Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Maryland politician
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, is an American attorney who was the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. She ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Maryland in 2002. In 2010 she became the chair of the non-profit American Bridge, an organization that will raise funds for Democratic candidates and causes. She is a member of the Kennedy family.
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Elder Bush Plans to Vote for Hillary Clinton, a Kennedy Says
New York Times - 5 months
Robert F. Kennedy’s eldest daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, said the 41st president plans to vote Democratic in the presidential election.
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We, The Plutocrats vs. We, The People
Huffington Post - 6 months
The following is a condensed version of a speech that Bill Moyers delivered at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, on July 8, 2016, and is crossposted at TomDispatch.com. Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter -- small enough to navigate but big enough to keep me busy and learning something every day. I soon had a stroke of luck. Some of the paper's old hands were on vacation or out sick and I was assigned to help cover what came to be known across the country as "the housewives' rebellion." Fifteen women in my hometown decided not to pay the Social Security withholding tax for their domestic workers. Those housewives were white, their housekeepers black. Almost half of all employed black women in the country then were in domestic service. Because they tended to earn lower wages, accumulate less savings and be stuc ...
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Obama, Clinton Families Pay Tribute To JFK
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to former President John F. Kennedy's legacy, joining former President Bill Clinton to lay a wreath at Kennedy's grave and presenting a freedom medal that Kennedy conceived before his assassination 50 years ago this week. One on each side, Obama and Clinton held the hands of Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, as they made their way up the stairs at Arlington National Cemetery. First lady Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined the two presidents to place a wreath near the eternal flame that marks Kennedy's gravesite. Obama and Clinton placed their hands over their hearts as a bugler played taps near an American flag at half-staff. Obama made no public comments, but greeted Kennedy relatives gathered to honor his legacy ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination on Friday. The daylong tribute began earlier at the White House, where Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal o ...
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JFK’s niece questions whether Oswald acted alone
Fox News - over 3 years
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the niece of John F. Kennedy, on Sunday questioned whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating the late president.
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'JFK' explores successes, failures of presidency
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Almost all of the TV films and news specials planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy focus on that tragic November weekend in Dallas. Producer-director Susan Bellows understands that JFK's legacy isn't only about his assassination, and that's reflected in the stunning four hours of "JFK," enriched by contributions from writers, historians, politicians and others such as Robert Caro, Evan Thomas, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, John Seigenthaler, Andrew Young, Jean Kennedy Smith, Julian Bond and Sally Bedell Smith. Kennedy was ambitious and impatient, and only one of those qualities was admired in the world of Massachusetts politics when he retuned home after World War II, already a hero because of the PT 109 incident. Dynastic battleAmbition drove JFK to run against incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge in 1952 - a true dynastic political battle between the Irish Catholic Kennedy and the Protestant Republican Lodge, grandson of a U. ...
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Giselle Fernandez: An Evening of True Inspiration With Elie Wiesel (Video)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When you have an evening of true inspiration that reaffirms your faith in mankind and the core courageous values that make this nation great, you just have to share it. I had such a night during my first Jefferson Awards for Public Service in Washington D.C. Their chairman, a charismatic entrepreneur and investor in Los Angeles, Joseph Sanberg, asked that I join this prestigious organization that awarded what is the equivalent of the Nobel prize for public service to the who's who of American history makers. I had not heard of it before but learned quickly of its seismic and historic significance across this nation. The Jefferson Awards were created in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard to recognize national leaders who are change agents among us. Recipients include five Supreme Court Justices, Sandra Day O'Connor and Thurgood Marshall; seven Secretaries of State: Colin Powell and Cyrus Vance; Cesar Chavez, Oprah Winfrey and ...
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Franco Nuschese: Emerging Viral Threats: A Global Concern
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last week in Washington the unexpected took place: We gathered a diverse group of top scientists, doctors and policy experts, absent a political agenda, to advocate for worldwide collaboration to combat current and emerging viral threats. It's not just about health, it's also about how it affects economies and national security. One only needs to think for a moment about SARS and HIV-AIDS and try not to shudder. Governments cannot carry the burden of viruses and disease by themselves. This is a global issue and requires a global effort between scientists. Dr. Robert Gallo, co-founder and scientific director of the Global Virus Network, told the crowd, "If you had to predict [a pandemic], another strain of influenza would be just as simple. GVN is important and can do something about pandemics and bio-terrorism. More sophistication in virology is required and is necessary and would be useful." The Washington Post reports this week the details on a "SARS-like" virus, which ha ...
