Doris and Daniel Neeway, for instance. When it came time to name their baby, they wanted to choose something in honor of their president. But I suppose George, Bush, or even Dubya, felt too traditional,...

Living in red states bad for kids' health

The Every Child Matters Fund recently released a report in which they ranked the childrens' health of all 50 states. They found that kids living in the bottom ten states -- all states that voted for George W. Bush in 2004 -- were "twice as likely to...

Happy penguins, or liberal political animals?

Leave it the Guardian, UK, to examine the political subversiveness (or lack thereof) of children's cartoons. In the wake of comments by Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that Happy Feet, the penguin dancing movie, is full of "far-left" liberal propaganda,...

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