Running for Office: How to Have a Successful Campaign

“All politics is local politics,” long-term Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill was fond of repeating. While in today’s increasingly globalized world, this aphorism is no longer factually true, it is true that voters remain most concerned about the issues that affect them personally and respect endorsements from individuals whose hands they may have shaken.

What this signifies for you if you’re running for office is the importance of building a grassroots organization that relies heavily upon the efforts of local volunteers.… [Read more]

Ten Ways That Social Media Changes Politics

With Facebook and Twitter boasting hundreds of millions of users, social media reaches a wider audience than could our earlier sources of political information, and has become a dominant force in molding public opinion and winning elections. Here’s a look at some of the things that have happened along the way.

1)    Journalists face extinction.

Readers “of a certain age” will recall that not too long ago, we got our news from such trusted sources as Walter Cronkite, our local news anchors, and the esteemed columnists in daily papers and monthly news magazines.… [Read more]