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What lobbyists do

The stereotypes Everyone thinks they know what a lobbyist is. It is perhaps the most stereotyped profession in the world: How voters see lobbyists           How legislators see lobbyists               How lobbyists see themselves             The reality First, a definition: Lobbying is the act of attempting...

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How Activists Create Change

How do activists create change? Last June, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University asked the question, “How does activism drive corporate change?” While their research focuses on activism’s impact on corporate management, most of their insights also apply to political activism. Sometimes the impact is direct: A shareholder group filed a resolution urging McDonald’s to replace...

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Ballot issues can bring change

Some time ago, I wrote about civic activist Barry Klein, who helps fellow Texans set up ballot issues on community issues. Today, I received an e-mail from him reporting three victories from elections held May 9. In San Antonio voters approved a charter amendment that will require voter approval on any future urban rail proposal. In Arlington voters amended their city charter to ban red light...

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The dark side of Christmas

Christmas is a beautiful season, in both its religious and secular manifestations. We focus on Mary, Joseph, and the Baby in the manger, on the angels singing Gloria, the shepherds and wise men; but these are only part of the Christmas story. If we confine our telling of the Christmas story to what we learned as children, we risk losing much of its power. What does the Christmas story have to do...

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Curing election-day jitters

The following message is directed to candidates and those active volunteers who have bled, toiled, sweated, and cried for months to win the election, only now to find that it is upon them… A week from Tuesday is Election Day. You knocked on the doors, sent out the mailings and e-newsletters, put up the yard signs, and begged for money. So what is left on Election Day but to wait for the...

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