Neel Kashkari – Lessons from the Trail

LIKE: “I would seek every opportunity to flip the stereotypes of Republicans and Democrats. I would focus on the most important issues that mattered to the widest array of Californians. Given our schools are ranked 46th and jobs ranked 45th, the issues were clear. But I wanted to talk about them in ways not typical for Republicans. Poverty, income in – equality, civil rights, economic opportunity – these are pressing issues in California. Republicans often talk about how our poor economic climate hurts businesses. I wanted to talk about how it hurts working families. I also wanted to talk about education as the fundamental civil rights issue that it is.”

The Republican Millennial

Neel Kashkari’s Lessons from the Trail was a great read. As an aspiring political leader, I learned a good deal from his candid remarks. I have a better understanding of what it takes to energize voters and establish name recognition. Here are a few things that we can start working on now.

Kashkari writes, “The hardest part of this campaign was raising money…I did not anticipate the fatigue major Republican donors felt after very well-funded defeats in 2010 and 2012. Indeed many donors have simply given up on California and instead donate to races outside the state, such as for the U.S. Senate.”

Crowdfunding can help with donor fatigue. We can design installment programs instead of asking for a single check. We can create a dashboard indicator that shows donors where every penny of their support is spent, or better yet, let them choose where it is spent. However, Kashkari…

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