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Episode 28 - Case Study: Gayatri Agnew in Arkansas' 93rd.

There are 100 seats in the Arkansas state house and a mere 24 of them are held by Democrats. Of those Democrats, 3 are women and only 1 is a woman of color. In November of 2018, Gayatri Agnew is looking to double that number. Gayatri Agnew is running for the State House to represent constituents of the 93rd district, and to represent women of color across the state. On this episode of the Election University Podcast, our cohosts Jason Bennett and Reiney Cohen interview Gayatri to learn how to get beyond party affiliation, connect with voters across the aisle, and get elected.Whether you are a Democrat running in a red district, or a Republican running in a sea of blue, this is one Election University episode you won't want to miss!

Gayatri is a mother of two, a business leader and a lifelong advocate for opportunity. Her campaign is focused on roads, education, and job diversity. Gayatri shares her cutting-edge campaign insight for hiring strong campaign staff, getting out the vote, and doing digital advertising. You can learn more about Agnew’s campaign and get involved before the November election by going to https://www.agnewforus.com.

Listeners, we want to hear from you! Are you preparing to run? What did you think of our guide? First-time candidates, what do you wish you had known before you dropped your name in the hat? What topic should we tackle next? We want to know! Send us an email at podcast@electionu.com or leave us a note or a review in the comment section below. You just might be the next guest on the Election University podcast!

You can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
Jul, 24 2018

Episode 27 - Campaign Photos: How to Get the Best Shots

Pictures play an essential role in campaigns. Whether they are in mailers, publications, or featured on a candidates website; photographs are essential in shaping the public’s image of a candidate. So how do you use photography to your advantage in a campaign, and how do you do so cost-effectively?

On this episode of the Election University podcast, hosts Jason Bennett and Reiney Cohen talk about campaign photography. Our hosts talk with Nate Gowdy, a photographer who has worked with the likes of Bernie Sanders and President Barack Obama, and has also had one of his pictured on the cover of TIME Magazine. They talk with him about his career path, campaign photography tips, as well as managing the associated costs. They also discuss useful information regarding copyright and image usage.

Interested in seeing more of Nate’s work? You can find that on his website or see his most recent shots on his Instagram feed. You can view his TIME Magazine cover here.

Listeners, we want to hear from you! Have you had unique experiences documenting a race or a specific candidate? Do you have more tips about cost-effective campaign photography? Do you have suggestions about what we should talk about next? Whatever it is, send your thoughts and suggestions to podcast@ElectionU.com or leave a note in the comment section below.

You can listen to the show right here on the website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlaySpotifyStitcherSoundcloudiHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
Jul, 17 2018

Episode 26 - How to Work the Media So It Doesn't Work You

The thought of dealing with the press terrifies many candidates and campaign staff. And whether coverage is from a local political blog or nightly news, media has the power to reach many thousands of voters— and all for free. But controlling that narrative is another story. Your local newspaper can choose to endorse, elevate, and promote your campaign… Or completely throw it off message. So how do you work the media—so that it doesn’t work you?

This week on the Election University podcast, Reiny Cohen and Jason Bennett chat about mastering the media and using it to promote your campaign. Our hosts talk with Marco Lowe, Adjunct Professor of Campaigns, Elections, and Public Policy at Seattle University, political commentator on King5 News in Seattle, and local elections guru. They discuss how media can be used to benefit and harm your campaign. They talk managing expectations, speaking on and off the record, leaking stories, mastering messaging, and communications strategy on this episode of the Election University podcast. Don’t miss it!

You can find out more about Marco and connect with him on his LinkedIn here. Interested in taking his class? You can find out more about this educational work here. Want to see some of his debut videos commenting on Seattleite politics? You can watch some clips from King5 here.

Listeners, we want to hear from you! Have you ever been caught in a “gotcha” moment on the campaign trail? What about the press is encouraging or terrifying to you? Have you written your share of monotonous press releases? Are you writing an OpEd to your local newspaper about how much you love our podcast? We want to know about it! Send us an email at podcast@electionu.com or leave us a note or a review in the comment section below.

