Politics the Wellstone Way: How to Elect Progressive Candidates and Win on Issues

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During the past four years, political activism has grown to a level that has not been seen in the United States since the Vietnam War. Tensions over the war in Iraq and the presidential election motivated hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the political fence to take to the streets. Politics the Wellstone Way offers a comprehensive set of strategies to help progressives channel that energy into winning issue-based and electoral campaigns.

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Overview


During the past four years, political activism has grown to a level that has not been seen in the United States since the Vietnam War. Tensions over the war in Iraq and the presidential election motivated hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the political fence to take to the streets. Politics the Wellstone Way offers a comprehensive set of strategies to help progressives channel that energy into winning issue-based and electoral campaigns.

Wellstone Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing Paul and Sheila Wellstone’s fight for progressive change and economic justice by teaching effective political action skills to people across the country. Politics the Wellstone Way is a workshop in book form, providing the detailed framework needed to jump-start a new generation of activists plus plenty of helpful tools for old pros, including articulating a strong message, base building, field organizing, budgeting, fundraising, scheduling, getting out the vote, and grassroots advocacy and lobbying, illustrated by practical and inspirational examples.

From the school board all the way to the White House, Politics the Wellstone Way instructs people on becoming better organizers, candidates, campaign workers, and citizen activists, empowering them to make their voices heard.

Wellstone Action was established by the Wellstones’ two surviving sons, David and Mark. The main vehicle for this ongoing work is Camp Wellstone, a weekend training program that Wellstone Action leads regularly in locations across the country. Jeff Blodgett, Paul Wellstone’s longtime campaign manager, is the executive director of Wellstone Action. For more information visit www.wellstoneaction.org.

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“Paul Wellstone had a great ability to win by connecting his politics to people in a profound way. Paul can’t be replaced, but his formula for success can be passed on to others, and this book does just that. Written by the people who guided his successful campaigns, it is a blueprint for those who are committed to making a difference, taking a stand, and winning.” —Walter Mondale

 

“Paul Wellstone was a great American because he was honest and led with his heart. But he was a successful leader because he knew how to organize, and he showed ordinary citizens that they had the power within themselves to change our country.” —Howard Dean, chair of the Democratic National Committee and former presidential candidate

“This book is the next best thing to going to a Camp Wellstone if, like me, you are too lazy, or too important.” —Al Franken

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816646654
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 573,862
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

About this book
Introduction : politics the Wellstone way 1
1 Starting out right : preparation and planning 9
2 Delivering a winning message 23
3 Base building 39
4 Communications 63
5 Field organizing and direct voter contact 83
6 Budget and fundraising 111
7 Scheduling for electoral campaigns 137
8 Get out the vote (GOTV) 149
9 Advocacy, lobbying, and winning on issues 163
10 Sustaining progressive change 177
App. A "Coordinated campaign" : field plan from the 2002 Minnesota Democratic Party effort to reelect Paul Wellstone and other Democrats 189
App. B Wellstone for senate 2002 community of color organizing plan : Minnesota's Hmong community 199
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