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We Digress: To Discuss Blake Lively’s “Preserve”

Topic: We digress | See All | By CJP | July 29, 2014

Blake Lively,

You’re gorgeous.  You’re brilliant (?).  You stuck with Serena van der Woodsen through her ill-advised political internship (left).

So why, WHY, does your website look like it belongs to a shepherd in Park Slope?   The beards, the meats, the weathered…everything.  Ugh.

If you’re looking for CJP’s input, and who’s not, may we suggest:  Relaunching as; Creating content like “How to have my amazing beach hair;” or, “Here I am in Cannes”; And  shooting a few cooking videos in your kitchen and calling them, “How I make amazing food with my amazing husband, Ryan Reynolds.”

Easy.  Breezy.  Can’t wait to read it!

Oh, and if you don’t want to change what you’re doing, then OWN it gurl.  You’re Blake Lively.


Register to Vote by Monday, Arizona, Florida and Washington Janes!

Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | July 26, 2014

Are You Ready to Vote?Life is all about planning, ladies.  So if you live in Arizona, Florida or Washington state, set an alert on your phone for this Monday, July 28th, the **last day** you can register to vote for your August primaries.

For the hows, whens, and wheres of it all, click on over to CJP’s handy state-by-state guide on everything you need to know about registering to vote in your state.     For the why, like “why should I bother?”  Just look in the mirror– isn’t her future worth it?

Why Didn’t Michelle Nunn Take Her Husband’s Name?

Topic: Women in Politics | See All | By Patricia Murphy | July 24, 2014


Yes, that’s a real question bouncing around conservative circles and now being posed to Michelle Nunn (the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Georgia) by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Here’s the exchange, deep within a larger piece about Nunn’s candidacy:


“This question has been making its way through GOP-oriented websites: Why has Michelle Nunn not taken the name of her husband, Ron Martin?

“Given the precarious state of their demography in Georgia, Republicans can’t ask the question openly – not without ticking off desperately needed  young voters. So I did it for them. Nunn said she was well established professionally when she married 13 years ago. “It really, frankly, didn’t occur to me to change my name,” she said.”


The suggestion among some conservatives seems to be that Nunn decided that her maiden name is  better to use than her husband’s name in a political campaign since her father served in the Senate from Georgia for 24 years.  Is that breaking news?  Of course it’s better.   It’s the same reason Coke calls new drinks things like “Coke Zero,” instead of “Sweet, Sweet Saccharine Cola.”  It’s a proven brand.

The other suggestion afoot is that Nunn might have kept her maiden name because she is…..liberal.  Shhhhhhh.  Don’t tell.  To that we say, is George Bush, son of George Bush, also a liberal?  He didn’t change his name either.

For full disclosure, CJP is also a married lady who failed to take her husband’s name, for a variety of reasons.  First. “Citizen Politics Lawyer”  just didn’t sound right.  Second, the cow in CJP’s dowry had a modern streak and suggested the idea.  CJP blames the cow.

Georgia Janes- It’s Election Day (Again!)

Topic: Voting | See All | By Patricia Murphy | July 22, 2014

It’s like deja vu all over again, but yes, it’s election day in the Peach State.  But wait, didn’t you vote in May?  Yes, you did.  But this is the runoff election for every dynamic duo that didn’t get 50% of the vote the last time around.

The top of the ticket will feature the GOP runoff for Senate between David Perdue (right, who used to run Reebok and Dollar General, but not at the same time, unfortch) and Jack Kingston, the congressman from Savannah whose kids love to talk about how cheap he is (which just sounds like good parenting to CJP.)  The winner will run against the Democrat, Michelle Nunn, in November.

Anyone can vote in today’s runoff *as long as you registered to vote by April 21st.*  Check your registration, polling station, and everything else you need to know to make yourself matter HERE. 

Polls close at 7, so you can still make it before you meet the girls for a drink.  DO IT!!