You can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlaySpotifyStitcherSoundcloudiHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
Jul, 03 2018

Episode 25 - Preparing Now for a Future Run for Office

You want to make a difference. So, you protest, you march, and you vote. But is it time to take the next step and run for yourself? If you’ve been thinking “not yet” through 2017 and 2018, NOW is the time to get started for 2019, or even for 2020! It’s never to soon to get started.

In this episode of the Election University Podcast, our host Jason Bennett talks with Dean Nielsen of Cerillion N4 Partners about preparing to run for office. They talk list-building, storytelling, stump speeches, fundraising, and more on this informative and inspiring episode. Tune in for practical tips and tricks that will save you time and money on the campaign trail. Get organized, and ready, set, run! Dean Nielsen is a principal at Cerillion N4 Partners. Cerillion is a national political consulting firm that works in more than 37 states, in races from Congressional to City Council. Previously, Dean served as the National Political Director for Progressive Majority. He also founded the Institute for a Democratic Future to recruit and train the progressive policymakers of our future.

You can access some of Cerillion’s free resources, like the Quick Start Guide to Winning your Election and the Photo Guide to Win Votes on the Cerillion N4 Partner's website here. You can read more about the study out of Princeton that found that snap judgments determined election outcome with 70% accuracy here. You can find more campaign resources and information at Wellstone.org.

Listeners, we want to hear from you! Are you preparing to run? What did you think of our guide? First-time candidates, what do you wish you had known before you dropped your name in the hat? What topic should we tackle next? We want to know! Send us an email at podcast@electionu.com or leave us a note or a review in the comment section below. You just might be the next guest on the Election University podcast!

You can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlaySpotifyStitcherSoundcloudiHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
Jun, 19 2018

Episode 24 - Not Every Campaign is a Nightmare

Will running for School Board cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars or just 15 hours of doorbelling? How hard is it, really, to run for office, and why the heck should you do it? If we scared you far, far away from running for office in our episode with Los Altos School Board President Sangeeth Peruri, here’s an episode that might lure you back into the fold.

On this week’s episode of the Election University podcast, we take a look at another candidate who’s breaking the traditional mold of higher office. Jill Barrett is a clinical social worker at the Department of Defense, owner of a psychology private practice, mom, and Borough of Interlaken School Board Member. Jill is exceptionally qualified to work on her local school board, and was appointed to the Board in the fall of 2016. Our hosts Jason Bennett and Reiny Cohen get the scoop on Jill’s appointment and the surprising campaign to retain her seat. Tune in, listeners; you might just be inspired to run for yourself!

Tell us what you think about this week’s episode! And listeners, we want to hear more of your campaign stories—nightmares, successes, and everything in between! Send us a message detailing your favorite and least favorite memories on the campaign trail. Or tell us what made you decide to run—or what’s holding you back? What topic should we tackle next? We want to know! Send us an email at podcast@electionu.com or leave us a note or a review in the comment section below. You just might be the next guest on the Election University podcast!

You can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlaySpotifyStitcherSoundcloudiHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
Jun, 05 2018

Episode 23 - Campaign Tools Review: ECanvasser

In Episode 23, our hosts talk with Brendan Tobin, Head of Growth for ECanvasser. 

You can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
May, 29 2018

Episode 22 - Crafting an Excellent Speech

 If you had just three minutes to outline your campaign’s message and win over critical votes, would you be prepared? What if you were standing in front of a hostile crowd, all eyes on you? If your best strategy is to imagine your audience in their pajamas and crack a few jokes, you probably aren’t as prepared as you think. In this episode of the Election University podcast, our hosts Jason Bennett and Reiny Cohen speak with expert speechwriter Eric Liu to help you craft an excellent stump speech.

Our guest Eric Liu is a former speechwriter and policy advisor to Bill Clinton. He has written seven books, including bestsellers The Gardens of DemocracyTrue Patriot, the Accidental Asian, You’re More Powerful Than You Thinkand Guiding Lights. He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, an organization dedicated to fostering active citizenship through activism, communication, and education. He is also the Executive Director of the Aspen Citizenship and American Identity program. Eric has hosted two TED Talks, “There’s No Such Thing as Not Voting” and “Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power.”

You can find out more about Eric and his work with Citizen University here. You can keep up with Eric on Linkedin here or on twitter @ericpliu.

