Author: mario

WJCT First Coast Connect – 2/2/2011: Jacksonville Mayors Race

This morning I had the pleasure of appearing on WJCT’s First Coast Connect, hosted by Melissa Ross.  Joined by Republican Political Consultant Jim Varian, we discussed Jacksonville’s upcoming Mayoral election featuring Alvin Brown, Audrey Moran, Mike Hogan and Rick Mullaney. Here is the link to the audio via MPA Political’s Media Archive:  2/2/2011 WJCT with […]

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Unconventional Wisdom: Events

As I looked back on 2010 and saw the great big failures, they troubled me.  Messaging failures, generally unprepared or unqualified campaign staff, candidates unwilling to learn, listen and/or improve, and of course strategies that were designed to fail from the start…  But then there was a feeling of downright anger.  How the hell can […]

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Tools for a Better Organized Campaign

Back in December, I posted Organizing – The Foundation of Progress, the most basic rules of organizing.  I also promised to begin posting some forms and other tools to assist in organizing campaigns.  I’m going to start with a basic fundraising spreadsheet, based on what is used on my December 7th post on fund raising: […]

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UnConventional Wisdom: Looking Back to Win in the Future

In honor of the FDP’s dentist endorsed sugar coated retrospective of the 2010 election season, a look at how candidates and campaigns should handle the aftermath of a campaign in preparation for a future campaign. First, despite amusing quotes projected by some of 2010’s candidates, no campaign is perfect, no campaign is without mistakes, no […]

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Organizing – The Foundation of Progress

Whether you are talking about Civil Rights, Labor, Health Care, or cleaning up your local community parks, the one constant is that organizing is the most efficient and effective means of achieving progress.  On many of the better campaigns I’ve been involved with, at some point, the same document (or one of the many variations […]

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#Roots10 Quick Wrap

This weekend I joined roughly 1000 progressive activists in DC for the 5th RootsCampDC, my 4th, having missed the Februrary 2010 camp.  RootsCamp is a fantastic “un-conference” put together and beautifully executed by the New Organizing Institute. A space to bring people from all aspects of campaigning, advocacy and governing together to discuss successes, failures, […]

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A Liberal’s Holiday Wish List

More specifically, my holiday wish list: 1. I’d like to celebrate the season with some good cheer to children who have done no wrong, passage of the DREAM Act is the right thing to do for America.  The Senate may vote today and it may be in the President’s hands before you read this…but I’m […]

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