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Jean Carnahan
Writer, speaker, and political activist, Jean Carnahan is also the co-creator of the progressive political blog, After her husband, Gov. Mel Carnahan, was elected posthumously following an airplane crash in which he was killed along with their son, she served in the U.S. Senate, taking the seat previously held by Sen. John Ashcroft.

The former first lady of Missouri is the author of If Walls Could Talk and Don’t Let the Fire Go Out. Her son, Russ, is a member of Congress and her daughter, Robin, is Missouri’s Secretary of State. Tom Carnahan is founder of Wind Capital Group, a wind energy company.

She is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in Business and Public Administration. She resides in St. Louis.

Entries by Jean Carnahan

The Day My Cell Phone Drowned

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 11:49 AM

My iPhone and I have been inseparable for years. I call him Kenny. His apps have brightened my days and his news feeds kept me in touch with the world.

We were so close... and, then, it happened. When I stepped into the bathtub, Kenny leaped in before I could...

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Damn, I Miss Erma Bombeck

(25) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 4:06 PM

Erma was there for women in the sixties, picking up where Dr. Spock left off, giving stay-at-home moms a chance to laugh off the tribulations of diaper rash, carpooling and mouthy kids.

I was so in hopes we'd grow old together. Since her departure in 1996, I've had to...

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The Tide Always Comes Back

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 2:38 PM

A book's title is a writer's pick up line. We yearn for the potential buyer to pick up our book, admire its colorful jacket, examine the blurbs, and leaf the pages as our words leap forth, nimble and irresistible. We want readers to whisper softly with Humphrey Bogart: "I think...

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New Year's Letter from God

(22) Comments | Posted December 31, 2007 | 4:23 PM

Dear Creation,

With a New Year just around the corner, I want to clear up some things that have been troubling Me. There is a wicked and blasphemous rumor floating around the Universe that I Am a card-carrying Republican. Finally, I want to settle the question: Who are You?

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Words for Lusty Larry

(312) Comments | Posted August 31, 2007 | 11:55 AM

The next time you're in a public place and some politician peers into your eyes, broadens his stance, taps for your attention, and begins spouting "family values" rhetoric, run for the nearest exit.

Since Larry Craig was once a co-worker of mine in the U.S. Senate, I feel...

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Beware: Republicans on the Playground

(11) Comments | Posted May 21, 2007 | 11:45 AM

Back in grade school, you could acquire considerable status if you had some distinguishing feature that set you apart from others.

For instance, we were all envious of Rodney. The wimpy fourth-grader did not have much going for him in looks or smarts, but he was double-jointed -- a much-admired...

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Scandals and Scalawags

(12) Comments | Posted May 8, 2007 | 5:44 PM

Madam Palfrey's revelations, once billed as a bombshell, appear to be fizzling out with no one higher than a "senior official" being fingered.

For the disappointed, let's take a stroll down memory lane.

Among Capitol Hill "sexploits" occurring in the Seventies are a couple of doozies that...

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Time for a George W. Bush Memorial Statue

(147) Comments | Posted April 30, 2007 | 12:25 PM

Washington parks are dotted with bronzed warriors, each perched upon his mount, charging forth to battle. Legend has it that there is an "artist's code" when it comes to depicting heroes and horses. If one hoof is raised, the hero was wounded in battle; two hooves, he died in battles;...

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So You're Still a Republican?

(69) Comments | Posted April 18, 2007 | 4:22 PM

I almost feel sorry for my Republican friends.

They once belonged to a respectable political party that could be trusted from time to time to run the country--with some oversight of a Democratic congress, of course.

Now, that the GOP party bus is out of control, careening downhill headed for...

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