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  •  Thank you! (15+ / 0-)

    And your question is an excellent one—a seminal one, even. What I think needs to happen (or at least, to happen more) is that progressives need to start small, very small. Generally speaking, I think progressive activists who want to enter politics should not be thinking Congress, or even state legislature, but further down the food chain.

    Start with your town or city council, water board, school board, and the like. Learn how to run a small grassroots campaign, build connections, develop a network of supporters, raise money and so forth. Then, when an opportunity comes along, move up and seize it.

    So I think we need to focus on getting people to run for these humbler offices, so that we have a bench ready when there are openings for the legislature and ultimately Congress.

    And I don't think this can just be done with volunteers alone. I'd love to see some billionaire devote a bunch of money toward an organization which only focuses on the far downballot, in the weeds races.

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    by David Nir on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:28:56 PM PDT

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    •  I would add that (5+ / 0-)

      there is a lot to do and a lot to learn at these low level offices. They really matter. They make obvious differences in people's lives.

      I serve on my school board and really enjoy it. But even if you don't care to be elected, you can make a difference and learn a ton just by going to all the meetings.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:36:17 PM PDT

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    •  As Sam Rayburn supposedly observed to LBJ (1+ / 0-)
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      gabjoh

      about the Kennedys:

      I'd feel a helluva lot better if just one of them had ever run for sheriff

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:53:29 PM PDT

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