The Parental is Political

Our guide to government, politics and advocacy in your area.

Squeaky wheels often do get the grease, especially when working on a micro level at your school board or town hall. Use these government and political resources to make a difference in your community.

Guide to Political Party Platforms
OK, you may affiliate with one particular political party, but be honest -- are you really aware of where the party stands on all the issues? Or for that matter, where the opposition stands?

Local and State Government Contact Information
Have a grievance about local laws, policies or proposed state and local programs? This website is an excellent resource for those who want to contact the right people voice their concerns or their accolades (How much does that happen?...I have no idea!) This site lists where you can contest local taxes, your state senator, your state legislative, judicial and executive branches, state and county agencies etc. Armed with this information, there's no reason not to complain now!

U.S. Senators Contact Information
Wanna bitch to your state's U.S. senator, but were too lazy to find out who your U.S. Senator is? (If that's the case - shame on you!). The Imperfect Parent spoon-feeds you this crap. How awesome are we??? State senators are also listed.

U.S. House of Representatives Contact Information
And for those of you dying to contact your House Representative, I give you kudos for evening knowing what they do! For those of you that don't, a brief lesson will follow so you can look smart at your next cocktail party. Even has a nifty link that brings up your House Rep in your state coupled with a handy email link. Think about it, you don't even have to walk away from your cold brew to bitch. That rules!

Which Side Are You Leaning?
Take this political quiz if you're too lazy or uninformed to pick a side on your own. Find out which party you should root for:

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posted 02/27/2013 at 08:36 AM

Michelle Obama for President 2016?

The First Lady appears to making a grand publicity tour and media blitz of unprecedented proportions for a First Lady in effort to kick off the first year of her husband’s second term as president. With her latest appearance being an Oscar Awards presenter, many are now wondering if First Lady Michelle Obama is being […] Read the rest...
posted 02/18/2011 at 09:08 AM

Breastfeeding vs. formula feeding; Sarah Palin and the Obamas duke it out

The mamasphere and politcos are beside themselves today. The left is fuuuuhhhreakin’ out because Sarah Palin made a “joke” about Michelle Obama’s latest nutrition cause du jour, breastfeeding. Michelle Obama wants all mothers to breastfeed lest their children be sick and dumb. Sarah Palin’s retort? “It’s no wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody you need […] Read the rest...
posted 01/22/2010 at 08:38 AM

Indiana Child Support Bill Moves Forward

A little over a week and a half ago, I posted about a bill being proposed in Indiana that would collect winnings won in casinos by parents who are behind in child support payments and handing them over to the kids. Last Wednesday, the bill moved forward to the state Senate: The Senate Judiciary Committee […] Read the rest...
posted 01/16/2010 at 05:00 AM

Now, Is This Really Common Sense?

In Glasgow, Scotland, a new regulation states a parent must escort children under 16 years old to the washroom in places such as restaurants. and any other “licensed” restroom. What are they afraid of? Children being snatched? Pretty sure most 14-16 year olds can handle going to the bathroom by themselves. “While children are in […] Read the rest...
posted 01/12/2010 at 05:00 AM

Mothers Gather In Iran For Peaceful Protest, Get Arrested

A group of mothers in Iran gathered in peaceful protest against anti-government protests resulting in their children’s deaths and were then arrested. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, citing an eyewitness account, said more than 100 police and plainclothes officers broke up a gathering of the Mourning Mothers in Laleh Park Saturday afternoon. […] Read the rest...
posted 01/08/2010 at 05:45 AM

Jackpot! Not If You’re Behind In Child Support

In Indiana, there is a bill being proposed that would collect winnings won in casinos by parents who are behind in child support payments and handing them over to the kids. It’s getting a lot of support from Department of Child Services, Senator Schnieder and the Governor, but casinos are not on board with the […] Read the rest...
posted 10/01/2009 at 11:57 PM

One is too many.

When Roman Polanski dies, he will not be known for his brilliant films like Rosemary’s Baby or The Pianist. He will be known as a sexual predator who used his riches and fame to escape the hand of the law. Yes. It is a shame that such a brilliant talent will go down like that. […] Read the rest...
posted 07/10/2009 at 11:47 AM

Political parents weigh in: How’s Obama doing?

