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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Conventional Un-Wisdom – Fund Raising

Conventional Un-Wisdom:  If a candidate has a strong profile, the correct issue positions and public speaking ability, they will attain institutional and establishment support.  Donations and support will flow from party organizations, unions and traditional donors. As I look for candidates to help and support around the nation, vet potential clients, and generally try to […]

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What I’m Thankful for as a Florida Democrat

In the wake of what was a devastating election to Democrats, particularly here in Florida, most people are having trouble finding things to be thankful for as Democrats, here’s a few things I’m thankful for as a Florida Democrat: -I’m thankful for unrelenting progressive leaders continuing to fight, including these two exemplars of backbone in Orlando: I […]

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How Can Florida Democrats Lose More?

The easiest way would be to diminish the support for Democratic candidates among minority communities.  Enter the aftermath of Florida’s victory on 5&6, a legal challenge led by prominent black leader, Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville/Orlando) and prominent Cuban leader, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) to block 5&6 on the basis of detriment to black and Hispanic representation. I will […]

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Don’t put Keith Olbermann back on MSNBC

The effort to reinstate Keith Olbermann to his spot in MSNBC’s lineup is impressive, but is that really good for the progressive movement’s future?

Does it seem like a good idea to keep providing profits and authority to a network and corporation so clearly bent to supporting the other side?

Why not find some alternative in which Keith Olbermann’s tremendous talent, intellect and charisma are channeled in to benefiting the progressive movement without the side effect of buckets full of profits to right wing overlords?

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FL-Gov : Performance Analysis

As promised, here is the complete breakdown of performance versus the democratic performance goals I had projected for the Florida Governors Race.  I will use the same sorting I used yesterday for the turnout breakdown, but I have adjusted the reference of the turnout – each county is reported by what percentage of expected turnout […]

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