Daily Archives: 02/14/2013

Happy Valentines Day

(Community Matters)

Happy Valentines Day

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as presented by our dear, 14-yo friend, Dio Cramer

Next Generation Donors

next generation(Community Matters) Stanford Social Innovation Review: Next Gen Donors and Their Plan for Greater Impact

A first-of-its-kind national study shows that Gen X and Millennial major donors aim to revamp philanthropic strategy and take risks on new tools.

The next generations of major donors have the potential to be the most transformative philanthropists in history. The Gen Xers and Millennials who are inheriting the $40 trillion wealth transfer, along with those making their own wealth, will control unprecedented amounts of philanthropic resources.

While they perceive their parents and grandparents as driven by obligation, recognition, and tradition, they see themselves as driven by strategy and impact. Next gen donors want to change how they give, more than what causes they support. They want to revamp philanthropic strategy in ways that can make it more effective.

this so reminds me of my friend Will Meredith

Good Signs on Elizabeth Warren

elizabeth warrenfrom Politico’s Playbook:

THE WAY TO WIN – “Elizabeth Warren’s silent Senate approach,” by Kate Nocera and Patrick Reis : Senator “Warren has kept the lowest of profiles, speaking only to select Massachusetts media outlets while [largely] shutting out the national press … For a left-leaning icon and national media darling, the role of silent senator is a sharp departure from her rousing campaign and outspoken consumer advocacy. It’s the same tactic used by other first-term senators who entered the chamber to great fanfare … former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton [and] Sen. Al Franken … [O]utlets hoping to nab Warren’s thoughts in the Capitol hallways are either ignored or offered a litany of excuses for why she can’t talk, including Warren’s own recent explanation that she’s ‘walking right now.’ … By picking her battles and flying under the radar, Warren is working to convert her campaign star-power into a reputation as a serious legislator among her Senate colleagues. … Warren’s conspicuously quiet entrance to Congress, as well as her laser-sharp focus on the Bay State, is in part a bid to prove she’s not the carpet-bagging bomb-thrower her critics predicted.” http://politi.co/X75fgD

A Divided GOP

rand paul(Community Matters) Could Rand Paul lead to a GOP divided in two? 



I’m more encouraged by an affirmative to the NYTimes question: Can young, tech-savvy Republicans overthrow their party’s disconnected old guard? Can the Republicans be Saved From Obsolescence?

Mother of the Tea Party

(Community Matters) This shouldn’t be news to anyone but suppose it might be: Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers

Political Make Believe

rubio(Community Matters) I’m not a fan of Democrats or Republicans who fatten at the public trough – even less so when they then espouse hypocritical rhetoric. To my R friends, combined with his made up bio –  I wouldn’t put all my eggs in this basket.

What does David Plouffe say about Rubio?

The Hispanic voters in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico don’t give a damn about Marco Rubio, the Tea Party Cuban-American from Florida. You know what? We won the Cuban vote! And it’s because younger Cubans are behaving differently than their parents. It’s probably my favorite stat of the whole campaign. So this notion that Marco Rubio is going to heal their problems – it’s not even sophomoric; it’s juvenile! And by the way: the bigger problem they’ve got with Latinos isn’t immigration. It’s their economic policies and health care. The group that supported the president’s health care bill the most? Latinos.’

republicans-articleLargeI’m encouraged by (while not holding my breath) an affirmative to the NYTimes question: Can young, tech-savvy Republicans overthrow their party’s disconnected old guard? Can the Republicans be Saved From Obsolescence? I continue to believe our country is better served by two strong, rational and reasonable parties striking compromise.