Meet Our New Political Bloggers

Moms MatterOne thing I've heard over and over again is that you want fair, non-biased reporting on the upcoming election. You're tired of media bias and spin, and you want to hear about the candidates and the issues and decide for yourselves what you think about it all.

You should know that, behind the scenes, it is very important to us, and to me as your election correspondent, to make sure that happens. We at CafeMom are only trying to convince you of one thing -- that it's important to turn out at the polls and vote in November. Your vote is your voice, and we want all of your voices to be heard.

Leading up to next year's presidential election, though, there are many conversations to be had, no matter where you stand on the political spectrum. To help get some of those conversations started, CafeMom has put together a team of five political mom bloggers.

Each week, I'll give you an idea of what out political bloggers are going to be writing about -- they'll all weigh in on the same topic. Then you should be sure to check back every day to read what each of our bloggers has to say on the issues. We hope you'll chime in on how you feel in the comments and help keep the conversation going.

Here's this week's topic: How has being a mom shaped, changed, or enhanced your political views?

And now, meet the bloggers ...

 

jenny erikson

Jenny Erikson, a Conservative Christian, is a Southern California wife, and mom to two girls. She believes that America is incredible, the free market rocks, and that the government spends too much of our money irresponsibly. She's Pro-Life, thinks global warming is a hoax, and wants the government to stay out of her kid's lunchbox, among other things.
You'll also find her at The Stir

 

iliina ewenIlina Ewen, a Progressive Liberal Feminist, is the daughter of immigrants, and mom to two sons, ages 6 and 8. She's a creative spirit (and neat freak) who has been accused of having a bleeding heart and ideological sense of the world, but she's okay with that. Being a mother has made her a fierce advocate for education and nutrition. She believes in a woman's right to control her body, that marriage isn't reserved for heterosexuals alone, and that God and politics are mutually exclusive. She also thinks this country would be more balanced with a third party. Ilina lives in North Carolina.
You'll also find her at Dirt and Noise

 

nadia jonesNadia Jones, a tried-and-true Democrat, is mom to three kids. She's also a lawyer, law professor, and blogger. She cast her first vote at the age of 30, shortly after she became a naturalized citizen. Since then, she's volunteered for Obama for America and served as a volunteer Voting Protection Attorney for the Florida Democratic Lawyers Council in 2008. She lives in Florida.
You'll also find her at Justice Jonesie

 

christine luhnowChristine Luhnow, a Moderate Republican, had a career in TV news as a reporter and producer before switching to politics. She spent her time identifying moderate Republican candidates -- and helping them get elected. She's pro-gay, pro-stem cell, and pro-choice but wants to make sure there's enough money in the till to pay for good schools and keep our bridges aloft. Christine lives in St. Louis and is a single mother to a 13-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.
You'll also find her at Moderate Moms


lori zigantoLori Ziganto, a Social & Fiscal Conservative. In addition to being a political observer and blogger, Lori is a home-schooling mom to a 9-year-old daughter. She refers to herself as one of those "icky fiscal and social Conservatives." Lori enjoys an infamy among the so-called feminist writers of the mainstream press, which pleases her immensely. She also very much enjoys the evil substances known as salt, red meat, and bacon. Lori lives in South Carolina.
You'll also find her at Red State, Human Events, That's What She Said and Big Journalism.


You'll be hearing from each of these moms throughout this week -- and this whole election year -- and I for one can't wait to read each of their takes on the issues.

In the meantime, is there any particular topic you'd like our political blogging team to address?

 

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Linds... LindsayFerrier

Well, our political bloggers will definitely be biased- What we're trying to do on that front is give a voice to as many sides of the issues as possible. As someone who's actually talking with candidates, though, and giving you information, I think it's important for you to know that I'm personally about as non-biased as it's possible to be. I typically see both sides in any argument, and I've always thought that that made me particularly well suited for reporting. :)

zandh... zandhmom2

On this site, 99% of the articles are left leaning so I don't understand the bitterness toward Jenny Erikson. Oh well.  Lindsay, my only question right now is why are Jenny's articles on The Stir the only ones that say OP-ED?

mskay... mskaylatwilight

eh theres only one pro life girl up here...thats horrible...wtheck...''im a blogger for cafeMOM but yet i think its ok for women to kill there babies up to 9 months'' HOW WONDERFUL.


 

DebaLa DebaLa

Sounds like a great forum, Lindsay; well put together. Hold onto your hat...


One thing that snagged my eye, tho, was the "unbiased reporting" and "political bloggers" in the same sentence. All humans, let alone bloggers, are biased in some subliminal form. To say this is a bias-free zone is, well, highly commendable, but equally unrealistic. Politics IS another form of religion, and ANYone can find SOMEthing to justify their deeply felt beliefs. It's called Confirmation Bias, and no one escapes it alive.


So, we may as well relax and by comfy with ourselves and not be afraid to speak our minds, engage thoughtfully, give credit where credit is due, without the stigmatising word "biased" hanging over our screen names.


Just a personal "bias" of my own: if WOMEN formed one party that satisfied a small spectrum of core issues, things would change dramatically. 'Cause we all know women know how to GET THINGS DONE... efficiently and compassionately!

nonmember avatar Gertie

Good luck with this one, Lindsay. I don't envy you.

Stacey. Stacey.

LMAO at Jenny Erikson ....she's the one that said:


"Isn’t a warmer climate better for growing food, and therefore better for humans anyway? Sorry polar bears, but my kids’ access to healthy food is more important than your inability to adapt to melting icebergs."


http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/129395/climategate_scandal_proves_global_warming?next=21


Basically she is a joke, who wouldnt know her ass from a hole in the ground. Can we get someone with mroe than 1 brain cell to give us FACTS not opinions with no basis whatsoever?

Stacey. Stacey.

Other than that I look forward to hearing these other ladies opinions. It will be nice to be able to get a few other opinions on what is going on besides the everyday "breaking news" news shows.

nonmember avatar Diana

JR Crossman - as if the other described contributors are not biased far to the left, as you would like them all to be? Because the media is so skewed to the left, you have become use to only hearing thoughts and opinions that mirror your own. In addition to reading Jenny, you should watch Fox News. That will help retrain into accepting other points of view - or at least being able to hear them or read them!

JRCro... JRCrossman

Diana:


Huh? You may want to proof read before you try to school me on anything. 


 

nonmember avatar steph

no military mom bloggers?

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