How to Run for Local Office

Months before you file your candidacy with the local elections office, get out and meet as many voters, elected officials and party representatives as you can. Tell them about your vision, but don’t just talk at them. “Spend a lot of time listening,” If you don’t see someone who looks like you on your school board or City Council, it does not mean that you don’t belong there or that you cannot win.

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Stanley McChrystal: Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.

I like to say that leadership is a choice. As our leaders in Washington confront tough decisions about our budget priorities, I urge them to continue federal funding for public broadcasting. Public broadcasting makes our nation smarter, stronger and, yes, safer. It’s a small public investment that pays huge dividends for Americans. And it shouldn’t be pitted against spending more on improving our military. That’s a false choice.

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Trump abandoned promotion of human rights as a central aim of U.S. foreign policy, this already emboldening authoritarians and adversaries

Almost every day brings a fresh illustration of the degree to which Trump is unconcerned with promoting democracy or holding America’s moral high ground. From last week alone:

The president did not speak out after Putin’s forces cracked down on mass protests across Russia last week.

The U.S. government backed off its policy of regime change in Syria, saying that the Syrian people will decide President Bashar al-Assad’s future. (As if that’s something they could do.) “Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,” said U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley.

Trump’s State Department told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed under Barack Obama.

Still more bad news below the fold ———->

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