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Mary Lyon is a veteran broadcaster ad five-time Golden Mike Award winner, who has anchored, reported, and written for the Associated Press Radio Network, NBC Radio "The Source," and many Los Angeles-area stations including KRTH-FM/AM, KLOS-FM, KFWB-AM, and KTLA-TV, and occasional media analyst for ABC Radio News. She began her career as a liberal activist with the Student Coalition for Humphrey/Muskie in 1968, and helped spearhead a regional campaign, "The Power 18," to win the right to vote for 18-year-olds. She remains an advocate for liberal causes, responsibility and accountability in media, environmental education and support of the arts for children, and green living. In addition to OpEdNews, Mary writes for Democrats.us, World News Trust, and WeDemocrats.org's "We! The People" webzine. Mary is also a parenting expert, having written and illustrated the book "The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 28, 2009 The Meaning of the Spector Switch
There's a lot more behind the leap Arlen Spector just took across party lines. And that leap spans a lot more than just the proverbial center aisle.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 25, 2009 A Tale of Two Speeches
Nothing could be more glaring than to compare President Obama's speech with Governor Jindal's Republican response. It's no wonder America has cast its lot with the Dems.
SHARE Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Three Little Words
Being big enough and honest enough to admit you made a mistake has become a presidential act. Why can't the Republicans try it for themselves?
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, October 3, 2008 Advantage Biden
Boy meets girl at the Vice Presidential debate. But while the guy was a gentleman, the gal was no lady.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 27, 2008 Whose Opening Advantage?
The first presidential debate draws little blood. But everybody came away with something - especially Barack Obama
SHARE Monday, August 25, 2008 Tears and Bookends
The Democratic National Convention opens with cheers and tears, and a welcome new look at Michelle Obama.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 30, 2008 I Dreamed I Had a Bull's-Eye on My Back
Actions, and reactions, have consequences. The UUC shootings in Tennessee prove that anti-liberal extremists can be prodded - by propaganda - into murder.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 25, 2008 The G in GOP Stands for Ghoul
Didn't somebody somewhere awhile back talk about fear itself as being the only thing we had to fear? What happened???
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 19, 2007 It Just Takes ONE
I was seriously thinking of writing this column about a crisis of conscience: somebody – anybody – tell me why I should bother being a Democrat anymore. The past several weeks have been almost literally hair-tearing. Our hesitancy about the confirmation of Michael Mukasey as Attorney General was recently validated when he stonewalled efforts to investigate the deliberate destruction of CIA torture tapes...
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2007 The Giver of Pain and Delight
The original "Star Trek" series had an episode called "Spock's Brain" - that boasts an exquisitely descriptive line that's stuck in my brain for decades. The episode explored one of those male-versus-female societal structures in which the men, savage, near-Troglodyte types, spoke of the dominant opposite sex as "the givers of pain and delight." One of those hapless men, lo these many years later, is Rudy Giuliani.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 28, 2007 The Spoiled Sports
See how they run - with their ball, straight back home. The separate decisions by Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott and ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert to bail out early from Capitol Hill has left me with visions of hot kitchens dancing in my head. Too hot, apparently, for either of these gents. Why am I not surprised?
SHARE Friday, November 23, 2007 Who's the Turkey Now?
I knew this would happen. On this week when most of America sits down to a bounteous turkey dinner, some chickens have started coming home to roost. And the taste is tender and juicy indeed.
Months ago, mid-gossip, I wrote on one of my favorite progressive political blog/chat sites that I thought we should all be keeping our eyes peeled for the "I Didn't Do It" books.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 9, 2007 The Meaning of America
I think maybe it's time to start asking the following question: What have we come to? Who do we think we are as Americans, here and now, in early November, 2007? We've got a year before we collectively express ourselves via the ballot box. So who are we, anymore?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 31, 2007 When "Brownie" Meets "Jeffie"
As a retired journalist, let me just say – I've gotta hand it to these people. As my late mother would have said, "they have more nerve than the guy who ate the first oyster." "They" in this case are our friends at the "new-and-improved" FEMA.
SHARE Tuesday, October 23, 2007 Things We Saved in the Fire
Democratic backbone these days resembles the smoldering wreckage on so many Southern California hillsides. Except in one case.