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Marilyn Katz
Marilyn Katz is the president of MK Communications, Inc a political and issues strategy firm and a partner in Democracy Partners. An activist, author, columnist and political consultant she has been in the midst of political movements since her student days in the 1960s. Walking, as the Chinese would say, on both feet, on the side she studies and teaches pilates

Entries by Marilyn Katz

Beyond Pundits Prognostications - The Real Perils of the Paths to the Presidency

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:58 PM

If there is any consistency among the views of those who earn their living by prognosticating about elections, it is that Donald Trump's path to become the Republican presidential nominee is fraught while Hillary Clinton's win is virtually assured. "Will Trump Be Dumped?" read the headline of Maureen...

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What Was Won and Lost in Steven Salaita's University of Illinois Settlement

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 4:25 PM

My heartiest congratulations go out to the Center for Constitutional Rights and their client Professor Steven Salaita, who deservedly was awarded $875,000--far less than the assumed amount of wages he would have garnered over the next few decades as a tenured professor--by the University of Illinois to settle the lawsuit...

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As Nabisco Ships 600 Jobs out of Chicago to Mexico, Maybe It's Time to Give up Oreos

(67) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 5:18 PM

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I may have to give up one of my longest-standing indulgences: the dunking of an Oreo cookie in cold milk (whole is preferred). I don't do this lightly, as I have been dunking those deliciously wicked...

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Women vs. the Catholic Church Round 2: Whose Rights Was the Constitution Written to Protect?

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Exactly who -- or what -- do the constitution's guarantees of freedom protect? That's the question that the Supreme Court has indicated it will take up when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor surprised many, including me, by putting a temporary injunction against implementation of the aspects of the American Care...

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Ending Gun Violence: As Always, Change Is Up to Us

(7) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 2:10 PM

300,000,000. That's the number of guns, from assault rifles to pistols, in the United States today, with the numbers rising each day as gun enthusiasts arm themselves against -- and gun control advocates hope for -- some local, state or federal action. That's one gun for practically each and every...

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In Every Crisis an Opportunity Lurks: A Two State Solution for Israel and Palestine

(216) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 4:10 PM

After a week of strafing, rocket fire and death, a cease-fire has been declared between Israel and Hamas. While all -- and most certainly the residents of both places -- will breathe a sigh of relief, but if that is all we do, that will be insufficient, simply a prelude...

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We Are Targets

(5) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 4:11 PM

Increasingly over the last days I've heard it said, this time by reputable news outlets, that the Obama campaign was 'targeting women' with the implication that it was somehow a new found and sneaky strategy.

The reality is that women have been the 'targets' of both parties for the last...

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One Sure Thing... Or What Every Woman Should Know

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 6:17 PM

Paul Ryan offered few details on most issues of domestic and foreign policy in his debate with Vice President Biden, but there was one on which he had both a clear position and a clear path: women's ability to control their pregnancies.

While women had mostly feared...

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Sometimes the Personal Is Political

(12) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 2:16 PM

Harry Reid and the Democrats are demanding that Mitt Romney make public his tax records for the past five years. Romney says the demand is "small-minded" given the challenges that America faces... but proudly claims that he has paid 13 percent of his income in taxes...

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