Legacy building – or how to pass really unpalatable stuff

Beware the lame duck. Strike that. Beware the WOUNDED lame duck. Those departing Congressional peeps are ready to place all of their soon-to-be former colleagues between a rock and a hard place. Every year, it seems – and especially just following an election – Congress hands the American people an unpalatable Christmas present. Using the…

Mia Love’s new chief of staff faces immediate, undeserved criticism

Less than 24 hours ago, Mia Love announced her first two staff selections and the criticizing of her choices began within nano-seconds. Congresswoman-elect Love chose Muffy Day as her chief of staff, currently the chief of staff for Congressman John Campbell (R-CA). To run the district, she chose Laurel Price, the Operations Director of her…

The #1 rule Eric Cantor forgot

“Unprecedented” “Historic” “Out of left field” (or in this case, right field). “Unexpected” “Stunning” “Shocking” Writers all over the country are pulling out the old thesaurus to try and find the right words to describe US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss last night. In addition to the right headline grabber, writers were (and are)…

Beware the erstwhile folk hero

Recently, Cliven Bundy, a rebellious rancher in Nevada became a folk hero in some circles when, after decades of refusing to pay range fees, he stood up to “the man” and forced a stand-off with the BLM. Indeed, ad hoc militia groups rushed to his rescue, armed and ready to go to war for the…

Five lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr

Today, as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought it appropriate to revisit some of the lessons from Dr. King. There is no question he was a gifted speaker and a powerful leader. From Dr. King, we learn that strong leaders: 1. Speak the truth, without varnish. An awful lot of people did…

Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr

Today, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I thought it appropriate to look at some of the lessons from Dr. King. There is no question he was a gifted speaker and a powerful leader. Some of today’s leaders can learn a thing or two about speaking up. From Dr. King, we learn that strong…