Mike Kondratick

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Different Legislature, Different Strategy

Different Legislature, Different Strategy

Despite North Carolina Democrats' modest gains in the General Assembly in this week's elections, the state's power dynamic changed substantially. The GOP's veto-proof majority is gone. Passing anyt…

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Mike Kondratick

Thursday, 26 July 2018

When the Session Ends the Real Work Begins

When the Session Ends the Real Work Begins

Our legislative session here in North Carolina ended earlier this month (er, for the most part, anyway). Congress is speeding toward August recess. Everyone is focused on what's sure to be a tumultuo…

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Mike Kondratick

Friday, 4 May 2018

Your Bill Won’t Pass in 2018. Now what?

Your Bill Won’t Pass in 2018. Now what?

The short session of North Carolina's legislative biennium is upon us and, given legislators' anxiousness at the thought of political upheaval in November, the session promises to actually be short. …

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Mike Kondratick

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The OpenGov Report: Technology Won’t Save You

The OpenGov Report: Technology Won’t Save You

Earlier this month, Wired published their take on The OpenGov Foundation's exhaustive research into how Capitol Hill offices engage with, process and respond to constituent communications. The art…

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Mike Kondratick

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

My 2018 Advocacy Resolution: Be More Inefficient

My 2018 Advocacy Resolution: Be More Inefficient

I've completed another round of New Years-focused advocacy articles. The best of 2017. What to watch for in 2018. New tools are slick and certainly improve our ability to communicate. So none of th…

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Mike Kondratick

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Three Lessons I Learned in 2017

Three Lessons I Learned in 2017

Relate Advocacy's first year has been a roller-coaster. Thankfully we've had more ups than downs. This is the first time in my career that I've had to run nearly every aspect of every advocacy camp…

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Mike Kondratick

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

How do I explain advocacy to my parents?

How do I explain advocacy to my parents?

I’ve been doing issues advocacy work for 17 years. And every year--I mean every single one--when our family gets together for the holidays I get the same question: “What is it that you do, exac…

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Mike Kondratick

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Thinking about advocacy in a different way

Thinking about advocacy in a different way

Every issue campaigner is taught the same thing. To be effective, you must: Recruit Engage Mobilize In that order. It's simple. And, in today's communications world, totally wrong. …

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