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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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Ron Swanson

What the heck happened in the Speaker’s race??

In case you missed the DC melt-down of the last few days, or you're still shaking your head, you're not alone. Like Ron Swanson, we're all wondering what the heck just happened. So really - in case you missed it, on Thursday, Congressman McCarthy goes into a meeting as the easy shoe-in for the next Speaker of the House and comes out angry and no longer a candidate. … [Read More...]

Jason Chaffetz

It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you

You might have seen the recent news about Congressman Jason Chaffetz, current chair of the Oversight committee, and the babies agents at the Secret Service. The Secret Service got their knickers in a knot when Chaffetz scolded the director and the agency for some embarrassing security lapses at the White House earlier this year. (And booze-fueled, taxpayer-funded hotel … [Read More...]

Gordian knot

Medicaid funding and Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been in the news an awful lot right now - as they should be. Utah's Obamacare Medicaid expansion in Utah has also been in the news. While both Planned Parenthood and Medicaid expansion deserve posts of their own, there is one thing that has been overlooked in the current news stories: the connection between the two. Forty-one percent of PP's … [Read More...]

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is rock solid!

I love watching Carly Fiorina! Whether she wins the presidency or not (and I hope she does), she is displaying what it means to be a rock solid candidate, always on message, and as US News and World Report said "unflappable." I bet her campaign and her messaging will be studied for many election cycles to come - she is THAT GOOD. According to that same US News and World … [Read More...]


Science – or a PR campaign? Why Americans give birth in hospitals.

Thanks to shows like "Call the Midwife" and births of royal babies like little Charlotte, delivered into the hands of midwives, where and how women give birth is getting some attention. A recent Boston Globe article titled "Call (back) the midwife" explores why it's normal in England (and many other places, frankly) to have babies delivered by midwives. They have a … [Read More...]


How I spent my summer

  “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain School has started and kids around the state are asked to write about how they spent their summer. Well, I'm back in school (taking 21 credits this semester - yay me!) and thought I'd write about my summer. … [Read More...]

Josh Duggar

Ashley Madison and the betrayal of trust.

If you're like me, you'd never heard of "Ashley Madison" until very recently. Who knew there was a website aimed at married folks with the tag line "Life is short. Have an affair."?! But there is such a website. They  promised security to their tens of millions of users in exchange for the chance of illicit encounters. The first mistake their customers made was signing … [Read More...]

Katie and Alice

There’s more to me than politics

It surely must come as a shock to some people that there is more to me than political punditry. After all, Holly on the Hill is pretty branded to one issue. Some of those other aspects have been grabbing more of my time and attention lately. I'm also Holly in the Home, Holly the Humanitarian, Holly on Women's Leadership (not nearly as catchy, I'm afraid), Holly the … [Read More...]

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