At just over 6 months into his presidency, Obama might be showing some weaknesses. His administration may be wondering if he’s not as fail-proof as the media and his former supporters have bragged about in the recent past. Recently, Ohio marked the first state that went for Obama in his presidential candidacy as turning. Ohio’s […] Read the rest...
posted 06/23/2009 at 11:48 PM

Unsolicited advice for Jon and Kate

The Interwebs have been aflutter over Jon and Kate Gosselin. Who did what to whom? How much of a role did the cameras play in the disintegration of their relationship? Did their greed compromise their judgment as parents and as life partners? Who cheated on whom? It’s easy to point fingers, especially since they’ve chosen […] Read the rest...
posted 05/14/2009 at 08:04 PM

Chicago Says No To BPA

Chicago on Wednesday became the first U.S. city to adopt a ban on the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups containing the chemical BPA. The Chicago City Council approved the ban on a 48-0 vote and a spokeswoman for Mayor Richard M. Daley said he intends to sign it. The ban is slated to […] Read the rest...
posted 04/17/2009 at 12:01 AM

Holy Lip Gloss Batgirl!

When I read this article in Newsweek a couple weeks ago, I had to check the dateline. April 1. Good. You have to be kidding me. This can’t be for real. It says, “Eight-to 12-year-olds in this country already spend more than $40 million a month on beauty products, and teens spend another $100 million.” […] Read the rest...
posted 04/16/2009 at 01:47 AM

A tough choice

Earlier this week, a morning scan of the headlines drew my eye to this story on CNN’s website. The long and short of it is that a family in Japan is being split up. “Why?” you ask? Because about 15 years ago, mom and dad entered the land of the rising sun illegally, became productive […] Read the rest...
posted 03/31/2009 at 09:32 PM

Someday we’ll find us a rainbow connection

Rainbow Connection – Kermit Circa 1979. Before 911. Before Hurricane Katrina. Before global warming. Before Chernobyl. Before houses worth became less than what we paid for them. Before the age of too much information. Before OJ allegedly (cough, cough) murdered his wife and an innocent bystander, before the Oklahoma City bombing, before the Columbine masacre, […] Read the rest...
posted 03/27/2009 at 01:06 PM


“Politics should not be merely a spectator sport.” ~ Lyndon Johnson I did not set out to become an activist. It just sort of happened. I was shy as a child, or so they tell me. I know my poor mother just walks around in a perpetual state of head shaking wonder that the child […] Read the rest...
posted 03/26/2009 at 10:36 AM

Tattoo Barbie: What’s the Big Deal?

Tattoo Barbie (aka the less threatening/intimidating and more palatable “Butterfly Art Barbie”) is the source of high controversy  among some parents. According to one Sacramento parent: “It’s attracting kids too young to want to expose parts of their body to show off tattoos,” Does it have a tinge of over-sexualization? Are we becoming too desensitized […] Read the rest...
posted 03/25/2009 at 11:52 PM

For Many, ‘Permanent’ Birth Control An Option

As the recession drags on and deepens, people everywhere are looking for ways to save and cut back wherever they can: the grocery bill, alternate transportation, family planning. Massive layoffs all around the country have infused uncertainty into the future in all areas. People are asking themselves: ‘Should we have a(nother) baby?” “Can we afford […] Read the rest...
posted 03/19/2009 at 01:46 PM

Condoms or Piggy Banks? Experts say it’s easier to talk about sex than money.

Over at, John D. Sutter is talking about how experts’ observation that the “sex talk” is easier than the money talk for most families. Really? Really?!?! Is it easier to impart basic wisdom to our kids about where babies come from than it is to explain basic concepts of finance? I’m not so sure […] Read the rest...
posted 03/07/2009 at 02:47 PM

Nadya Suleman and the Proposed Georgia Bill

Will the Octo-mom saga/drama never cease? Everybody knows this story by now and others that have spawned from it. Nadya Suleman, the single mother who gave birth to Octuplets recently and has an additional six kids, has inspired a bill in Georgia that would limit embryo implants for in-vitro procedures. Hudgens’ plan, which was co-sponsored […] Read the rest...
posted 02/11/2009 at 11:39 AM

Belly up to the Bar?

This has been the second toughest week of my life. The relationship that I thought was going to last forever has fallen apart, largely at my own hands. Friends and family are taking sides. Stuff is being divided. Schedules are being drawn up. Lawyers and therapists and judges, oh my! Mommy needs a drink. And […] Read the rest...
posted 01/23/2009 at 02:39 AM

This is your brain. This is your brain on Elmo.

The folks over at Cognitive Daily have posted an article featuring yet another batch of studies that tell us that kids under two shouldn’t be watching TV. The studies they cite show that toddlers who are given clues to find hidden objects via TV are less successful at finding the objects than the children who […] Read the rest...

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