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  • How He Won

    It’s not easy to win a deeply competitive campaign for the State Assembly at age 24. It’s especially tough when you’re a first time candidate, not originally from the area, going up against the corporate education reform movement, and an opponent funded by people like Michael Bloomberg.

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  • Winning the Second Time Around, Starting with Wellstone

    We’ll skip to the back of the book: after losing her first campaign in 2012 for a state house seat in Northern Idaho by 123 votes, Paulette Jordan ran again in 2014 and won. Sorry to ruin the ending, but it’s the heart of the story that you don’t want to miss.

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  • A Teacher, In One Sense of the Word

    Our new Program Director, Jennifer Sconyers, planned to become a teacher. “I was going to school, and working in the Springfield, IL Schools, planning to launch my career as a teacher. And then one day I realized that I loved the kids, but not the administrators,” explains Jennifer, “So I thought, ‘now what?’”

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  • Inspired by Family, and Wellstone

    Five years ago, at a Camp Wellstone in Raleigh NC, Kara Hollingsworth walked up to our Director of Strategic Initiatives, Erik Peterson. Erik trained all weekend wearing a pin that had a peace sign and a yellow ribbon, the logo for Military Families Speak Out (MFSO).
     
    “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh’” Kara explains, “It’s not a button you saw very often. Getting involved with MFSO was one of the ways I started my work in politics and policy. And it turned out that Erik had a personal connection with MFSO’s founders, Nancy and Charlie.” 
     
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  • Change in the Show-Me State

    Sometimes you see change in the outcome of an election. Sometimes you see change in the thousands who gather for a rally at the steps of a state capitol. And sometimes you see change in a crowded conference room in Columbia, MO. 

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  • For Hmong Farmers, By Hmong Farmers, Led By Hmong Farmers

    The conference room table at the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was cluttered with papers, spreadsheets, and projectors. Around the table, three HAFA staffers peppered a farm service agency representative with questions about policies, strategies, and ways to connect more immigrant farmers to vital micro-loans to grow their businesses.
     
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  • Governing Through a Politics of Conviction

    If you’ve attended any Wellstone Action event, you know that we empower progressives to take on tough fights and win. We travel the country, teaching progressives the hard skills that make a difference, like leading an effective one-on-one organizing conversation and creating a winning campaign plan. We also spend a lot of time talking about something more fundamental: our values, and what it means to run and win and, yes, govern, through a politics of conviction.

    What are we talking about? Meet Joe.

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