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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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An Enduring Voice

We came together from different backgrounds and communities, different generations and experiences.  We represent very diverse cultures.  We came together in common purpose, not just to get out the vote but to lift up our neighborhoods. 

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Winning in Georgia, the Wellstone Way

Change is going to come from the states, not from DC. Progress is going to be won by building an enduring movement, state by state. Wondering how we do that? Take Georgia as an example. Take the example of Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

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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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Celebrating Wins, the Wellstone Way

The day or two after Election Day are always my favorite at Wellstone Action. Not to say I don’t love the excitement and heading to my polling place on Election Day, but in the days following, we track the races of our alumni to see if they won. What that typically looks like are spreadsheets full of data and lots of time spent searching results online hoping for Ws instead of Ls. I guess you have to love data like I do to truly appreciate that aspect of our work!

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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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Why I like NFL Training Camp, but Love Camp Wellstone

Check out this great post from a Camp Wellstone Illinois alum about attending Camp just as the NFL preseason was getting underway.

"I learned so much from them and from other participants, so this football loving-lawyer-turned-newbie-organizer wanted to share just a few of those lessons:

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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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