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  •  What an excellent idea! (1+ / 0-)
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    annan

    Prerequisites for national office! Just like you have to pass French 101 before you get to take French 201.

    Not so sure it must be executive leadership, we need good legislators too, and it's not necessarily the same skill set.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 02:33:29 PM PST

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    •  True (0+ / 0-)

      For me, the exciting part was hearing pros talk about the importance of the collaborative political skills that are necessary to create a civil society.

      The symposium was held at the University of Indianapolis at an event honoring Senator Lugar for his role in the transformation of the Indianapolis metro area while he was Mayor.

      So much bad news, it was refreshing to sit in a room with hundreds of  Hoosiers listening to young Indiana Mayors from both parties talk about their successes at the muni level. Mayor Zimmer in New Jersey is from the same mold. Actually gives me hope.

      Demanding practical muni experience on a candidate's resume would weed out a lot of the tools that get elected to Congress and do nothing to actually represent the citizens who elected them.

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:23:29 PM PST

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      •  OTOH, (1+ / 0-)
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        it would have weeded out Sens. Franken and Warren, among others.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 04:41:36 AM PST

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