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  •  I took the survey (1+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle

    I was a candidate for local office. I included this on the survey, but you should know that DFA and the Wellstone Institute offer candidate and activist training for modest costs. I took the DFA training twice. So did the other DFA activists I worked with. That gave us many of the skills you offer. We did all our campaign work in-house and saved considerable funds.

    I wonder what Markos thought when he started this blog? Sure, come for the politics, but stay for the friendship and cat pics!

    by The Pollster on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 06:03:50 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for your input, Pollster. (1+ / 0-)
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      The Pollster

      yes, I'm aware of DFA's trainings and there are others too. Our will just be another option. :) The more the merrier.

      Our trainings will be available online for a modest cost and candidates and their staff and volunteers will have 24/7 access and can do it from right where they are: no need to travel or arrange a local training. Some campaigns just wont have the funds or local resources to pull it off. Our training center will be available to folks for 12 months (or more) for a very low price (under $500 for as many seats/staff persons as the campaign wants).

      Thanks again for taking the survey! The more we learn the better services we can provide to our side. I feel very strongly about the importance of concentrating on state and local politics and making the tools accessible and affordable for our team.
      :)

      •  We had a couple of advantages (1+ / 0-)
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        mdmslle

        One, in NJ, we had a progressive State Chair who embraced Dean's 50-State Strategy to NJ--so each county had resources and staff to help with elections and GOTV. Plus, we had a strong progressive local community--I had 30-40 activists ready to go for my campaign in 2007.

        It's diminished since then, sadly. It's hard for movements to sustain themselves. All volunteer, little cash!!

        I wonder what Markos thought when he started this blog? Sure, come for the politics, but stay for the friendship and cat pics!

        by The Pollster on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 06:43:00 AM PDT

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        •  Yep. That's been my experience as well. (1+ / 0-)
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          FindingMyVoice

          And I think a lot of people's too. But I think worse is that the uphill climb really prevents a lot of otherwise really decent people who want to run from running. I get so sick of seeing uncontested GOP seats. Ugh.

          And I read an article not too long ago about how women are more cautious (read: realistic) when deciding to run for office or not. And that's a shame because women are usually quite active in their local communities...

          I'm hoping making these things available will help ease part of the decision making process and encourage Dems to get go in, even against well funded GOPers.

    •  Progressive Majority is another excellent trainer (1+ / 0-)
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      mdmslle

      They are free, they have online training, and are suitable for anyone working on a campaign, from the candidate to the phone banker.

      Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. John Lennon

      by GwenM on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:03:42 AM PDT

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