Political Note #211 Marc Friedenberg PA CD 12

Marc Friedenberg is not a politician. He is an academic. A particular kind of academic. He is a graduate of Columbia law school and an expert in cyber law and internet privacy. While in practice, he sued big banks for fraud. He saw the banks as centers of greed, corruption, and carelessness.

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Political Note #188 Jennifer Boysko VA SD 33

Jennifer Boysko grew up in Alabama. She went to college in Virginia -- Hollins University. Still a women's school. With a reputation for gentility. And for literacy, for writing. For personal attention. Fewer than eight hundred undergraduates.Her first political job was for an Alabaman. She was an aide to Senator Richard Shelby - when he was a Democrat. She became a policy maven. Federal policy and local policy. She worked for a township supervisor in Virginia. She did particular work with homeowners groups. Governor McAuliffe appointed her as a Citizen Member of the state Real Estate Board. After training from Emerge, she ran for HD 86 for a second time in 2015. The incumbent retired. Maybe he knew she was coming back. Other Democrats knew. No one opposed her in the primary. She won the general election 54 -- 42 despite being outspent. She is now running for the State Senate from a position of strength.

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Political Note #129 Danny O’Connor OH CD 12

Danny O'Connor's case for election rests on his work as Franklin County Recorder. Not glamorous work. Not work for a member of the elite. The Recorder keeps land records -- deeds, surveys, mortgages, easements, and liens. Danny O'Connor cleaned up an office which was badly run. He is in tune with his electorate.

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Political Note #120 Mike Espy MS US Senate

Mike Espy was the first African-American Congressman from Mississippi since reconstruction. He was Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton administration. He is practicing law now. In Mississippi. He resembles many of the Democrats running for Congress in Republican districts. He is a moderate Democrat. As a Member of Congress, he got NRA support. As a Member of Congress, he was not controversial. He was on the Agriculture Committee. He was a member of Bill Clinton's moderate Democratic Leadership Council. Mike Espy was successful in attracting a substantial portion of the white vote in his district.

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Political Note #111 Shelley Mayer NY SD 37

Republicans complain that Shelley Mayer is an insider. Shelley Mayer is an insider. She worked in Robert Abram's Attorney General office, was senior counsel for the National State Attorney General Program at Columbia, was vice president of government and community affairs for Continuum Health Partners, and served as chief counsel to the senate Democrats -- all before being elected to the Assembly. She is a state representative. She promises, in the Senate, a cleaner political atmosphere in Albany, stronger ethics requirements, more effective ways to address sexual harassment.

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