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Catholic Church's Influence On Gay Marriage Waning
Huffington Post - over 3 years
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Frank Ferri made peace with God years ago. Last month, Ferri defeated the Roman Catholic Church. The openly gay state representative led the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in what may be the most Catholic state in the nation's most Catholic region. In early May, Rhode Island became the sixth and final New England state to allow gay couples to marry. The Democratic-dominated Legislature, led by an openly gay House speaker, overcame years of successful lobbying by the Catholic Church. "They put the fear of God into people," Ferri said, claiming that "the influence of the church" had been the primary stumbling block as every other neighboring state, and many people across the country, started embracing gay marriage. Ferri's victory marked the Catholic Church's most significant political defeat in an area where more than 40 percent of the population is Catholic. Perhaps more problematic for the church is that state-by-state setbacks on ...
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Lonna Saunders: Will Maria Shriver Fill Uncle Ted's Senate Shoes?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Why not Maria Shriver as the next Senator from Massachusetts, should Senator John Kerry be confirmed as Secretary of State? In a way, she'd be filling her uncle Sen. Edward Kennedy's shoes. Her dear parents are buried at a cemetery in Hyannis, Mass., and her wedding was at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis. It would be a coming home. The biggest beef against the Senate and the House has been the lack of bipartisanship. Who better to bring it to the Senate than Maria Shriver as the Democratic First Lady of California in a Republican administration led by her husband then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger? Also, as a Democrat married to a Republican in the Kennedy family, she has lived her life reaching across the aisle. This is her moment. Interviewing New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Leamer at the time his book, The Kennedy Women first hit the shelves, I was surprised when he said President Kennedy's sister, Eunice, would have made a fine candidate for public ...
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Maura O'Neill: Coding for Hunger: Not Development as Usual
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Barbara's mother was desperate -- there was nothing in the house to feed her children or herself. All that remained was a bag of seed that she'd been planning to sow on her small plot of land. Could the seeds be eaten as food? She could no longer look at her children whose bodies were aching from hunger. There was one huge risk: the seeds contained potentially lethal pesticides intended to encourage higher yields. As countless mothers have done, she tested the seeds on herself. Barbara and her siblings watched fearfully as their mother ate a handful. Would she die, become ill, or just be fine? Even if eating the seeds led to survival, there would be no crops to harvest in six months. Would they starve later? Years after this harrowing experience, Barbara palpably captured this moment in her book, Change Me into Zeus's Daughter. In Alabama that night, nobody got sick. But we must do better by our neighbors in the U.S. and globally. One billion people suffer from ...
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Maryland Gay Marriage Opponents Expect To Be Outspent
Huffington Post - over 4 years
BOWIE, Md. -- Irene Huskens has the wedding venue picked out: a charming bed-and-breakfast in southern Maryland. But the wedding is no sure thing. The plans made by Huskens, a 43-year-old police captain, and her partner, Leia Burks, hinge on whether Marylanders make history on Nov. 6 by voting to legalize same-sex marriage. A "yes" vote, and the wedding is on. A "no" victory? Huskens is loath to consider it. "There are a lot of Marylanders who want to set the precedent of equality who will vote from their gut for fairness," she said at her colonial suburban home in Prince George's County, where she and Burks are raising two adopted children. Dating back to 1998, 32 states have held votes on same-sex marriage, and all 32 have opposed it. Maryland is one of four states with Nov. 6 referendums on the issue – and gay-marriage advocates believe there's a strong chance the streak will be broken. In Maryland, Maine and Washington, it's an up-or-down vote on legaliz ...
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Rabbi Arthur Waskow: Please Write Cardinal Dolan Now
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan delivered the closing prayer at the Republican National Convention and will do so again for the Democrats. But even if both parties seek him to invoke God's blessings on them, the Shalom Center is confronting one aspect of his work: the hierarchy's stern criticism of American nuns, and its campaign to deny some women insurance coverage for contraception. We invite you to sign an "Open Letter" to him on these issues. The letter has been signed by leading members of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and women's communities. We invite you to sign it as well. The hierarchy's campaign against women's religious and conscientious freedom took the form of acting with contempt for women's ability to make their own conscientious decisions about contraception and sharply criticizing the nuns who are working with and for the poor, rather than -- as the Vatican wants -- spending their time campaigning to make contraception difficult, abo ...
