Local GOP candidates: why Donald Trump?

Local GOP candidates: why Donald Trump?

The last thing I want this blog to be is an analysis of the presidential race, or of Donald Trump in particular. I focus on helping first-time candidates, and help them put together the basics of their campaign. 

But Nate Silver had an interesting article at 538 this week called "Why Donald Trump" that I think is worth reading for candidates running in areas where Trump did well.

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Bowling Alone: a conversation between Bill Kristol and Robert Putnam

Bowling Alone: a conversation between Bill Kristol and Robert Putnam

Yesterday I came across this conversation between Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Robert Putnam of Harvard University. Putnam's book Bowling Alone made a pretty big splash in the political community when it was written. It was required reading in my Poli Sci courses in college. The concept behind the book -- that America is losing its 'social capital' -- is one any aspiring public servant should be aware of. 

Putnam has a new book now, which examines the 'Bowling Alone' effect on our kids

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New from campaign in a box: the resources page

New from campaign in a box: the resources page

Why Campaign in a Box started
My focus with Campaign in a Box is helping first-time candidates run winning campaigns. I focus primarily on candidates running for mayor or city council. 

Many first-time candidates don't know where to start. Over the years, I've had friends and colleagues decide to run for mayor or city council and ask for campaign advice. I was often working full-time on a campaign and had little time to help, but would offer what advice I could.

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Campaign links, week in review

Campaign links, week in review

What the 2016 campaigns can teach your campaign about mobile via @c_and_e
"Here’s something to think about when trying to gain traction on mobile: Creating a mobile audience is an innovative tactic that would likely have impressive results at low cost, especially when considering that down-ballot audiences are often limited to a district or a state."

Case study: Run for office...if you lose, run again via @campaignsinabox
"Senator Mark Udall of New Mexico made his first run for public office in 1982. He was 34 years old and came from a family of elected officials. He desperately wanted to be a congressman." Read the rest to learn from him. 

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