Political Note #225   Gary Peters MI US Senate

2020               General Election Gary Peters https://petersformichigan.com/ is running for a second term. I had thought I might start by explaining he was unusual among the men in the US Senate. His family had no pretensions to leadership. He did not demonstrate the aspirations that lead a high schooler to attend Harvard or Yale or Stanford or Chicago. He’s not as unusual as I thought. Of the Democratic men in the US Senate, half did not go to schools like Harvard or Yale or Stanford or Chicago. Or have other marks of being or striving to be members of the elite.…

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Political Note #117 Tom Malinowski NJ CD 07

Tom Malinowski interned for New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley. He went west for university and earned a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then left to earn an M.Phil. from Oxford. He worked for the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and then the Ford Foundation. He worked in the State Department writing speeches for Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madelaine Albright. Under Clinton he became Senior Director of the National Security Council managing international communications and writing foreign policy speeches for the President. With Democrats out of office, he became the head of the Washington office of Human Rights Watch. For over a decade, he was a leading opponent of the US use of torture, of tyranny in Myanmar, and of groups like the Taliban.

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Political Note #196 Jared Golden ME CD 02

Jared Golden is the only Member of Congress to have been elected by Ranked Voting. He is the rare ex military newly elected Member of Congress who was an enlistee and not an officer. He is one of the even rarer Member of Congress to have been identified by the VA as having PTSD. He brings a distinctive and important voice to Congress.

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Political Note #194 Andy Kim NJ CD 03

Is Andy Kim a regular guy, a ball player? His old website recalled him hitting a New Jersey recreation league home run. The story is gone from the website. There is a picture of him as a boy holding a baseball bat,not quite ready to take a swing. Not exactly comfortable as a regular guy. He’s more impressive than a regular guy. His bio recalls his Korean born parents and his commitment to service. Every bit of his life reflects his parents’ expectations and his commitment to service. Andy Kim’s toughness and his family’s toughness stand out. His father was an orphan and a polio victim living on the streets in South Korea. His mother was almost as poor -- from a failed farm community devastated by famine.

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