Tags: Training

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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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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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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What to do with/about ‘Some Guy’ candidates from RootsCamp 2012

Notes from the closing session of RootsCamp 2012, “Some Guy Candidates: How they Delay Progress & How to Make Them Suck Less.” You can find some background here: ‘Some Guy’ vs Contender – which are you? Reviewing, the basics of the ‘Some Guy’ candidate: Lacks money, social network and the experience/understanding of how to be […]

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Florida’s New (2012) Congressional Map

Now in a single handy post.  An analysis from the prospective of progressive Democrats of the newly drawn US House district boundaries in Florida.  Despite Florida voters passing Amendments Five (State) and Six (Federal) in 2010 (Fair Districts), the new map is rife with partisan gerrymandering.  Who cares about the wishes of the people when […]

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Florida Redistricting: A Look at US House Seats Part 3: 15-27

This is the third in a series discussing the newly drawn US House district boundaries in Florida.  Despite Florida voters passing Amendments Five (State) and Six (Federal) in 2010 (Fair Districts), the new map is rife with partisan gerrymandering.  Who cares about the wishes of the people when the RPOF has super majorities?  Data for […]

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