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Holly on the Hill

Author. Activist. Speaker. Mother. Trying to make a difference in my little corner of the world. Like Margaret Thatcher, "I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph."

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340B

340B and why you should care

At any one time in Washington, D.C. there are thousands of individual battles going on over hundreds of issues large and small. Most of the battles these days seem to form along partisan red and blue lines -- but not always. Recently, a program cryptically named “340B” has become subject of one of those battles. 340B is a government-mandated program that ironically … [Read More...]

Brand-new mama, April 30, 1986

Motherhood ‘Help Wanted’ Ads

This is the motherhood ad I thought I was answering when I was young and naïve and not yet a mother. Wanted: Loving mother to raise beautiful, perfectly behaved children. Expect 100% cooperation, starting with newborns who sleep through the night, and ending with teenagers who count you as their best friend, with never a cross word and certainly no "attitude."  You and … [Read More...]

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An avalanche of U.S. Postal Service problems 

Every now and then I get asked to do fill-in duty on Red Meat Radio, 860 AM from eight to ten on Saturday mornings. Recently I had the chance to catch up with Phil Kerpen, a free-market policy analyst with American Commitment, to talk about the growing concerns related to the U.S. Postal Service. During our conversation, Mr. Kerpen recounted just how depressing the Postal … [Read More...]

Dove

Which door would you choose?

Which door would you choose? Which door would your daughters choose? Which one would you choose for your daughters? We are all beautiful - now we need to choose it. … [Read More...]

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Naming a section of I-15 for Speaker Lockhart is not a diss to veterans

One of the bills that sailed through the legislature this year was HB 385, Memorial Highway Designation, that would take a small portion of I-15 and name it the Rebecca D. Lockhart section of Veterans Memorial Highway. I-15 became the Veterans Memorial Highway in 2012. It stretches the length of the state, some 400 miles. The section in question is a small portion of … [Read More...]

Women in Leadership

We need women leaders everywhere

Have you ever heard of the “Mommy wars?” It’s the sad, judgemental insecurity-laden false narrative that pits mothers against each other to see who can be the best. Homebirth or hospital birth, breastfeed or bottlefeed, preschool or not, work outside the home, work in the home (something EVERY woman does, of course) or do outside work from home, pursuing a college … [Read More...]

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Final countdown: One Theme to Rule Them All

The 2015 session is close to adjourning sine die. As we come the end, there is one word I have heard more than any other to describe this year. WEIRD Some bills passed that are uber-conservative (opt-in sex ed, anyone) and some that are a lot more middle of the road (primary seat belt law?!). There's no Becky Lockhart. There's no Jen Seelig. The legislature … [Read More...]

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Countdown: 2 good bills

On "sine die" Eve, I wanted to talk about two bills that I really like. SB 157, Government Records Amendments, deals with transparency and access to government records. It does a couple of things. It modifies the process of appealing the denial of a record request and allows petitioners who were denied by a governmental entity to more easily appeal to the State … [Read More...]

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