Intelligent discourse or guns, what’s your flavor?


By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

Note to readers: The following is not a commentary on the country’s problem/obsession with guns.

It could be “intelligent discourse on guns” but that just doesn’t happen in the US, and the reasons for that are best left for another post…

Two upcoming events that would be a great topic for a “compare and contrast” assignment in English 101 (the basic composition course in Arizona’s public higher education system) –

First up, The chair of the Federal Election Commission:

Invitation to Attend a Public Forum on Women in Politics

You are cordially invited by Ann M. Ravel, Federal Election Commission Chair, to a public forum on the challenges women face in the political arena. The purpose of the forum is to begin an open discussion with scholars, social scientists, political practitioners and the public to consider why, despite record-breaking numbers of women in the 114th Congress, women remain significantly under-represented in politics at all levels of government. To ensure a productive and wide-ranging discussion, we ask that all forum participants be ready to share their thoughts on this topic at the forum.

Public Forum Schedule

Session 1, Defining the Problem

9:00 am – 10:30 a.m.  

Why are women under-represented in elected political office?  What barriers do women face in political fundraising?  How has the federal campaign finance system helped or hurt women seeking political office?

Session 2, Crafting Solutions

10:45 am – 12:15 p.m.

How can we encourage women to seek elected political office?  Are women-focused fundraising PACs the solution?  How have other countries successfully fostered women’s participation in the political process?  What lessons can the United State learn from such programs?

  • Justice Maria del Carmen Alanis Figueroa, Federal Electoral Court of Mexico
  • Marni Allen, Political Parity
  • Victoria Budson, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University
  • Betilde Munoz-Pogossian, Organization of American States
  • Pippa Norris, Harvard University, Sydney University and the Electoral Integrity Project
  • Darren Rosenblum, Pace Law School


The forum will be open to the public and press. The forum will be held in the FEC’s ninth-floor hearing room, located at 999 E Street, NW, Washington D.C., on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:15 P.M. Those wishing to participate may do so either in person or online.


If you would like to attend the forum in person, or if you are unable to attend but would like to submit written comments, please email us at If you would like to participate online, live audio and video will be available. Links to both feeds will be available at All are encouraged to submit comments and questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #FECWIP, or in the video webinar via chat box.  

Please note that this meeting will focus solely on understanding the challenges facing women in politics. If the discussion raises issues that suggest the need to consider revisions to or adoption of Commission regulations or procedures, the Commission will address such issues through its standard, formal procedures


Contrast with The Tempe Republican Women:

Join us June 13th, 11-2PM at the Tempe Sheraton, 1600 S 52nd St, for a special summer luncheon with guest speaker Gov. Doug Ducey!

Admission is $25 for members (to cover our cost for the lunch and venue) and $50 for guests. For this event only, all guests paying for admission will get a free yearly membership to Tempe Republican Women as well (a $30 value.) Must be a registered Republican woman in Arizona. Republican men and members of other Republican women clubs will be given a free associate membership ($15 value) with purchase of guest admission.

A plated lunch is included with admission. Meal choice is Achiote Chicken. A vegetarian option is also available. Select at checkout.

We will be raffling off a new gun, donated from AZGuns of Chandler, as well as several giftcards to local restaurants. Stay tuned for more information.

Don’t miss out! Q&A will follow the Governor’s speech. Limit to 1 question per guest, unless time permits more.


Questions:  or  480-306-2545


Want a pic of the gun?

From their Twitter feed:










I would like to point out two things here:

1. Republicans in Tempe seem to have a thing for putting more guns into circulation.

2. It isn’t just Tempe Republicans.

3. As creepy as this is, IMO it isn’t as creepy as the Tempe Republican Women’s give away of an autographed pair of Joe Arpaio’s underwear –










The first event (FEC forum on women in politics) sound interesting.  However, it takes place this coming Tuesday, a work day for me, and starts at 6 a.m. Arizona time.

There might be some readers who might be enthusiastic and engaged at 6 a.m. (in any time zone), but not me. 🙂

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  1. Of the two venues, the Republican Women’s sound more enjoyable, and you might win a gun! What’s not to like? One of the most encouraging things in the last ten years is seeing the enormous number of women who have decided that guns are not to feared, but mastered.

    On the other hand, the Democrat Women’s confab sounds boring as can be. Far too serious about a subject it can effect very little.

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