On the Doors

It has been a few months since I doorbelled for a candidate, but it was good to get back into it. I got soaked, I got lost, I got growled and yipped and whined at. I had a puppy climb my leg and a stormwater puddle fill my shoe. And I got to connect to […]

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Curb Cuts, On and Offline

This past weekend as part of my weekend program for progressive leaders I went to a talk from some of the people who run public transportation in Portland. They spoke at the TriMet offices, which is the metropolitan transit authority for Portland and its surrounding communities. A friend and I showed up 20 minutes early because we were a […]

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This is Where I Work (Almost)

This is the first morning of the Washington state legislature’s 2015 session; last week I started a new job as the Session Aide for Representative Ross Hunter. I don’t actually work in the capitol building, but am mere steps from it. Representative Hunter is chair of the Appropriations Committee, meaning he is in charge of writing the state budget, […]

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The Representative and Her Baby

I am proud to be a member of the Institute for a Democratic Future, a 6-month leadership training program for progressives in Washington state. There was an application process, an interview, and a tense week of waiting but then–I became a Fellow. This was the kickoff weekend, and I got to hear from inspiring speakers with enlivening […]

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Who represents me?

Every voter in my country has a list of people who are supposed to represent them. People who they can, if they need to, call upon for help with public problems. For efficiency, these elected officials divvy up responsibility for responding to problems by geography and numbers, with those elected by fewer people responsible for more […]

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