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The Personal Power of the Pen

Marnie Turman

Ah, the power of the pen! 

A personally signed letter or note can push the undecided voter into your corner, reinforce the commitment of a voter pledged to you, or cast a shadow of a doubt in the mind of someone committed to your opponent.  Studies show a personally signed letter will be read more frequently, kept longer and generate more activity than letters with digital, scanned or printed signatures.  As good as digital, scanned or pre printed signatures on a letters may look, most people can easily tell they were not hand signed.  The written signature also inc

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How To Hire A Consultant

Gary Gray



Hiring campaign consultants can be tough on a candidate or manager, and the wrong initial choices may start a campaign into a death spiral. 

Fortunately, there are some common-sense guidelines to help your campaign gain altitude. 

Do you really need someone?

This question often goes unasked.  In the excitement and tension of starting a campaign, jobs are created, people hired, and tasks assigned based on assumptions, not planning.

The old axiom, “If you want to be a candidate, find a manager.  If you want to be

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Fine Tuning your Presentation

Randall P. Whatley


How to prepare introductions

Often the hardest part of making a presentation is getting started. Once you begin, adrenaline kicks in, you become excited talking about your topic, and you find that the experience is actually enjoyable. Following are five easy ways to begin a presentation.
* Tell a story
* Establish a common bond with the audience
* Directly address your subject
* Illustrate a point
* Use humor Beyond serving to jump-start your presentation, introductions hav

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Candidates Must Take Business Approach To Run Successful Political Campaigns



Former Senator Alan Simpson once said that most campaigns for office start with a couple of friends, sitting around a table drinking beers.  While this may be the way most campaigns start, they shouldn't stay that way for long.  Too often, local candidates think that the best way to run a campaign is to get some friends involved and the campaign will fall into place on its own.  While some of these types of campaigns win, most lose.  In order to succeed, every campaign, even the most local, most take a business like approach to winning elections.

Plan First, Cam

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Howard Dean's Screaming TV Blunder

Gail Hogan

In many Presidential campaigns, there is one major blunder that is hammered home by the media, and that incident often ends that person’s presidential bid.  Some classics: Governor Dukakis wearing a helmet and riding the tank;  Senator Muskie crying at a news conference after a newspaper printed derogatory statements about his wife, and the classic, Senator Gary Hart and his playboy antics on that aptly named boat, “The Monkey Business.”   This year it was the Howard Dean Iowa pep rally, now dubbed the “I Have a Scream” speech. 

Whether you believe Howard Dean

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Getting the Strong Urge to Run? Get Started Right After Election Day



As we approach yet another Election Day, all politically-minded eyes are focused on this year’s big races.  There are a small number of people, though, who have already begun to look beyond Election Day: next year’s candidates.  For them, while this year’s campaigns are important, the most important campaign, their own, is just beginning. 

Whether you’re just thinking about running for office next year, or you’ve already decided to throw your hat in the ring, you may be asking yourself, “When should I start my campaign?”  The best answer anyone can gi

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