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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Candidate Kickoffs: Part 2
Oct 3, 2016 3:39 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 6,737

You can often tell who a candidate aligns with as soon as you arrive. Also the speeches--introductions and the candidate's speech--have very different styles. The... More
The "You're despicable" style of politics
Sep 22, 2016 2:22 pm
Comments: 42 | Views: 13,694

No I am not talking about the presidential campaign. Nor about Congress. Rather about local politics, as practiced by certain elected and appointed officials, and... More
A manipulative candidate questionnaire
Sep 8, 2016 1:16 am
Comments: 24 | Views: 5,448

The severe limitations of multiple-choice exams are well known, and I expect that all of you have your own horror stories.(foot#1) Despite this, the local advocacy... More
Candidate kickoffs: First weekend
Aug 30, 2016 1:30 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 9,016

There were five candidate kickoff events this weekend and I attended four--the one I missed was Greg Tanaka's because it conflicted with two of the others. The events... More
Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters
Aug 20, 2016 3:54 am
Comments: 5 | Views: 3,889

Kickoff events for the campaigns for the candidates for Palo Alto City Council and the School Board begin next week and extend into mid-September. While there will... More
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