Campaign Links, Week In Review

Everyone has an opinion about how to run your campaign via @downticketdems
Consultant - and friend of mine - Dotty Lemieux writes about how to handle all the advice you'll get throughout your campaign. 

Why I can't stand yard signs via @c_and_e
While it's not a bad thing to get yard signs, they can become a major distraction. I think I've probably complained enough about them in this space, but here's one more article just for fun. 

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Case Study: Manage your time well

Case Study: Manage your time well

Managing your time is an important part of running for office. Simplified, campaigns are made up of three elements: time, talent and treasure. Time is the one piece of the three you can't get back. 

In his 1990 memoir In The Arena, Richard Nixon offers a lot of campaign advice. Nixon, despite his faults, was an exceptional campaigner. He worked as hard as anyone, and he was smart about how he campaigned. 

Here's an anecdote he offered in the book about time management

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Do you need a campaign plan?

Do you need a campaign plan?

Why is it important to have a campaign plan? Throughout the campaign, the candidate will be pulled in a lot of directions. 

You will get calls from radio ad salesmen, mail houses and phone vendors pitching their products. Each salesman can show you numbers that make you think their product is the key to victory. These can be hard to turn down, particularly when salesmen imply that your opponent is using their services.

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Are you prepared for the hard work of campaigning?

Are you prepared for the hard work of campaigning?

Campaigning on Facebook from the comfort of your living room won't get you elected.

Any time I ask a candidate if he's willing to put in the hard work it takes to get elected, he says yes. Many of the candidates I talk to are able to follow through on that commitment. So I think some perspective is in order about what "hard work" means for a political candidate. 

Candidates have two jobs in a campaign:

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