So, what did you think, listeners? Are you standing in front of the mirror practicing your speech right now? Are you thinking strategy and objectives with your stump speeches? Let us know! And this week, we don’t just want to know your thoughts the episode—we want to hear them! This week, we are asking for voice recordings of your stump speech, or your questions and comments on the episode in audio format! In two minutes or less, record your campaign message and send it to podcast@electionu.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

As always, you can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlaySpotifyStitcherSoundcloudiHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
May, 22 2018

Episode 21 - Our Website is Launching Two New Features

In today's 21st Episode, we discuss two new features of the Election University website: a free jobs board and a free vendor list. It will always be free to post jobs and always free to access them. We will also require employers to list a salary range for the jobs they post - no more "depending on experience" vagueness! We pre-loaded our jobs board with more than 300 jobs across the country (sadly some of these do not include salary, but any new postings will be required). It's easy to search, easy to post, and easy to apply. To get started with posting a job, click here. 

For our vendor list, we detail what it means to earn an "EU Certification" as a political vendor. We combed through thousands of pages of campaign finance/compliance documents and pulled together vendors who have worked on at least three campaigns over at least two cycles. We are building this list out everyday but we've started with printers, mailhouses, and pollsters. We'll be adding other categories and certifying other vendor profiles daily...so please check back often. To create your own vendor profile, click here.

In addition to our two new features, we also highlight our other free tools: a campaign cybersecurity ebook, a Code of Conduct template, and an Employee Contract template. Inspired by our great interviews with Benjamin Caudill of Rhino Security Labs in Episode 3 and Jessica Patterson of The Purple Campaign in Episode 13, these are great starter tools to increasing your campaign and personal safety, plus keeping your staff, volunteers, and yourself protected by clear guidelines on what is acceptable behavior and what is expected on a campaign. Click here to download your free templates!

What do you think of the new tools? Are we missing a feature you'd like added? Let us know! Email us at podcast@ElectionU.com or leave a note in the comment section below.

You can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlaySpotifyStitcherSoundcloudiHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
May, 15 2018

Episode 20 - The Woman Project and Rhode Island's Feminist Art-as-Activism Movement

When you think about the “political condition of the Ocean State,” you probably think about a whole lot of blue. Rhode Island is one of the most Democratic states in the nation, and is represented nationally by a very blue slate of Democratic legislators. It probably comes as no surprise, then, that today’s podcast out of Rhode Island is courtesy of a feminist, pro-choice, art advocacy group. But what might shock you is that despite this Democratic representation, Rhode Island received an F-rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Rhode Island Pro-Life has endorsed 38% of the state’s Democratic representatives. Should Roe v. Wade be overturned federally, the right to an abortion in Rhode Island would be threatened.

On the 20th episode of the Election University podcast, our hosts Jason Bennett and Reiny Cohen investigate the surprising condition of Rhode Island…and how two art advocates are revolutionizing grassroots organizing to change it. From a conversation in the Hera Art Gallery to an international movement, our guests Jordan Hevernor and Jocelyn Foye are using their creativity to change the face of political organizing—and the status of women’s rights in their state.

Are you ready to dive into artivism with The Woman Project? You can learn more and get involved on their website, here. If you are a Rhode Islander, you can sign up volunteer here. You can also participate financially to the Woman Project by donating here. Have questions or want to share your story with The Woman Project? Get in touch here.

And if you are supporting The Woman Project from afar, you can keep up with the Women Project on social media at FacebookInstagramYoutube, and Twitter @WomanProjectHQ.

We want to hear from you, listeners! Have you used art to drive change in your community? How has creativity impacted your political campaign? How are you revolutionizing grassroots organizing in your community? Do you have a project that you’d like to share on the podcast? We want to know about it! Email us at podcast@ElectionU.com or leave a note in the comment section below.

You can listen to the show right here on the EU website or by subscribing in iTunes, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlaySpotifyStitcherSoundcloudiHeartRadio, and more! If you do subscribe, please leave us a rating and review. We love the feedback and we read every one! If you'd like to hear a particular topic on our podcast, please email podcast@electionu.com. As always, thanks for listening!

Jason Bennett
May, 08 2018