Katherine Dudley Hoehn
Katherine writes from her home office, with the help of her adopted chocolate lab. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, she has spent most her her government relations and nonprofit career inside the Capital Beltway where she also raised two amazing sons.

Stories by Katherine Dudley Hoehn

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | September 20, 2012 | 46 Comments
Video: New ad hits Sinema as “Prada socialist”

Sometimes a candidate’s own words are the greatest tools a campaign has against them.  The presidential campaigns seem to have figured that out, and now in a local congressional race the tactic is being used.  Former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker came out of the multi-candidate field in the District 9 GOP primary the winner, and is now tasked with taking down Kyrsten Sinema in the general election.

This may be a taller order than it should at first appear to …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

What is it about band-aids?  Little kids love them.  They invent “boo-boos” just to wear them.  My sons coveted the super-heroes ones, barely tolerated smiley faces and abhorred the girly ones.  Band-aids get reactions.

Band-aids have come to signify covering up problems or temporary efforts that don’t address the real problem. Preparing for a dinner party, I sliced my thumb severely.  Somehow managing not to bleed into the food, I excused myself multiple times during dinner to replace spent band-aids, and …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

I spend a lot of time in my garden and I often witness the frogs in my pond sneak up and eat unsuspecting bugs. I am starting to feel a little like someone is trying to take a bite out of me. Strangely, I feel like I am the bug and the frog is big government. But as I imagine, a lot of Americans feel that way.

This is serious stuff and we need to understand what is …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

My pond is the part of my garden that brings me the greatest happiness.  That all changed today, and I blame it on President Obama.

I found the dog in the fishpond, frantically chasing a chipmunk that was loudly screeching warnings while backstroking away from JAWS.  The dog had unearthed the large rocks around the waterfall that had protected the chipmunk’s vacation rental.

Boulders were tipped on their sides or were in the water.  My plants were dislodged, submerged, …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

In Newsweek magazine, Joel Kotkin refers to millennials as “the Screwed Generation.”  Well, Mr. Kotkin, you are talking about my sons and I don’t like that tone.  

Many things are bad, but that choice of words implies finality.  Let’s not put their futures in the past tense.  Things can change and I know how determined my progeny are to make sure that happens.  Screwed?  Or uncorked?

Most issues Kotkin …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Since June 2009, men have gained 80% of the net jobs created in the US.

More startling is that in June there were 5,785,000 unemployed women – 780,000 more than in January 2009. 

This feels like the old “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” thing – the handmaiden left holding a bouquet of wilting flowers while the bride goes off on a fabulous trip.  Where are our jobs?  Our families are suffering.

Rejection is tough.  I know.  I have been …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

You can do better.

I worry about you.  Your choices, the things you thought you were looking for, have changed; what you thought you were getting is not what you got.  The past four years of this administration have been like a bad boyfriend that you haven’t quite been able to give up, but you know you need to.  He’s the kind that makes your Mother sigh and say, “You could do so much better.” 

The scenario plays out …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Surprise!  We’ve been duped, fooled and misled into believing that Obamacare is good for America.  Sadly, unlike April Fool’s Day or reality TV, we will be paying for it for more tomorrows than are imaginable.  Rather than enjoying a good laugh at a YouTube video, some of us will be crying; instead of receiving royalties, we will pay royally.

Moms don’t like to be punked unless it’s a good spoof with no residual damage.  Under Obamacare, all women, …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
fast and furious

The Fast and Furious debacle and the tragic death of Brian Terry needs to be settled soon.  Not only am I tired of hearing about it, but I am tired of feeling powerless to affect this situation gone awry and cringe at the thought of the bad messages it is sending to our families and the world.

Children reach a sassy age and learn that when expressing displeasure or boredom with adults, they can do so wordlessly by …

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn | July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

This was hard to write but it needs to be said.

Like most other moms in America, this morning I read the CBO report that came out this week entitled “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2008 and 2009.”  Absolutely, didn’t you?

“Why?” you might ask.  Well, while drinking my coffee and reading The Washington Post earlier this week, I came across this headline, which intrigued me greatly, “In 2009, Americans paid lowest tax rates in 30 …