10 Things You Need to Learn About Cleveland Before the 2016 Republican National Convention

Forget everything you've heard or read since the GOP announced Cleveland, Ohio as the host city for its 2016 Republican National Convention. As an Atlantic seaboard snob who has now lived longer in Cleveland than anywhere else (26-plus years), and couldn't be happier about it, here's where you need to start your online education about Cleveland - and then share it. ...more

3 Women of Color to Lead the NEA, the Largest U.S. Labor Organization

On July 4th of this year, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest U.S. labor organization, made history: its membership elected three women of color as its leaders, and its first female head in 25 years....more
They've got my attention! As I was researching the article, I realized that I've known of Al ...more

5 Things You'll Never Know Unless You Run For Office

Unbelievable as it sounds, five years have passed since I started the series of BlogHer.com posts I wrote about running for City Council in a small Northeast Ohio suburb. I ran, I won, I got more votes than two of three incumbents and I survived a six-month home renovation during the campaign, including three weeks of not living at home and five months of living with four other people (three kids and a husband) based out of one room....more
Jill, The title doesn't do the advice justice. http://havecoffeewillwrite.com/?p=40053 Jeffmore

Look Who's Pinning: The White House & Government Join Pinterest

The Obama White House is no stranger to the tools of civic engagement. Its social media hub page, titled "Engage and Connect," offers easy access to its Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Scribd, Flickr, Slideshare, LinkedIn, FourSquare and even GitHub accounts....more

Election 2016: Top Five Factors To Consider Now

What might the United States political world look like in 2016? The predictions began to roll in even before 2012 votes were counted, with Vice President Joe Biden being one of the first to tease about being a candidate -- for something -- in that year....more

Ohio: Reports of Provisional Ballots "Handed Out Like Candy"

This is not the post I wanted to write about Election Day. I wanted to write about how I'm going to be in an NPR war room with 30 other amazing political junkies to cover the returns. Instead, I'm watching the Twitter stream in my home state fill up with tweets like: "Our reporters hearing of a deluge of voting problems in Cleveland. People purged from rolls and provisionals "being handed out like candy." Why is Election Day always so DRAMA in Ohio?...more
@Kpvega Wow - that is really just so unreal. I do not understand it. I agree with the desire and ...more

A Debate Wish List for President Obama

I live in Ohio. That alone should induce pity, given that we're exactly 36 days from the November 6 general election (early voting started today as well).  You may think you know what it's like to be subjected to literally tens of thousands of political ads a week but, I'm just saying? I highly doubt it. I don't even watch broadcast television, but they get me when I turn on cable. And when I am avoiding cable, they get me in the banner ads - on every kind of website you can imagine, there they are. Then, there's the mailbox, and my email inbox, and the yard signs.My ace in the hole for putting up with this stuff is the fact that I've run for office before and was very well-prepared. Although I didn't have to debate anyone for a seat on my city council for a community of 6,000, I did have to learn how to speak extemporaneously and still sound authentic. On the third hand, I also knew in my head that I had messages to get across and points to make. So when I watch a debate, you can bet that I'm watching to see how the candidates walk these lines too. ...more
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Obama Bus Tour Hits Ohio: We Meet Again

On Thursday evening, July 5, for the first time in over four years, I saw Barack Obama in person.The last three times I saw him, he was either just plain ole U.S. Senator Obama (2006) or Senator and presidential candidate Obama (2007, 2008). The main differences I noticed? Age, confidence, charisma, and fervor -- he displayed more of all four....more
Only other thing I'll add before you respond (and I hope you do) is that the challenger an ...more

Wisconsin Voters Reject Recall Attempt of Governor Scott Walker

In the 2008 presidential primary season, the late spring-early summertime blossomed with pundit opportunities, what with Hillary dropping out and Barack Obama consolidating his nomination....more
I won't get into an argument about why I support unions. I will say that high voter turnout is ...more

GOP Primaries: It's Romney, But It's Not Over (But It Should Be)

I'm out. I'm just all out. I can read more, talk more, opine more. But really -- how much more is there to actually say, that hasn't already been said, about the Republican candidates remaining in the primary battle to be the party's nominee for the 2012 general election?...more