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Uncategorized Jul 20, 2018
 

Hi, there were three things that are holding us back. It's apathy, access and affordability. For some who are really apathetic and think there's no point in trying to make a change, then it really doesn't matter. So for the rest of you who are looking at this and saying, wow, you know, access is the big problem and the question is...

access is a big problem. I mean, part of it is you don't know who to go to, what you need to say, how to get something changed, how to get a law moving forward,...

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Uncategorized Jul 06, 2018
 

Hi, I wanted to share some of the recent comments and email and feedback I've received from people. I have one long one I'll start with, but what he says is well after going through a lot of information, he basically says, "I don't think people have it together well enough to be able to create a decent law." And my response to that is he's absolutely right. It takes a village to change a law. So the idea is you're not doing this alone, you're doing it with lots of other people in a crowd...

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6 Things Politicians Want To Know

access politics Jun 27, 2018
 

 

 

Here are the six things that politicians want to know, whether you are presenting something to them, either in writing or as an op-ed or as a call into a radio show or you're calling their office.

There's basically six things that are going to come up.

 

1) Issue

And the first one is what's your issue? So you have to have a clear idea of what specific issue you're focused on and what you want to get done. That's just completely essential.

 

2) Position

The second part...

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Who Makes The Laws?

advocacy laws politics Jun 22, 2018
 

Who makes the laws? Well, politicians make the laws, lawmakers make the laws, they make them at the federal, state and local level, and that's generally how we think of it, but they don't do it really on their own. So they are informed by special interest groups, companies, trade associations, individuals who have a particular interest in getting something done, and that's what they do. Otherwise you might think that they just go to Congress and the state capitols and come up with ideas and...

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Chet Campanella Story

 

Mistreatment of Italian Americans in WWII

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How can you help? You can help by sharing Chet's story, sharing his debate and voting on his debate using the red or green buttons.

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 Chet's Story of Struggle

This issue in our nation's history is one that can be forgiven but never forgotten. House bill H.R. 1706 asks for a grant of $3,000,000 from the Secretary of Education to be used strictly to educate the American public...

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Political Advocacy Can Help Your Business

article business political Feb 12, 2018

Technology offers more ways than ever for Americans to interact with their government, yet the turnout for the 2014 midterm elections was the lowest in 72 years. Even though citizens can read bills online, email their legislators and follow politicians on Twitter, many opt out of the political process.

But apathy isn’t an option for forward-thinking CEOs. While the business mantra is “the customer is always right,” the addendum today is, “the government is always right...

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Why Small Business Should Lobby

article business lobby Jan 18, 2018

When persuading lawmakers to simplify regulations or adopt legislation you are fighting for, as a small business you face three choices.

 

  1. You can sit on the sidelines
  2. You can petition
  3. You can lobby
     

Most small businesses choose #1. You do nothing. You grumble and complain because you feel like you can't do anything.

The second option; you join an organization or trade association focused on a single industry or issue. You pay dues, sign petitions and promote your cause through...

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How To Debate

article Jan 11, 2018

Introduction

Structurally speaking, debate has five main parts:

  1. Summary
  2. Position
  3. Arguments
  4. Rebuttals
  5. Conclusion

Most debates also have rules about its resources. These serve to act as constraints. They are: 

  • Time
  • Votes

The purpose of debate is to come to a decision about a complex issue or topic. This is important because once you reach a decision you're free to take action.

So debate is really a decision process tool.

Let me break down the five main parts.

Summary

The summary is...

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3 Ways Of Getting What You Want

article Jan 05, 2018

There are three ways of getting what you want in almost every area of life. You can petition, you can protest or you can persuade. Can it really be that simple? Sure. Take a look.

3 Ways

 

  1. Petition
  2. Protest
  3. Persuade
     

Petition

Ask nicely.

To get what you want you have to ask for it. Most of us know what we don't want and have a vague idea of what we do want. But we never really ask. Or we are afraid to. Why? Because when we ask we often fear our request will be denied and we'll be...

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A Glimpse Into Congress With Intern Tyler Scott

 

Tyler Scott grew up in Southern California. She wanted to do something great. She wanted to change the world. She worked as a philosophy tutor and then she got a job as an intern in D.C. for Representative and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) in the Whip’s Office.

You might remember the congressman. He was a victim of a shooting on a baseball field in the summer of 2017.

Most D.C. offices receive and respond to about 10,000 emails and letters a month and they only have a staff...

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