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#indivisible is right on target

Everything I’ve seen from @indivisible has been solid advice, especially the emphasis on talking with the person you can vote for…

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“math can never really resolve a debate rooted in history, culture and values” That’s why they call it politics. Data helps. Data is necessary. Data seldom determines outcome. That’s why personal relationships with deciders – elected officials with power – … Continue reading

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Working with politicians you hate

Can you work with an elected official of a different party-someone whose politics you detest? Yes… but… from the organization standpoint, I recommend matching grassroots volunteers with elected officials of the same party and outlook where possible. In the best … Continue reading

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What’s your lobbying sound bite?

“sound bites” “THAT term has become derogatory,” said campaign strategist Joel Benenson, divulging that he once pushed back at Obama’s skepticism of such tidy, pithy locutions by saying to him: “Mr. President, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the … Continue reading

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Ira Glass on changing people’s minds…

One of the challenges to activating grass roots advocates is that the people most detached, most disenchanted, most cynical… have never actually talked with a politician. For years I’ve encouraged my clients to have a session with a real elected … Continue reading

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Sacramento Book Festival Sunday 12 April

Local Author Book Festival – I’ll be there with Personal Political Power In California – 1-4 pm Galleria at the Central Library 828 I Street

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Voting doesn’t matter… except when it does… Ferguson results

I’m not a big fan of trying to change public policy by voting, as I explain in detail in my books. However, it’s also true that sometimes voting can make a huge difference. It’s important to look for those opportunities … Continue reading

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