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A Family’s Legacy

Linda Winsor and Andrew Prokop have seen a side of Paul and Sheila that few have gotten to see – their sweaty side. “We met the Wellstones when they joined the same gym we did,” says Andrew. “And I can tell you that Paul worked as hard on the weight room floor as he did on the Senate floor!”
 
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A Life Inside the Wellstone Triangle

At Wellstone Action we spend a lot of time talking about the Wellstone Triangle – and for good reason. The only way real, sustained, progressive change happens is when we connect grassroots organizing, electoral politics, and public policy into a movement for good.

But here’s what you need to know: the Wellstone Triangle isn’t some hypothetical theory cooked up in an ivory tower; instead it’s the proven route for progressives who want to win lasting change.

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A Texas As Good As Its People

Size wasn’t something that mattered to Paul Wellstone. Small but mighty was how he was often described, and Paul was never the type of guy to let the size or scope of things – from the powerful corporate interests controlling Washington to his longshot bid to become a Senator in the first place – get in the way.

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Teacher. Camper. Donor.

Louis Watanabe would tell you that his interest in politics has been part of his life for a long time, starting back in high school.

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Thank You, Marge

Marge Boyle has been part of the Wellstone family since she started volunteering in the mailroom of Senator Wellstone's 1996 campaign. And she's been a part of Wellstone Action since the day we launched 10 years ago. If you've ever gotten a personal letter or nice note from us, it probably was thanks to Marge and the team of mailroom volunteers she's led over the past decade. This week we said goodbye to Marge as she heads off on a few road trips and begins some projects with the progressive community in the Twin Cities. 

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That Ah-Hah Moment

Our trainers spend every day winning the Wellstone Way. They are campaign managers, elected officials, nonprofit executives, and highly sought-after strategists.

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World’s Best Father’s Day Gift

There are normal Father’s Day gifts: a nice tie, tickets to a baseball game, or a night out to a fancy restaurant. And then there’s an awesome Father’s Day gift: Camp Wellstone.

Joe Decker, of Worthington Ohio, has always been deeply dedicated to his family and his community. From PTA, local commissions, and nonprofit boards, serving his community is a passion, and a responsibility, for Joe. Luckily, his family’s got his back, “My family has always been really sweet about supporting me, even if I had to leave dinner early.”

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Running for fun. Running to win.

In 2011, Cathy Lehman found herself among peers at the Washington Conservation Voters local county chapter candidate recruitment committee meeting  (whew!) working to identifying folks who should run for office. Cathy thought she was there to help identify others, but little did she know that her peers would turn the tables, “What about you Cathy, why don’t you run?” Cathy says there were other reasons that spurred her decision to run, but being asked by her peers was the most notable.

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A Graduation Gift

Camp Wellstone alumna, Megan Arsenault, first caught our attention on Twitter. Just a few days before we were kicking off our annual Madison training, Megan tweeted her excitement to be headed to the cheese head state to attend the campaign track.

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The Changing Present

The demographics of the United States are changing: Today, 30% of Americans identify as a minority and by 2050, we’ll be a majority-minority country.

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