Mendocino County

How Dan Hamburg Won Election


From WILLIAM P. MEYERS
Point Arena

Dan Hamburg won his 2010 campaign [with 57.4%] to become 5th District Supervisor of Mendocino County California. This is an extremely liberal, mainly rural and small town, and geographically large district.

The key elements of the campaign were:

1.  Dan decided he wanted to be County Supervisor and started campaigning at least a year before the filing date. His early campaign consisted mainly of re-introducing himself to activists, which helped him launch with a large campaign committee and initial list of endorsers. That made Dan the frontrunner, and likely headed off endorsements of other candidates by people who knew and liked several of the candidates.

2. His campaign team was large and relatively experienced. Many on the team had worked together on previous campaigns for or against local propositions or candidates. The team included an overall coordinator, a coastal and an inland campaign manager, a database person, treasurer, and other advisors.

3. Dan ran a non-partisan, issues-based race. He always admitted to being a Green Party member when asked, and refused to re-register Democrat when pushed, but campaigned on issues and his capabilities. Many of his campaign workers were decline to state or registered Democrats, in addition to registered Greens.

Organic Money


From GENE LOGSDON
Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Recently I was invited to a most unusual gathering. The event was not officially called a “Conference On Advanced Economic Trends” but if it had been held at a university, it would surely have been given a high-sounding name like that. Instead it was held on a working farm and was called “Our Garlic Festival.”

The farm is Jandy’s, after its owners, Andy Reinhart and Jan Dawson. They make their living growing and selling vegetables from less than two acres of their little farm, mostly at the farmer’s market in nearby Bellefountaine, Ohio. Locally Jan and Andy are revered organic garden farmers. One look at their crops will tell anyone who knows anything about organic gardening just how remarkably skilled they are at their craft. Sometimes a head of their bibb lettuce barely fits into a bushel basket. They don’t need to have organic certification. Their customers know that if Jan and Andy say its organic, rest assured that it is organic. They don’t sell commodities; they sell the fruit of their dedicated way of life, drops of their sweat and blood.

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Journalism Is Killing America


From emptywheel

Five years ago, the traditional media helped Bush pitch a war that got 4,337 service men and women killed in Iraq (to say nothing of the thousands and thousands of Iraqis killed).

Now, traditional media journalism is back to killing Americans, in this case by deliberately misrepresenting public views on health care reform. EJ Dionne describes how at least one network refused to cover civil, informative town halls.

But what if our media-created impression of the meetings is wrong? What if the highly publicized screamers represented only a fraction of public opinion? What if most of the town halls were populated by citizens who respectfully but firmly expressed a mixture of support, concern and doubt?

There is an overwhelming case that the electronic media went out of their way to cover the noise and ignored the calmer (and from television’s point of view “boring”) encounters between elected representatives and their constituents.

Over the past week, I’ve spoken with Democratic House members, most from highly contested districts, about what happened in their town halls. None would deny polls showing that the health-reform cause lost ground last month, but little of the probing civility that characterized so many of their forums was ever seen on television.