Michelle Kwan Goes From Nagano to Jackie O

Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | April 17, 2014

Here’s what CJP knows:  We will always curse the day that sweet, precious Tara Lipinski stole the gold from Michelle Kwan in Nagano.  We will also curse the day that sweet, precious Sarah Hughes stole the other gold from her in Salt Lake City.

But here’s what we didn’t fully understand before reading Nick McCarvel’s piece about Michelle Kwan in today’s Daily Beast:

In the eight years since she retired from figure skating, Kwan has gotten a masters degree, gotten married, and gotten a job at the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs.  She is also now campaigning alongside her husband, Clay Pell, who is running for governor of Rhode Island, and just might be the state’s next first lady.

In short, Michelle Kwan is still doing everything better than you.

Who are we kidding?  She is still doing everything better than everybody, and that’s why we love her.  See the full story at the Daily Beast.  It’s well worth the read.


Why Women Don’t Vote for Other Women

Topic: Morning Jane | See All | By Patricia Murphy | April 8, 2014

Wendy Davis is losing the women’s vote in Texas by eight points at the moment.  In 2010, Meg Whitman lost the women’s vote by a huge margin in the California governor’s race. So did Sen. Blanche Lincoln when she ran for reelection in Arkansas in 2010.

It begs the question:  Why do some women lose the women’s vote?

It often comes down to one reason:  Politics.  If a pro-choice Democrat runs for office, a pro-life Republican is really just not likely to vote for her, and vice versa.  Another reason, according to several women I spoke to for this story, is that female voters often hold a woman candidate to a higher standard, looking at her makeup, her hair, her husband (if she has one), and asking who is taking care of her kids while she’s out campaigning all day and night.   (Ease up ladies, it’s just politics!)

I learned a lot from speaking with women who worked on other women’s campaigns, and thought this pretty much summed up the response when one woman loses the votes of her sisters:

“It was devastating.”

You can read the whole thing at the Daily Beast.

In D.C., It’s Out With Gray, In With the Lady

Topic: Women in Politics | See All | By CJP | April 2, 2014


Muriel Bowser- damn lady!

The 41-year old Washington, D.C. city councilwoman won last night’s Democratic primary after being the first to announce she’d challenge the sitting mayor of Washington, Vincent Gray.   Bowser took Gray down with 44% of the vote to Gray’s 32% after nearly all of Gray’s first term was shadowed by ethics charges related to his first run for mayor.  Among other things, Bowser promised voters that she would be a “trustworthy” leader.

A curious profile of Bowser in Wednesday’s Washington Post calls her “driven, talented, bright,” but also implies that she is aloof and prominently quotes a friend saying, “Muriel is not someone I would invite to my card game.”  Um, OK.  CJP is not a big cards-girl, but even if we did want to get a game of gin going, who wants to play cards with the mayor anyway?

Bowser now goes on to face David Catania, an independent city councilman, in the November general election.  If she wins, Bowser would be the city’s second female mayor, following Sharon Pratt Kelly’s term in the ’90s, which was also dogged by ethics charges.

Healthcare Deadline is Today, Sort Of

Topic: Health Care | See All | By CJP | March 31, 2014

It’s March 31st, which means today is the last day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act or face a fine on this year’s tax return.

If you already have health coverage through your college, parents, job, COBRA, spouse or some other source, go about your day.  BUT, if you are currently uninsured, today is the day that the “individual mandate” you’ve heard so much about starts to affect you.

If you are not at least “in line” to enroll for insurance by midnight tonight, you’ll pay either $95 or 1% of your income on your 2014 tax return, whichever is higher.

There are a number of ways to sign up for health insurance, but the easiest is to go through  (assuming it doesn’t crash).   You’ll need to have lots of personal financial information handy and should also be prepared for the fact that you’ll be forking over some money, in some cases, a decent amount of money, to get covered.

And that extension the Administration announced at the end of last week?  That just applies to people who at least try to start the process by today.  So go ahead and get in line ladies, or be prepared to pay the tax man next April 15th.