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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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  • ACMS. Awesome.

    This past week I had the opportunity to help run the on-the-ground logistics for our Advanced Campaign Management School (ACMS) in Columbus, OH – an in-depth, intense, campaign and leadership training for progressive operatives that Wellstone holds once every two years. There are many words I could use to describe those five days, but if I had to choose one it would be “AWESOME.”

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  • You're the Best, Patty

    Last week, we said goodbye to Patty – after 10 years volunteering with Wellstone Action and many years of campaigning with Senator Wellstone, Patty’s going to be spending more time with her family, including a new grandchild!

    Yes, we’ll miss all the work Patty put in helping to process credit card donations. But, much more importantly, we’ll miss her joy, her positive spirit, and we’ll definitely miss her stories.

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  • Live from Columbus

    Earlier today, I sent out this email to update folks about what's going on at Advanced Campaign Managment School in Columbus:

    Hi ,

    I’ve gotta be quick about this:  I’m writing to you during a 15-minute break before diving back into today’s 13-hour agenda at our Advanced Campaign Management School (ACMS) in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Top 10 Reasons that Our 10th Birthday Bash Rocked

    10) We were hosted by the gorgeous Graves 601 Hotel, and celebrated in a wonderful ballroom with help from fantastic waiters, bartenders, and top notch event staff.

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  • Our Campus Camp Wellstone Philosophy? What’s Next.

    It’s Saturday and the room’s buzzing, over 70 college students laughing, energized, and ready to go. No, we’re not talking about a bar or a club, or even the library; instead, it’s 8:30am, and students from two colleges in Northfield, Minnesota crowd into a college conference room adorned with old pictures of college presidents and dusty chalkboards. Over the next two days, students got a crash course in organizing the Wellstone Way, at Campus Camp Wellstone.

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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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