Observations of the ¨Progressive Candidate-to-Freshman¨ Transition – aka an Opportunity for expanding Progressive Power (and the power of the CPC)

Since 2005 I’ve worked with dozens of Federal candidates/campaigns, some for a few days, some for a few weeks, some for a few months.  One of the things I do often is ascertain what expectations have been given to candidates and what assumptions they have about not just running, but what happens next. I’ve worked […]

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RootsCamp 2012 – Preview/Materials

I have two sessions proposed for RootsCamp 2012 at DC’s Washington Convention Center. Already scheduled for Saturday in Room 149B at 10:30 AM (first session) is: “Where are we & how do we fix it.  Auditing campaigns to right a sinking ship, even when already under water.” You can find the handout for this session […]

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inspiration

With the passing of Neil Armstrong this weekend, we lost an American hero.  His giant leap for man was an inspiration for mankind.  His courage inspired the nation to consider new possibilities. Just a few weeks ago, Sally Ride passed away.  She too was an inspiration for humankind.  The first woman in space, a hero […]

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We MUST do better.

An associate offering condolences for this past Tuesday’s election results offered the reminder that we need a Constitutional Amendment to fix campaign finance.  Amending the Constitution is the only certain means of leveling the playing field between self funders trying to buy seats, those willing to sell their values for special interest money and establishment […]

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Flashback: Four years ago

Four years ago (8/29/2008), I wrote the following as a reaction to the pick of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate: Following the premise of Head of State, McCain chooses Sarah Palin as his running mate, undercutting his own arguments for his own selection, but (possibly) opening new doors for the party’s future.

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Where do we go from here?

After an intense three months spanning the nation, working with Connecticut’s Chris Donovan to sharpen his message and write an acceptance speech for the nominating convention and then packing the car, passing through Mount Rushmore and on to the Pacific Northwest where I ran Darcy Burner’s campaign for Washington’s First Congressional District, I’m now looking […]

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The Candidate Project

One of the best things going on right now to help progressive candidates find their way on to ballots and to run effective campaigns is The Candidate Project, a joint venture of The New Organizing Institute and Democracy for America.   The Candidate Project’s goal was to recruit, train and empower 2012 candidates to run […]

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Miami DFA Campaign Academy Wrap Up

A few weekends a year Democracy for America sends me to a new community to participate in their Campaign Academy program as a trainer.  DFA posted a profile of me as a trainer on their blog recently.  This past weekend, we took the Campaign Academy show to Miami’s FIU Graham Center.  Thank you to our […]

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RootsCamp 2012 Wrapup

Back in December of 2010, I reflected on the previous RootsCamp.  Among the biggest negatives was the large crowd & less than stellar session leaders.  The positives?  The wonderful people and efforts of the New Organizing Institute, the activists and enthusiasm. A little over a year later, we returned to the scene of the first […]

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