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Rabbi Arthur Waskow: Sex, Contraception, Abortion -- And God
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Dear members and friends of The Shalom Center, Sex, abortion, rape and contraception are back on the front pages again, as they were a month ago. We are seeing a multidimensional campaign against women's religious, spiritual and conscientious freedom and against their physical health. It pops up again and again, in slightly new forms each time. (At The Shalom Center, we keep calling it "religious freedom" because talking just about "choice" makes it easier to look down on the choices women make and uplift the choices men in power make, as if they alone deal with "religious freedom.") The Shalom Center is confronting one aspect of this campaign. A few paragraphs from here, we offer you the gist of an open letter to the Archbishop of New York, addressing the behavior of the Catholic Church on these issues. The letter has been signed by leading members of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and women's communities. The full text and list of Initiating Signers ...
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The robocall scandal matters - Baltimore Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Elections are won by candidates who mobilize their own political base while tamping down the enthusiasm of groups traditionally in the other camp. In 2002, Mr. Ehrlich's decision to name a black running mate contrasted with Lt. Gov. Kathleen Townsend's
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Choosing Ayn Rand or Jesus? - American Spectator
Google News - over 5 years
Board members eclectically include former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Townsend, former Democratic Party National Committee Chair Don Fowler, Huffington Post religion editor and Princeton religion associate dean Paul Raushenbush,
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Effort to Set Up Liberal Counterweight to G.O.P. Groups Begins
NYTimes - over 6 years
In what may prove a significant development for the 2012 elections, David Brock, a prominent Democratic political operative, says he has amassed $4 million in pledges over the last few weeks and is moving quickly to hire a staff to set up what he hopes will become a permanent liberal counterweight over the airwaves to the Republican-leaning outside
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In Democratic Families, Politics Makes for Estranged Bedfellows
NYTimes - about 9 years
Maria Shriver woke up Sunday morning and decided to surprise the audience at a rally for Senator Barack Obama in Los Angeles, materializing alongside Oprah Winfrey and telling the crowd she was there because she sought ''an America that's about unity.'' But not the family kind. Ms. Shriver is a member of the Kennedy clan, and in the past week, her
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National Briefing | Mid-Atlantic: Maryland: Harsh Words For Governor
NYTimes - over 14 years
Former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, now the state comptroller, accused Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a fellow Democrat, of sinking Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's bid for governor and neglecting budget problems. ''You left $480 million due for this year; $1 billion, $700 million for next year. You double-crossed your lieutenant governor,'' Mr.
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The Nation; For Democrats, Time to Meet the Exurban Voter
NYTimes - over 14 years
RUY TEIXEIRA and John B. Judis recently published a book called ''The Emerging Democratic Majority,'' which argues that long-term demographic trends favor the Democratic Party. The 2002 election results could be good news for the authors. It seems that this emerging Democratic majority is going to take a long time to emerge, and their book is going
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THE 2002 ELECTIONS: MARYLAND; Ending Era, G.O.P. Underdog Is Elected Maryland Governor
NYTimes - over 14 years
In an emphatic upset of one-party dominance and the Kennedy legacy, Representative Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a four-term Republican underdog, ended the Democrats' 36-year monopoly on the Maryland Statehouse today by winning the governorship and turning back Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend from her hope to carry the Kennedy torch to a new era. Ms.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 61
    On January 3, 2013, Maeve had her second child, a daughter Gabriella.
    More Details Hide Details Gabriella is the second of the "sixth-generation" of Kennedys. She has served on the boards of many organizations, and as a consultant to several corporations. She is the chair of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland. She is on the boards of directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, the Center for American Progress and Catholic Democrats. She was formerly on the independent Advisory Council of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a panel that was appointed to review the functioning of ACORN following the scandal touched off by hidden camera videos in September 2009, and the board of the National Catholic Reporter. Townsend is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is also on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    On June 27, 2011, her daughter Maeve gave birth to a son named Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean.
    More Details Hide Details Gideon is the first great-grandchild for Bobby and Ethel as well as the first of the "sixth-generation" of Kennedys.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    She noted that the Democrats did not have such an organization during the 2010 election cycle, and that Republicans outspent the Democrats by $70 million. "I want to compete dollar to a dollar with the Republicans and I want to beat them", she said.
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    In December 2010, she was appointed chair of American Bridge, a new non-profit that will raise funds for Democratic candidates and causes, and that is intended to be a Democratic counterpart to right-leaning organizations such as American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.
