It’s Thursday! Can you believe Thanksgiving is just one week away?
I am starting to sweat all the holiday stuff: Making gift lists, scheduling a time to take family photos for the Christmas cards, planning menus, and trying to make sure I don’t fall off the exercise wagon.
When do you start your Christmas/holiday shopping? As of now we have only purchased two gifts, but I have ideas for several others. On the day before Thanksgiving DD and I are taking our very first trip to the American Girl store! We are joining some friends for lunch there, so it will be more of a recon mission as I try to figure out which AG doll will be Maya’s first.
Did I mention my husband will turn 40 just 11 days before Christmas?? Oy. The only thing he really, really wants is a ridiculously expensive bicycle frame. Any other gift ideas to share for a milestone birthday?
In the news: political mom bloggers got a shout out in this CNN story, which featured Joanne Bamberger, who occasionally posts here as PunditMom. A snippet:
Tackling heated discussions, educating yourself about issues and getting candid about candidates can be difficult, even for the politically inclined. But political mom bloggers have taken the challenge to a new level: combining the delicate art form of being a parent with being politically active, and including their children in the entire process.
“I think it’s really important to raise children with a sense of public responsibility,” Judy said. “One of the values I want to instill in my son is this idea that as an American citizen, he’s responsible for paying attention to what the government is doing so later, when he’s old enough to vote, he’s empowered to make rational decisions.”
Looks like Arizona might just be a swing state in 2012, thanks to that turd of a law SB 1070.
The architect of 1070, state Sen. Russell Pearce (R-AZ), became the first-ever Arizona legislator to be recalled earlier this month, and now Campbell says there’s a moderate and Latino voter base in Arizona that’s reemerged after 1070.
The law, along with other what Campbell called “extremist” measures from the Republican-controlled state government (including Gov. Jan Brewer’s war on the state’s independent redistricting board) have left the GOP in bad shape among the electorate and Democrats looking better and better.
He pointed to record-high turnout in municipal elections like the Phoenix mayoral race which put Democrats in office across the state this month. Those results were fueled in part by huge turnout numbers from the Latino demographic, Campbell said, and in part by a more moderate base that’s had enough.
What do you think? Has the GOP overplayed its hand this time around?
What’s on your mind today? Chat away!