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  • 2008
    Age 56
    Townsend, along with siblings Robert, Jr. and Kerry, endorsed Hillary Clinton for President in the 2008 Democratic primaries.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, other family members (siblings Rory, Max, mother Ethel, cousins Caroline and Patrick and uncle Ted) endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. Once Obama won the nomination, however, Townsend and her siblings Robert, Jr. and Kerry supported him in the general election. Since leaving office, Townsend has written the book, Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way, (Warner Books, 2007, ISBN 0-446-57715-4). Townsend also contributes to The Recovering Politician website started by Jonathan Miller. She is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and senior Nitze fellow at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 43
    By the time the hearing began in January 1995, however, Sauerbrey had backed away from the fraud charges and her claim centered on sloppy election procedures and 3,600 challenged ballots.
    More Details Hide Details The number of challenged ballots would not have been enough to change the result even if all of them were thrown out. The judge ruled that about 1,800 votes had been cast in Baltimore by people whose names should have been purged from the rolls, but said that there was no clear and convincing evidence that fraud or procedural errors had affected the outcome. Sauerbrey dropped the suit three days before Glendening was to be inaugurated, but still maintained her belief that she had won the election. Sauerbrey ran against Glendening again in 1998, but this time Glendening and Townsend won by a much wider margin (55% to 44%). During her tenure as Lt. Governor, Townsend focused on reducing crime and promoting economic development. In the Maryland gubernatorial election of 2002, Townsend faced off against Republican Robert Ehrlich and Libertarian Spear Lancaster.
  • 1994
    Age 42
    In 1994, Parris Glendening was running for Governor in a highly contested primary against then-Lt. Governor Melvin A. Steinberg when he selected her as his running mate.
    More Details Hide Details Experts did not believe she would be an asset, but her name recognition (she now used the name Kennedy Townsend) and her fund-raising skills, helped him to win. In the general election, Glendening and Townsend beat Republican candidate Ellen Sauerbrey in one of Maryland's closest and most controversial gubernatorial elections. After unofficial results indicated that Sauerbrey had lost the election by a narrow margin, she began making what The Washington Post called "sensational charges" that the election had been stolen.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 34
    In 1986, Townsend became the first Kennedy to lose a general election when she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland's strongly Republican second congressional district, using the name Townsend only.
    More Details Hide Details Incumbent Republican Helen Delich Bentley defeated her 59% to 41%. She then went to work for the state government of Maryland, holding numerous posts including assistant Attorney General.
  • 1984
    Age 32
    The family moved to Maryland, her husband's home state, in 1984.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 28
    For several years, she worked as an attorney in New Haven, Connecticut, while her husband attended Yale Law School. She also worked on her uncle Ted Kennedy's 1980 presidential campaign, stumped for local Democrats, and was a policy analyst for the Massachusetts governor's office in the early 1980s.
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  • 1974
    Age 22
    She attended Radcliffe College, receiving her bachelor's degree in history and literature in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details She then studied at the University of New Mexico School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor degree in 1978.
  • 1973
    Age 21
    In 1973, she married David Lee Townsend (b. 1947), whom she had met when he was a graduate student and her tutor at Radcliffe.
    More Details Hide Details David is now a member of the faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis. The couple have four daughters: Meaghan Anne Kennedy Townsend (born November 7, 1977), Maeve Fahey Kennedy Townsend (born November 1, 1979), Rose Katherine Kennedy "Kat" Townsend (born December 17, 1983) and Kerry Sophia Kennedy Townsend (born November 30, 1991).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 13
    On August 29, 1965, the fourteen-year-old Kennedy was somersaulted by her horse while competing at Sea Flash Farms in West Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details She was left unconscious and bleeding internally and was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, located fifteen miles away. Her family was en route to Hyannis Port at the time of the incident and was not located for another three hours. She was seventeen when her father was assassinated. The night he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel, Kennedy and her two eldest brothers, Joe and Robert, Jr., were being flown to Los Angeles aboard one of the jets in the Secret Service's presidential fleet named "the Jet Star". She spent most of her childhood in McLean, Virginia, and attended Stone Ridge School in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from The Putney School in Vermont.
  • 1964
    Age 12
    Over the summer of 1964, Kennedy won four blue ribbons for her "excellence in horsemanship".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 8
    Sauerbrey's allegations included ballot box stuffing, 100% voting in one precinct, voting by numerous dead people, and what she called the Kennedy "precedent"—that unproven rumors that John Kennedy had stolen the 1960 Presidential election proved that his niece Townsend had stolen this election.
    More Details Hide Details The official vote tally declared Glendening the winner by 5,993 votes out of 1.4 million. Sauerbrey hired an election specialist known for aggressive tactics then filed a lawsuit alleging that 50,000 votes had been cast illegally.
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on July 4, 1951.
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